German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

By Rick Stein
Selected by “Nerd Consultant” Calvin

Both cakes were gluten free at this months group. Not one piece of either cake was left by the end!!!


• 2 dessert apples, peeled, cored and sliced into thin wedges
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 125g/4½oz butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
• 140g/5oz golden caster sugar
• 3 free-range eggs, at room temperature, beaten
• 225g/8oz plain flour
• 2 level tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp salt
• 5 tbsp full-fat milk


• 1½ tbsp demerara sugar
• ½ tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3. Butter and line a 23cm/9in round cake tin.

  2. Coat the apple wedges in the lemon juice and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar, using an electric hand mixer, until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until smooth. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well. Slowly add the milk, mixing well after each addition, until you have a smooth batter.

  4. Transfer the batter to the cake tin. Arrange the apple slices, flat-side down, on the batter in a spiral pattern.

  5. For the topping, mix together the demerara sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the batter.

  6. Bake in the middle of the oven for 40–45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean and the top is golden-brown. Leave to cool for 15 minutes in the tin. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and turn it out of the tin onto a wire rack.

  7. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream.

Calvin – Nerd Consultant

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One comment on “German Apple Cake
  1. Helen says:

    I know your cakes will have been truly scrummy, but I missed out on a piece this time.
    I couldn’t cope with the “throng” around the drinks/cake table so went downstairs to get a cup of tea, and when I came back up, not one bit of cake remained.
    You are a brilliant baker Calvin, thank you for always making such wonderful cakes

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