German Apple Cake

In my last post I wrote about an Oktoberfest party that our friends threw, and in addition to cheezy beer dip, I also brought along this German Apple Cake from The Joy of Vegan Baking.

It was my first time making this, and unfortunately I didn’t have any applesauce on hand.  I subbed some egg replacer, but I don’t think it did the trick as well as applesauce would have.  The flavor of the cake was great, but the texture was a bit crumbly and dry.  I don’t think this is the fault of the recipe, and I’m sure it’s great when made as written.  Even though the texture was a bit off, I still could probably eat the whole thing in one sitting.

A bigger issue I had with this cake was that the apples didn’t bake quite enough for me.  I pre-cooked them a bit, as instructed, but they just didn’t soften enough.  I baked the cake for much more time than was called for in the recipe, so I’m not sure why the apples were still so firm.

I think I’d be willing to try this cake again with the right ingredients.  I do have another apple cake recipe that I love, and while it’s not as pretty as this cake, it’s really delicious.  Have any of you tried this German Apple Cake?  How did it turn out for you?

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12 Responses to “German Apple Cake”

  1. There was a German Apple Cake recipe I played around with a few times, but it was just “okay.” It definitely wasn’t one to brag about. Even if your cake didn’t turn our perfect, it sure looks pretty!

  2. Crumbly or not, that looks beautiful! I haven’t ever made a German Apple Cake, but now I’d like to do so… :)

  3. I have made it and I liked it! Although I made it as written (with applesauce) and still found it a bit dry. I also thought the flavor could be amped up a little. But the apples on top did cook fine for me, and it was a lot of pretty for not a lot of effort, so I appreciated that.

  4. I have been wanting to try this recipe for a while, and now I think I will–it looks beautiful! Our local apple orchard still has some nice varieties to pick, so I will take advantage of that.

  5. Should have used Aunt Marsha’s recipe

  6. Kiersten & Kelly – thank you both!

    Amy – thanks for the input. I agree that it looks great with very minimal effort.

    Candice – you should try it. Part of the fun for me is using the apples that are in season.

    Jerry – you know that recipe is my favorite for anything apple!

  7. Your German apple cake looks fantastic. I can just imagine how it tastes.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new food photo gallery showcasing beautiful baking.

  8. hmm, I wonder if covering it with aluminum foil during part of the baking process would help the apples cook all the way through? That’s the trick I use for apple pies.

  9. I made this cake and love it. Instead of putting the apples on the top I layered them on the bottom and poured the cake batter on top. Also, I made my own apple sauce and I think that added more moisture. Overall I really like this recipe. Will be making it again, soon.

  10. Hi, Elena! Thanks for the tips! I’ll have to try this with the apples on the bottom. I bet that would help them cook more.

  11. Also, when I made the cake I greased my pan with vegan butter and the cake came out very easy. No need to scrape the sides.


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