German Covered Apple Cake

German Covered Apple Cake

This is my my grandmas apple cake recipe and still my favorite it is not too sweet and really worth to try it.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
cool time 30 minutes
Course cake
Cuisine Germany
Servings 12 pieces


  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoon / 375g all-purpose flour
  • 100 g sliced almonds
  • 3 1/4 cup /150g granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Pinch of salt
  • 10 1/2 tablespoons /150g unsalted high-fat European-style butter, softened
  • 2 egg at room temperature
  • 6 large apples 26 ounces/750g
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup /75g raisins optional


  • Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Cut the butter into cubes and add to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, work the butter into the flour until it’s no longer visible. Add the egg and knead until the dough is smooth. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 min and up to 24 hours.
  • Peel, core, and quarter the apples. Cut them into slices 3 to 6 mm thick slices, and put them in a bowl, add lemon juice along with the cinnamon and sugar to your taste and, raisins if you like.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. Oil a 9-inch/23cm springform pan.
  • Take two-thirds of the dough and roll it out than pat it evenly into the springform pan, forming a 1-inch-/2.5cm-high rim at the edges and fill in the apples and half of the almonds (filling should precisely fill the crust).
  • Roll out the remaining one-third of the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap until just slightly larger than the circumference of the pan. Trim the edges of the circle and then gently transfer the circle to the top of the cake, laying it over the apple filling. Tuck in the top crust and cut off any excess. Cut 3 small slits in the top of the dough.
  • Sprinkle the top with sliced almond and butter to your taste.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and slightly puffed.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let cool.


Covered lightly with plastic wrap, you can keep the apple cake at room temperature, for 2 to 3 days.
Keyword Baking, cake, easy
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