German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

You are going to love this German apple cake recipe! It’s a homey, old fashioned apple cake that is chock full of apples, walnuts and cinnamon. I found the recipe in a recent Penzey’s Spice catalog and wasted no time in making it for some dinner guests. To say that this cake went over well would be an understatement. We all loved it! The inside is moist and chewy, and the top is just slightly crunchy. Serve it up warm, with some vanilla ice cream on top, and it’s absolutely delicious. Best of all, it’s an easy one bowl recipe. You’ll definitely want to try this German apple cake – it’s the perfect Fall dessert!

German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

A simple, old fashioned, delicious apple cake recipe


  • 4 cups peeled, diced apples (about 3 large)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease and flour a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix well. Stir in the apples and nuts. The batter will be very thick.
  4. Spoon the batter into the pan and smooth the top with a spoon. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Let cool before cutting.

from the Penzey's Spice Catalog

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  1. This cake looks fabulous!! I love simple treats like this 🙂

  2. This looks and sounds delicious. I have pinned it to my ‘Fall’ board, b/c I can see it making an appearance as soon as we go apple picking!

  3. My mom makes this all the time! It’s delicious!

  4. This is why I’m so happy it’s Fall! I want to eat this for breakfast daily 🙂

  5. This looks delicious! We just went apple picking so I am trying to find ways to use them!

  6. There are so many things to love about Fall, and this is one of em. A yummy looking cake.

  7. These look delicious!! Can’t wait to try them, thank you!!

  8. I do love this german apple cake recipe, it’s gorgeous 🙂 I can’t wait to dive into it!

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  10. Do you prefer any type of apple over another for this cake?

    • I prefer the more tart apples for baking – granny smith is always good. But really, I tend to just use whatever is one sale. I think I used fuji for this and it tasted great.

  11. I made this today for a work lunch and it was DELICIOUS! Used honey crisp apples and it was perfect with a scoop of ice ream on top. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  12. Made this for our Canadian Thanksgiving and it was delicious. Everyone raved about it. I did serve it with a butter type caramel sauce, some with ice cream, some without. Thanks Meghan for such a great recipe. I’ll make it again and again.

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