German Apple Cake


A lovely little treat that is as pretty, as it is delicious.



  • 2 sweet apples, sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • 5 oz golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 oz all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp whole milk


  • 1½ tbsp turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 320 °F and line and lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, toss the apple wedges in the lemon juice and set to one side.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat caster sugar and softened butter together. Once the mixture is pale and fluffy, beat in the eggs until smooth.
  4. Then sift in flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix well until fully combined. Gradually pour in the milk, beating well after each addition until smooth.
  5. Transfer the batter to the cake pan. Arrange the apple slices on the batter, flat side down in a circular pattern.
  6. Mix the turbinado sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle the mixture over the apples and batter.
  7. Arrange apple slices in a circular spiral shape and bake until golden brown. Bake in the oven for 40–45 minutes until the sugar and cinnamon topping has started to crystallize and is golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the tin before turning it out onto a wire rack. Serve with your favorite hot beverage.