German apple cake

For this traditional German apple cake, use your favourite eating apples. Take it to a coffee morning or enjoy it with afternoon tea.



  1. 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened
  7. 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  11. 2 tablespoons apricot jam or apple jelly, warmed (for glaze)
  12. Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)


Preheat the Air Fryer:

For around five minutes, preheat your air fryer to 320°F (160°C).

Prepare the Apples:

To keep the thinly sliced apples from browning, mix them with lemon juice in a basin. Put aside.
Mix Dry Ingredients:

In a another bowl, whisk together the baking powder, salt, and all-purpose flour.

Prepare the Batter:

  • Beat the softened butter and granulated sugar in a sizable mixing basin until the mixture is light and fluffy.
    One egg at a time, add them, beating thoroughly after each addition.
  • Add the vanilla extract and stir.
  • Alternately add the milk and the dry components to the wet ingredients gradually, mixing just until incorporated.

Assemble the Cake:

  • Apply some frying spray or butter to a round cake pan that fits within the air fryer basket.
  • Evenly distribute half of the cake batter into the bottom of the pan that has been prepared.
  • Place half of the apple slices in a row over the batter.
  • Proceed with the leftover batter and cut apples.

Air Fry the Cake:

  • Set the cake pan within the air fryer basket that has been warmed.
  • A toothpick placed into the centre of the cake should come out clean after 25 to 30 minutes of cooking it at 320°F (160°C) in the air fryer.

Glaze the Cake:

  • After the cake is done, take it out of the air fryer and allow it to cool for a little while in the pan.
  • For a glossy finish, brush the warm apple jelly or apricot jam over the top of the cake.
  • If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar prior to slicing and serving.

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