German Apple Cake – Apfelkuchen (1)
Cake and coffee is for Germans like Toast and Tea for the English. It is a kind of a meal in between lunch and dinner and some people take it very seriously to have this every day. But most people have coffee and cake only when friends are coming over. No matter how casual the visit is, there should always be a cake or at least cookies on the table if someone comes to your house.
Germans always have some cake in the freezer for a spontaneous visit like a play date. The mothers will sit, chat and eat cake, while the kids are having fun. Every now and then they will drop by at their moms lap and take a bite from her cake. Most cakes come with whipped cream – fresh, with some vanilla sugar (I will introduce that later) or maybe even a little bit more sugar.
Oh, and we sit on chairs at a table or on a sofa … I tried to make Americans doing that but without any success! People here seem to prefer leaning at the wall or standing at the kitchen island or wandering around while eating – which spoils the German “Gemütlichkeit” … but I don’t mind, I follow them. I think it’s called adaption 😉
Of course we all know that eating cake is not the best nutrition but most cakes have at least fruits in or on it and sometimes we use whole wheat flour … or maybe it’s just me doing this … not sure.
This German Apple Cake however has been a great success at my kids German preschool and to my surprise it even happened, that a mother came over to ask me for the recipe, because her son wouldn’t stop talking about this cake. I believe it was the 30% whole wheat flour in it, that made the difference. It gives the cake a rich and slightly nut like flavor. But I don’t use 100% whole wheat flour – I mean: Who’s kid would ever want to eat that? It’s more like replacing about 30% of the regular white flour with it and that does the trick. Just keep in mind that the recipe then needs more fluid since whole wheat absorbs more moister.
One more thing:
Americans are used to a lot more sugar – at least here in Texas. Saying this, you might want to add more sugar to the recipe. I’ll stick to the original in the ingredient list and you decide yourself if you need more.