German Whole-Wheat Apple Cake Recipe

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  • 80 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 10 slices (10 servings)
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Apples are a popular dessert fruit in German cooking. From cakes to pies to beloved strudel,they abound in the culinary repertoire. This apple cake recipe is a good way to mix healthy food with pleasurable food. Using whole-wheat pastry flour, apples and agave syrup, this cake is moist but not too dense, and it is pretty, too. Serve German apple cake with whipped cream or ice cream for a real treat.

Note: You can vary the flavors and the dried fruit to suit in this apple cake recipe.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound/454 grams apples (Braeburn, Roma or Granny Smith, about 4 to 6 large apples)
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced, and optional zest)
  • 6 tablespoons/75 grams butter (room-temperature)
  • 1/4 cup/85 grams agave syrup
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups/260 grams ​whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or 1 teaspoon lemon zest)
  • 1 cup/245 grams yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons raisins

How to Make It

  1. Peel, core and quarter apples, then slice lengthwise into crescent-moon shapes. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Make the cake batter by creaming 6 tablespoons (75 grams) of softened butter with the 1/4 cup (85 grams) agave syrup until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla and lemon zest, if using.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon OR 1 teaspoon lemon zest. You could also use apple pie spice or other spice mixture.
  1. Combine half of the flour mixture with the creamed mixture until smooth.
  2. Beat 1/2 cup yogurt into the batter. Repeat with the second half of flour mixture and end with the remaining 1/2 cup yogurt.
  3. Drain the lemon juice from the apples and pat them dry. Fold in half the apple slices and all of the raisins.
  4. Spoon the batter into a buttered and floured, 9-inch (23cm) springform pan. You could also try a 9-inch, deep dish pie pan.
  5. Lay the rest of the apple slices on top of the cake in a rosette form. It is easiest to do this starting in the middle first.
  6. Drizzle the cream over the top of the apples and bake at 350F (176C) for 45 to 55 minutes.
  7. Let cool and serve with whipped cream. You can also glaze the top of the cake with some warm apricot jam, which will keep the fruit from drying out.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 196
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 94 mg
Sodium 344 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 7 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)