Apple Cider Cake

Apple cider

Apple Cider Cake

Even though this is a site for sharing cake decorating ideas, I need to share a cake recipe, because it is just too good. No decorating required. We spend the whole summer in Germany and my mother baked all kinds of yummy German cakes. I did not decorate any cakes, because I did not have my tools, so I simply focused on the great recipes.
I wished for an Apple Cider Cake which I remember from my childhood and it is delicious. The recipe is measured in gram and milliliter, so having a kitchen scale is helpful. I brought one from Germany, which measures in pounds and grams and has been a great tool for baking European recipes. Those kitchen scales are available in the US as well.

Here is my mother’s Apple Cider Cake recipe:

For the crust:
125 g butter
125 g white sugar
1 egg
250 g flour
1 pack vanilla sugar (Dr. Oetker Bourbon Vanilla Sugar is great)
20g baking powder

For the filling:
850 g apples
80g vanilla pudding powder (the “cook & serve” pudding)
750 ml apple cider
250 g white sugar
1 pack vanilla sugar
400 ml heavy cream
ground cinnamon for dusting the cake


Apple Cider Cake

Mix ingredients for the crust and press the dough in a spring form. Let the crust come up on the sides. Peel, core and cut apples. Spread them on top of the crust.
Cook pudding powder, cider, sugar and vanilla sugar according to the directions for the pudding mix. Pour the hot pudding mix over the apples in the spring form.
Bake for 90 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let cake cool completely, before taking it out of the spring form. Whip heavy cream and spread it on top of the cake. Dust cake with ground cinnamon.

Key is to let the cake cool completely before topping it with whipped cream. Keep it refrigerated, so the cake does not fall apart. The vanilla pudding and cream can melt away quickly.
The cake will be even better on day two when all the juices are soaked in the crust. Even my 4-year old daughter who does not like fruit cakes could not get enough of this apple cider cake. And that is pretty impressive.
Have fun baking and Guten Appetit!

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