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Apfelmuskuchen: German Applesauce Cake

This super simple and super delicious, moist German applesauce cake gets even better with chunky Big Slice applesauce from Grandma Hoerner's.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Brunch, Coffee, Dessert, Kaffee, Snack
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Applesauce Cake Recipe, German apple cake recipe, German baking recipes with apple sauce, Grandma Hoerner's apple sauce recipe, Simple German apple cake recipe, Simple German cake recipe with apples, Simple German cake recipe with applesauce
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 328kcal





  • Knead together all dough ingredients by hand until you have a fairly smooth dough. It may still be a bit crumbly. Divide into 2 doughs, wrap in plastic wrap and allow to rest in the fridge for 45 minutes. The dough should be a little easier to roll out after resting.
  • Roll out the dough the size of your cake pan. I used a bunny-shaped cake pan and the size is 8 by 12 inches or 20 by 30 cm. If you're using a larger cake pan, you may need to double your recipe. Baking times will be the same.
  • Prep your cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and press down the first layer of the cake dough. Spread on the apple sauce. Then roll out the second layer of cake dough and put on top. Try to bring the dough all the way to the edge of the cake pan.
  • Poke little holes through the dough (I used a toothpick for this) and bake on the conventional setting at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) for 25 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan. When removing, cut carefully along the edges, then turn upside down. Combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice with a fork, then spread over the top of the cake. For an even flavorful cake, allow to rest in the fridge overnight.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg