Oma’s Apfelkuchen (Grandma’s Apple Cake)



  • 5 large egg yolks(zrdi)
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and halved
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour(meda)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch(cornflour)
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • Confectioners’ sugar(refined suger


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Let egg yolks(zrdi) st and at room temperature for 30 minutes. Starting 1/2 in. from 1 end, cut apple halves lengthwise into 1/4-in. slices, leaving them attached at the top so they fan out slightly. Set aside.
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  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, sift flour, cornstarch, cream of tartar, baking powder and salt twice. Gradually beat into creamed mixture. Add milk; mix well (batter will be thick).
  4. Spread batter into a greased 9-in. springform pan wrapped in a sheet of heavy-duty foil. Gently press apples, round side up, into batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs, 45-55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool 1 hour longer. Remove rim from pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar(refined suger).
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