Food & Recipes

Trade Your Apple Pie For This Classic German Apple Cake

Tired of the same old apple pie? Try the version Germans can't get enough of.

When we think of apple pie, most of us think of the classic American pastry. It turns out Germany has their own version of a national apple dessert that people are crazy for—and for good reason.

This apple cake, called Versunkener Apfelkuchen, or Sunken Apple Cake, is also often referred to as Mittwochskuchen (Wednesday Cake) because it’s so easily made and frequently prepared during the week. This sweet treat is made with a thin, plain batter that rises up and bakes around large chunks of sliced apples.

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People love this cake because it’s bursting with apples and is quite simple to make. The cake is light and fluffy, and the apples cook perfectly alongside the batter, giving the cake an extra heartiness and the perfect fall flavor. In Germany, they often serve Mittwochskuchen with lightly sweetened whipped cream, or schlagsahne.

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So why not try changing up your standard apple pie this season and give this recipe a shot. We love the Kitchn’s version of Versunkener Apfelkuchen. All you need are the most basic of cake ingredients (sugar, flour, butter, etc.), and of course some fresh apples.

Wondering what apples are best for baking? Check out this handy chart that’ll tell you the best apples for baking and those that are best eaten raw.