Walk into a German café and you’ll be mesmerized by the elaborate cakes and pastries offered as a pairing for your coffee or tea. Black Forest Cherry Cake, gooseberry cream cake, cakes with 18 miniscule layers (Baumkuchen!), and the list goes on.

The French are well-known for their baked creations, but the Germans are often forgotten for their delectable treats. If you are invited over to a friend’s house for coffee, you will almost always be met with cake or cookies to choose from.

This recipe is for a simple and quick German apple cake. It is perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon with friends over coffee.




4 eggs

250 grams granulated sugar

125 grams butter

100 ml whole milk

300 grams all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

5 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced

cinnamon, for sprinkling

powdered sugar, for sprinking


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  2. Beat the eggs and the sugar until frothy.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the butter and the milk. Slowly beat in the hot milk-butter mixture to the egg-sugar mixture.
  4. Fold in the flour and the baking powder.
  5. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the batter evenly over the pan. Arrange the apple slices on top of the batter.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Sprinkle the cake with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Guten Appetit!


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