German Apple Cake With Sour Cream

Learn how to make a very fast version of a German apple cake. The recipe for the dough incorporates sour cream which makes the cake wonderfully moist. If you love apple cake but don´t want to spend a lot of time baking, you should give this recipe a try.

German Apple Cake With Sour Cream

Angela Schofield
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Cakes
Cuisine German
Servings 1 Cake



  • 10 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. very cold butter
  • 6-8 small apples
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soft butter


  • Zest the lemon.
  • Peel apples, core and cut into halves.
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  • Grease a spring form pan with soft butter or butter spray.
  • Sprinkle the spring form pan with brown sugar.
  • Finely slice 2 tbsp. of butter and top the brown sugar with butter slices.
  • Add the apples with the round end to the pan.
  • Beat the butter, salt and the sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the eggs and beat for about 5 min.
  • In the meantime, mix flour and baking powder in one bowl and sour cream, lemon zest and lemon juice in another bowl.
  • Add flour and sour cream alternating to the bowl while beating.
  • Place the batter on top of the apples and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 50 -60 min. at 350 F in a preheated oven. Set a heatproof pan or aluminum foil below the cake in case some liquid _ leaks out of the cake pan.
  • Let the cake cool for about 10 min. and flip on a cake plate.
  • Allow to cool completely and sprinkle with powdered sugar.