Christmas Glazed Apple Cake (Weihnachten Gedeckter Apfelkuchen)
Christmas Glazed Apple Cake (Weihnachten Gedeckter Apfelkuchen)
  • prep: 0 hr
  • cook: 0 hr
  • total: 0 hr
Print Save
  • servings:
  • Summary

    Covered Apple Cake (Gedeckter Apfelkuchen) is one of the cakes you’re sure to find in almost every single bakery across Germany. To make it, you line a springform pan with a sweet short pastry, fill the crust with a chunky cooked apple filling studded with raisins and flavored with cinnamon and lemon, and then use the same crust dough to make a lid for the cake. I sometimes wonder if it isn’t the precursor to America’s apple pie, though in this cake, even after baking, the pastry remains soft and cakey thanks to the moist, cooked apple filling and a lemon glaze that is brushed on the top crust after baking. Gedeckter Apfelkuchen from industrial bakeries tends to be unbearably sweet. In fact, I always thought I didn’t much care for it until I tried making it at home, and now I’m smitten. I like to use apples that have a good balance of sweetness and acidity for the filling and I leave them unsweetened, which gives a nicely tart contrast to the sweet, glazed crust. Here, I've adapted it for the Christmas holiday, swapping out the traditional raisins for fresh cranberries, and using lebkuchen spices to add a festive flavor.

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/3 cups, scooped and leveled, plus 1 tablespoon/300g all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup/150g plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • Pinch of salt
    • 10 1/2 tablespoons/150g unsalted high-fat, European-style butter, softened
    • 1 egg, at room temperature
    • 6 large apples (2 pounds 10 ounces/1.2kg)
    • Juice of 1 lemon plus 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 1/4 teaspoon Lebkuchen Spice Mix
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries
    • 1/4 cup/60ml plus 2 teaspoons water
    • 3/4 cup/75g confectioners’ sugar

    Instructions

    Click Here For Step-By-Step Instructions

    Tags

    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 1
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 2226 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 80 g 123.42%
    • Saturated Fat: 45 g 225.55%
    • Trans Fat: 3 g %
    • Cholesterol: 222 mg 73.99%
    • Sodium: 1138 mg 47.41%
    • Calcium: 175 mg 17.51%
    • Potassium: 445 mg 12.72%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 14 mg 76.44%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 342 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 11 g 45.88%
    • Sugar: 106 g
    • Protein: 31 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 4 g
    • Vitamin A 50.04%
    • Vitamin C 25.7%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat15
    • Exchange - Fruit1
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs7
    • Exchange - Starch15
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total18 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit1 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

    OTHER RECIPES YOU MAY LIKE