Okay, maybe the title of this post is a little hyperbolic but the apple cake recipe I am about to show you definitely merits recognition!
My niece goes to a preschool run along the lines of the Waldorf philosophy of education developed by Rudolf Steiner in the early 1920s (if you’re interested, you can read more about Waldorf education by clicking here). Waldorf has German and Austrian origins and many of the recipes which the schools use are traditional German recipes. That means the cakes are excellent, wholesome but incredibly tasty. I have long wanted to visit Austria just so I can sample the amazing kuchen and torten! The preschool, or kindergarten, teacher recently gave my sister this recipe and she passed it along to me too.
Please note the recipe is in grams. I have a digital kitchen scale so this isn’t a problem for me but if you prefer to use cup measurements, there are measurement converters available on the internet.
German Apple Cake
270 grams butter or margarine
270 g brown sugar
5 medium eggs
270 g flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 – 3 peeled cooking apples (small, thin slices – I used a vegetable mandoline slicer which I recently purchased. It is wonderful for quickly slicing things when you want them finely sliced).
80 g raisins or sultanas
1. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C). If you’re using a convection oven, you might need to slightly reduce the temperature.
2. Mix the butter/margarine and sugar until it is blended well. Gradually add the beaten eggs and continue to mix it all together.
3. Prepare the apples and finely slice them. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sultanas/raisins and apples. Mix together.
4. Line a square or oblong baking dish with baking parchment/greaseproof paper. Pour your cake mixture into the dish and level it with a spoon.
5. Bake in the oven for 45 – 50 minutes. You might need to reduce the temperature slightly during the last 10 – 15 minutes of cooking to ensure the top does not brown too much.
6. The cake is done when you can insert a knife into it and it comes out clean. Cut into squares and enjoy!