German Apple Cake… Apfelkuchen

It’s fall and that means apple time. Every autumn I get the urge to try new apple cake or pie recipes and so it happened that I made this apple cake based on a traditional German recipe.
It turned out so yummy, that I wanted to share this with you.


2 lb. sour apples
1 lemon
4 oz. raw marzipan(marzipan paste)
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 oz. unsalted butter
4 eggs
4 tablespoons cream
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flour
1 pinch salt
powdered sugar for dusting

1. Peel apples and quarter. Remove core. Lightly cut into the surface of the outer side of the apples (as if you were to slice them thinly). Drizzle with lemon juice.

2. Mix marzipan with sugar and vanilla extract. Add butter, eggs and cream, mix until smooth. Add flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter a spring form and fill in the batter. Place apples on top with the scratched surface up. Bake for 45 min.

4. Let cool and dust with powdered sugar.



  1. WOW Anja! My mom will love this...what a great recipe.

  2. It sounds really easy to make. I love marzipan so I'll definitely try it soon!

  3. After the amazing Carott-Cake I had to try this one. It was so easy and turned out very good Thank you again, Anja! Please show us more..

  4. AnonymousMay 29, 2012

    can this be made a few days in advance?

  5. I never made this cake in advance, so I can't tell from experience. But I would assume you could freeze the cake after baking and reheat it upon desire. Another option could be to prepare the batter, freeze it and defrost and use it when you're ready for baking. You'd just have to try!

    But actually making the cake from scratch doesn't require a lot of time, so I'd always encourage you to make it fresh.

  6. Hello, how many apples approximately is 2 lb?
    Thank you!

  7. The amount of apples depends on their size (and weight). I usually opt for smaller varieties, then it's 4-5 apples. For larger varieties 3 may be enough.

  8. Very nice and easy apple cake! I'm glad I tried it. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. What is cream ? Heavy whipping cream or cream cheese??

    1. It's heavy cream (unwhipped), not cream cheese.


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