German Apple Cake

  • Yield: 16 servings

"This cake recipe was given to me by my great-aunt during a visit to her home in Germany. She doesn't know who originally developed it, as it has been passed down in our family for many generations."


3tablespoons cinnamon
3 1/2cups sugar, divided
4cups all-purpose flour
4teaspoons baking powder
1teaspoon salt
1cup orange juice
1cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
7 apples, peeled, cored and sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a tube pan.
  2. Mix together cinnamon and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Set aside.
  3. Sift together flour, remaining sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center and add orange juice, oil and eggs. Beat well with a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour half the batter into a tube pan. Top with half the apples and sprinkle with one-third the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Pour on remaining batter. Sprinkle on half the remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture. Top with remaining apples and remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  5. Bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Cover loosely with foil if top is becoming too brown during last 30 minutes. Let cool about 1 hour before slicing.

Recipe by Debbie Johnston, Catonsville, Md.