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German Applesauce Cake Recipe (Gedeckter Apfelkuchen)

German Applesauce Cake Recipe (Gedeckter Apfelkuchen)

This German covered applesauce cake recipe with a great hint of vanilla, lemon and cinnamon and the right amount of sweetness is delicious and so easy to make. Made with shortcrust pastry, then filled with homemade apple sauce and fresh apples and finished off with a lemon glaze.

It tastes great with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I made it yesterday for afternoon coffee/ tea and it disappeared so fast, though we’re only two adults, a preschooler, and a toddler.

What you’ll need to make the shortcrust pastry

  • 250 g (2 cups + 1 tablespoon/ 8.8 oz) plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 65 g (about 1/3 cup / 2.3 oz) sugar
  • 125 g (about ½ cup/ 4.4 oz) butter, soft
  • 1 medium egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar/ ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (just use a tablespoon more sugar if you’re using vanilla extract

What you’ll need for the apple filing with applesauce

  • 600 g/ 1 1/3 lbs. apples
  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs. applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons regular sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • about 3 tablespoons cornstarch / corn flour (25 g/ 0.88 oz)

What you’ll need for the lemon glaze

  • 3 tablespoons icing
  • 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

How to make German apple cake

Start off by lining the cake tin with a cling film at the bottom and grease the sides with butter and dust with flour. Next add all the short crust pastry ingredients to a bowl and mix them together with your hands to form a firm dough.

Divide the dough into two doughs: 1/3 (one third) and 2/3 (two thirds). Crumble the one third dough into the prepared 26 cm (10 inch) spring-form (or cake tin with removable base).

Using your hands, press the cake base until the bottom of the cake tin is covered. Then remove the base of the cake tin with the cake base. Transfer cling film with shortcrust pastry to a cutting board or something similar and keep it aside for later.

Next line the cake tin with a parchment paper at the bottom and grease the sides with butter and dust them with flour. Then crumble the 2/3 dough into the prepared 26 cm (10 inch) spring-form (or cake tin with removable base).

Using your hands, press the cake base until the bottom of the cake tin is covered. Make the dough high on the sides as well and keep aside while making the apple filling.

Next preheat the oven to 180 ° C (360 °F), with both top and bottom heat. Then add cinnamon, sugar, and cornstarch to the bowl with apple sauce and mix well.

Now peel the apples, cut them into halves and remove the core. Using a hand grater, grate the apples. You could also use a knife to cut the apples into small cubes.

Next combine grated apples with applesauce mixture and fill the cake base.

Spread the filling nicely all over the cake base with either a spoon or a spatula. With the help of the cling film, put the cake cover on top of the filling, while pressing gently. Then remove the cling film and bake for about 50 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes and brush the apple cake with lemon glaze and enjoy!

German applesauce cake recipe (gedeckter Apfelkuchen)

This German covered applesauce cake recipe with a great hint of vanilla, lemon and cinnamon and the right amount of sweetness is delicious and so easy to make. Made with shortcrust pastry, then filled with homemade apple sauce and fresh apples and finished off with a lemon glaze.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: afternoon coffee, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: European, German
Keyword: applesauce cake, covered apple cake, German apple cake, how to
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Ester | esterkocht.com

Equipment

  • 26 cm(10 inch) spring-form (or cake tin with removable base)

Ingredients

For the cake base and cover

  • 250 250 g (2 cups + 1 tablespoon/ 8.8 oz) plain flour/ all purpose flour
  • 125 g (about ½ cup/ 4.4 oz) butter soft
  • 65 g (about 1/3 cup / 2.3 oz) sugar
  • 1 medium egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar / ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (just use a tablespoon more sugar if you’re using vanilla extract

For the apple filing with applesauce

  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs applesauce
  • 600 g/ 1 1/3 lbs apples
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • about 3 tablespoons cornstarch / corn flour (25 g/ 0.88 oz)

For the lemon glaze

  • 3 tablepsoons Powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  • Start off by lining the cake tin with a cling film at the bottom and grease the sides with butter and dust with flour. Next add all the short crust pastry ingredients to a bowl and mix them together with your hands to form a firm dough.
  • Divide the dough into two doughs: 1/3 (one third) and 2/3 (two thirds). Crumble the one third dough into the prepared 26 cm (10 inch) spring-form (or cake tin with removable base). Using your hands, press the cake base until the bottom of the cake tin is covered. Then remove the base of the cake tin with the cake base. transfer cling film with shortcrust pastry to a cutting board or something similar and keep it aside for later.
  • Next line the cake tin with a parchment paper at the bottom and grease the sides with butter and dust them with flour. Then crumble the 2/3 dough into the prepared 26 cm (10 inch) spring-form (or cake tin with removable base). Using your hands, press the cake base until the bottom of the cake tin is covered. Make the dough high on the sides as well and keep aside while making the apple filling.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 ° C (360 °F), with both top and bottom heat. Then add cinnamon, sugar, and cornstarch to the bowl with apple sauce and mix well. Peel the apples, cut them into halves and remove the core. Using a hand grater, grate the apples. You could also use a knife to cut the apples into small cubes. Combine grated apples with applesauce mixture and fill the cake base.
  • Spread the filling nicely all over the cake base with either a spoon or a spatula. With the help of the cling film, put the cake cover on top of the filling, while pressing gently. Then remove the cling film and bake for about 50 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and brush the apple cake with lemon glaze and enjoy!

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Kathi Comandi

Friday 4th of February 2022

I love your website and recipes. I use to get emails from you but not for a couple of months, could you add me back on your list! Thank you Ester!

Ester

Friday 4th of February 2022

Thank you so much, Kathi. I love hearing that. ;-) I'm very sorry about that. I will fix this as soon as possible. Have a nice weekend, Ester

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