Apple Cake (Apfelkuchen)

"Posted for the Zaar World Tour-Germany. This recipe is from my German grandmother. It is different from most apfelkuchen because it doesn't use a pastry crust."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Cake:.
  • In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs and lemon extract; beat well.
  • In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition.
  • Pour mixture into a lightly greased and floured 10-1/2"x14-3/4" pan. Top with filling and bake for 1 hour or until cake tests done.
  • Filling:.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well. Spread over cake to cover.

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  1. Excellent cake! I loved the slight lemon flavor of the cake. It was initially dry (because I overbaked it!), but the next day it was actually fine because it absorbed the moisture of the apples. It stayed moist for several days, thanks to the apples. Definite keeper!
  2. This is a very nice change of pace for a cake. I used it as a breakfast treat for a class of adults at church. It was a hit! Because I don't use shortening I subbed that out for butter but outside of that little change everything else remained the same. I think some chopped walnuts or almonds on top would be a nice touch too. Perfectly baked in 50 minutes in my oven using the size pan as stated. Loved the flavors of the cinnamon & nutmeg in the topping! Made for Potluck Tag in the Cooking Games with Friends forum.
  3. This cake was pretty good. My other grandmother - Oma B - used to make a cake like this whenever her boys came back to the farm to visit. I think they may have just come for the cake! ;) I split it into two regular sized pans rather than take a chance on ruining one giant cake. We have the other cake in the freezer now. It is very dense and holds the filling nicely. I think a nice addition would be some almonds to the top. Made and Reviewed for 123 Hit Wonders - Thanks! :)
  4. This was a very large and delicious cake. I have shared it with my parents, colleagues, children and everyone just loved it. My kids helped make it and it was really easy and really good. This is something that will be made again overhere. Made for the kids challenge ZWT4.
  5. I made this as part of the snack table for a work birthday party, and it was quite popular. It wasn't super-sweet, so I think it would be nice as a breakfast item, even. I'm glad that I used my big lasagna pan to bake it in, because this makes a big thick cake. I bet this would be really good with a caramel drizzle, too. Thanks for posting, fellow "Crazy Cook"! :) Made for ZWT4


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