German Apple Cake

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Today, I am posting the final piece to the Oktoberfest puzzle: German Apple Cake. I hope that at least a few of you will get to have an Oktoberfest bash, even if it’s just with your family. If you didn’t see my last two Oktoberfest posts, here they are:

Homemade Soft Pretzels.              Oktoberfest Beer Brats

I just wanted to share a little family history with you guys, which makes this recipe even more exciting for me. Just a few weeks ago, I learned that my Great, Great Grandfather was a baker in Germany. I had no idea that we had any chefs/bakers in the family, so it was quite a nice surprise. He also worked as a baker when they moved to New Jersey in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on what he was baking back then. My Nana (his daughter), passed in the early 90’s, so I never got a chance to ask her about him.

When I saw this German Apple Cake recipe in an old cookbook, I was so excited.I like to imagine that maybe he made stuff similar to this. Probably not, but it’s fun to pretend.

I don’t have any known photos of my G-G, Grandfather, but here’s a photo of my Nana with my Aunt (on the left) and my Grandma (on the right). That strapping young lad is my Great Grandfather (who was also from Germany).

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Anyway, back to the recipe.

German Apple Cake

What You’ll Need:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     + 3 cups all-purpose flour                          + 1/2 cup orange juice
+ 3 teaspoons baking powder                 + 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
+ 1 teaspoon salt                                         + 4 cups thinly sliced peeled apples (about 4 to 5 apples)
+ 4 eggs                                                           + 2 teaspoons cinnamon
+ 2 cups sugar                                               + 3 tablespoons sugar
+ 1 cup canola oil                                         + Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Combine the first three ingredients; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Combine oil and orange juice and add alternately with dry ingredients to egg mixture. Beat until smooth; add vanilla and beat well.
Pour half of the batter into a greased and floured tube pan. Arrange half the apples over the batter. Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle half over the apples. Top with remaining batter, apples and cinnamon/sugar.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 1 hour before removing from pan. Cool, apple side up, on a wire rack. Sprinkle top with confectioners’ sugar if desired. 

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