German Apple Pudding Cake Recipe -
German Apple Pudding Cake Recipe

German Apple Pudding Cake

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"A fresh apple cake with nuts and raisins that, after baking, but still hot, has a cooked caramel-like topping poured over it. If using a glass baking dish, reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 8 inch square pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square pan. In a large bowl, mix apples and sugar together. Let stand until sugar is thoroughly dissolved, about 8 minutes.
  2. Stir egg and vanilla into apple mixture. Sift together flour, baking soda and cinnamon; stir into apple mixture. Fold in nuts and raisins. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Pour topping over cake while cake is still hot.
  4. For the Topping: In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar and 2 tablespoons flour. Stir in the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat and stir in butter, vanilla, chopped walnuts and raisins. Stir until butter melts, then pour over cake.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 15, 2003

This is very good. My mom LOVED it! I will make a couple changes next time I make it. For the sauce, I'll cut down on the amount of sugar, maybe 1/4 c. instead of 1/2 c. Because although the sauce is very good, the sweetness of it overpowered the cake, and I couldn't even taste the apples. I also think I'll reduce the cinnamon from 1 1/2 t. to just 1 t. Plus, I would suggest adding a dollip of whip cream to the individual slices or serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. To cut some of the sweetness of the cake. This one goes in my recipe box.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 06, 2009

I followed the suggestions of several reviewers and I reduced the sugar to 3/4 and the cinnamon to 1 t in the cake. I also halved the topping. Next time I would also leave out the raisins in both the cake and the topping. The cake is already very sweet and I don't think it needs the additional sweetness of the raisins.

Dec 28, 2004

All I have to say is wow! This cake is delicious. I used red harry & david apples and it came out wonderful. I was fearful it was going to turn out like a fruit cake but I added the full amt of walnuts and raisins anyway. The topping is the best part so do not skip it! I followed someone's suggestion and only used a 1/4 cup of each sugar. I believe it would overpower the taste of the apples otherwise. I thought the amt of butter in the topping was unnecessary so I only used a 1/4 cup. Pour all of the topping onto the cake. It tastes great warm and even better once it sets. A day later and there's only one piece left. Definitely a keeper.

Oct 29, 2004

This cake is great. Here are my hints: First, dice the apples. Second, to make this cake in a 9 x 13 pan, double the "cake" part and 1 1 /2 times the icing. This takes care of the icing being too sweet or overpowering. This cake can easily be made vegan by subbing in soy milk for milk and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce for each egg.

Mar 16, 2008

Very easy to make. It is fabulous but the icing is too sweet. Use Granny Smiths which not only hold their shape but add some tartness. The icing is important and shouldn't be skipped, but reducing it by half wouldn't be a bad idea. Plumping the raisins is nice and not mincing or chopping the apples too fine is good for texture. The icing does set and the next day it is firmer. Overall not expensive to make and absolutely worth making a second time, etc.

Feb 13, 2005

I made this dessert for a German party and it was a huge hit! I doubled the cake and used a 9x13 pan. I made 1 1/2 times the glaze and it was perfect. Don't scrimp on the walnuts and raisins, even if it seems like too many!

Nov 13, 2007

This is the best apple dessert I have found. If you're tired of apple crisp or apple pie then definitely try this one. I used sweet apples so I reduced the sugar in the cake to 3/4 cup and omitted the raisins in the topping but kept them in the cake. Absolutely delicious!

Sep 25, 2004

PHENOMENAL! I was so skeptical when mixing the batter- I had diced 3 small granny smith apples and it seemed the batter was mostly apple with very little dough. I told my husband dessert was going to be crappy. Let me just say I was so wrong! It was nothing to look at when it came out of the oven, but with that frosting (don't skip the frosting!) it was so delicious. It was the two of us and the pan was gone in 24 hours. I would make this again, especially for morning coffee- it's just as good out of the fridge as it is out of the oven.


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  • Calories
  • 589 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 92.2 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 24.4 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 3.6 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 6.4 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 256 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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