Healthy Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Soy for Serious Eaters

German Apple Cake (Apfel Kuchen)

German Apple Cake (Apfel Kuchen)


German Apple Cake (Apfel Kuchen)

Just love the way Germans sweeten their cakes and sweets. When I first arrived 20 years ago, and before going gluten-free, I was so excited to step into one the many bakeries that line the streets and treat myself to a decadent slice of the gooiest thing on the shelf.  What a shock…it was not like anything I ever had before and have fallen in love with their gentle doses of sugar. It’s like tasting cheesecake or a simple white cake for the first time. The flavors of the spices and other ingredients come through so powerful. A simple apple cake or Kuchen Cake becomes a walk in an apple orchard! Seriously…

I used coconut sugar and it created a slight maple flavor and a warmer colored cake batter. You can also use raw sugar or birch tree sugar. This has become a regular since it is so easy and fast. Add vanilla or rum flavoring to give it that “humm” flavor. Let’s get started!

German Apple Cake

April 4, 2020
: 8
: 20 min
: 25 min
: Easy


  • Cake:
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of cardamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter) melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • Apple Topping:
  • 2 apples
  • 1/4 cup melted ghee or butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla or rum flavoring
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • Step 1 Cake:
  • Step 2 Oil a cake pan with coconut oil.
  • Step 3 Peel and core 2 apples. Slice the apples into thin pieces.
  • Step 4 Turn oven to 350 degrees.
  • Step 5 Whisk the first 5 dry ingredients with a fork in a medium bowl.
  • Step 6 In a small bowl beat the eggs, vanilla or rum together. Slowly add the melted coconut oil or butter until well combined.
  • Step 7 Apple Topping:
  • Step 8 In a small bowl place the sliced apples, melted butter, vanilla or rum flavoring, cinnamon, and coconut sugar in a small. Give it a toss so all the apples are covered
  • Step 9 Place the apples over the top of the cake dough and save the remaining liquid. Bake for 25-30 minutes. It really depends on your baking dish but you don’t want to overcook this baby.
  • Step 10 When it is done, poke holes in the top of the cake. I used the candy thermometer! Pour the remaining liquid from the apple topping slowly over the holes of the finished cake.
  • Step 11 Serve warm with Coconut Whipped cream!

2 thoughts on “German Apple Cake (Apfel Kuchen)”

  • Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. My husband is Italian, and like the Germans, he prefers the less sweet, more subtle desserts. I substituted the coconut sugar with half regular sugar and half maple syrup. This was a quick, easy, and delicious way to satisfy our sweet tooth during our time in lockdown! I’m looking forward to future recipes!

    • I’m so glad you liked it and glad the sweetener substitute worked as well. Will definitely try that next time as well. You can also post your picture here if you’d like to share!

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