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Apple or Apfel Cake
...a cake reminiscent of many German baked goods.


This is not your typical, sweet, American treat. Instead, it is a German dessert my sister-in-law Viktoria shared with me. I love it so much I had to include her recipe in Remember Guam. It's a tribute to our roles as mom, wife, sister, daughter and granddaughter, passing on our heritage.....Guam meets Armenia, living in Germany! I love this cake cold!

When my husband and I were stationed in Germany, I loved the flavor and scent of the German muffins. It was not too sweet or too oily. Viktoria's apfel cake takes me back to a beautiful country and some great years as a military spouse.

I did notice a typo under the list of ingredients in the cookbook. The flour measurement should be 1 3/4 cups, which is correctly stated in the step-by-step directions. Also, in my oven, the cake took 65 minutes to cook instead of 40 minutes.


Set 1

5 large eggs

½ c. sugar (100 grams)

½ t. vanilla

¾ c. unsalted butter, softened (171 grams)


Set 2

1 ¾ c. all-purpose flour   (plus ¼ cup flour for the cake pan) (224 g……plus 32 g to dust pan)

1 t. baking powder (4 g)


Set 3

½ c. chopped walnuts   (plus a few walnut halves to decorate the top of cake) (64 g)

3-4 apples

juice of half a lemon


Tools:   2 medium bowls,   electric beater,   Crisco,   8-inch round pan,   napkin,   cake plate



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Prepare apples.  In a medium bowl, mix the juice from half a lemon with three cups ice-cold water.  This will prevent the apples from turning brown.
  2. Peel each apple.  Slice into ½ inch thickness, discarding the core.
  3. Place slices into the ice-cold water.  Set aside.
  4. Using a napkin, grease the cake pan with Crisco. 
  5. Sprinkle ¼ cup flour into pan.  Turn pan to coat it entirely with flour.  Shake out excess flour.
  6. In the other bowl, beat together the 5 eggs, ½ cup sugar, and the ½ t. vanilla.
  7. Add the ¾ cup butter to the egg mixture and beat till very well combined.
  8. Add 1 ¾ cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and walnuts to the wet mixture.
  9. Beat all together till well mixed.
  10. Spread half of the prepared batter into the cake pan.  Arrange apple slices over the batter (saving four slices to decorate the top). 
  11. Spread the rest of the batter over the apples. 
  12. Decorate the top of the cake with the remaining apple slices and walnut halves.
  13. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or till toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  14. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes.
  15. Remove cake from pan.
  16. Cake is ready to serve hot. 



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