You know those times when you make a cake for someone’s birthday at work and then you forget to take the cake and have to decide once you arrive at work whether you will tell the person that you slaved away on a Tuesday night to make their favorite German apple cake especially for them because you know it’s their favorite or not tell them you made the cake at all so you can have the cake all to yourself when you get home? Yeah, me either. But I do know this…the answer is and always will be eat the cake.
And this cake is especially worth hoarding, mainly because of it’s versatility. I’m rather confident in the event of a nuclear disaster, this cake could be used in any of the following ways:
- Insulation for packing dynamite
- Replacement for clay in making seed bombs
- A weapon (I have a theory that, when thrown correctly, it will act much like a boomerang)
- Food for a village – one bite could sustain a person for a full day (those Germans know how to live ya’ll!)
The possibilities are endless. Where the German’s missed the mark with lederhosen, David Hasselhoff, and that whole ‘European domination’ icky stereotype, they definitely earned my love with this cake…and Octoberfest.
Enjoy the cake all to yourself my friends – and also enjoy this video of what I believe to be the brother of Milton from Officespace housing some funnel cakes as inspiration.
GERMAN APPLE CAKE
Ingredients – Cake:
- 3 apples, peeled and cut into slices
- 1/2 cup non-hydrogenated, nondairy butter (i.e. Earth Balance)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp nondairy milk
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
Ingredients – Topping:
- 1/4 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan.
To make the cake, cook the apples in a little bit of water on the stove or in the microwave until they’re just a little soft but not mushy. (Put them in the microwave for no longer than 90 seconds). Set aside.
With an electric hand mixer or by hand using a wooden spoon, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the applesauce and milk. Finally, add the flour and baking powder, and stir until just combined.
Add the batter to the prepared pan, and arrange the apple slices in a circle on top of the cake.
To make the topping, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger and sprinkle over the apples, covering the top of the cake.
Bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes before unmolding from the cake pan.