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German Riesling Apple Cake

Say hello to this German Riesling Apple Cake. This is an easy, delicious cake that is made with Riesling wine and tart apples. It can also be made for any occasion, including holidays.

German Riesling Apple Cake slice on a white plate

German Riesling Apple Cake

I love apples in any form. From salads to desserts, apples can be paired with vegetables, starches and meats.

Apple desserts are popular all over the world and every country has its own versions based on the ingredients available, spices or traditions.

Germany is a big wine producer, especially Riesling wine. I love how this recipe uses this beautiful variety of white wine.

Glass of white wine

Riesling is perfumed, almost flowery, very aromatic with a high acidity, which makes it perfect to balance the tartness of the apples.

Apples on a dark table with kitchen towel

However, even if traditionally this recipe is made with Riesling, you can definitely use some other type of white wine available, or even apple juice if alcohol is not your thing.

Keep in mind that alcohol is cooked out in the recipe, so there is no danger to feed your kids a slice of this beautiful cake.

The recipe has over 2 pounds of apples, it is not overly sweet and goes perfect with a delicious cup of tea or coffee on a Sunday afternoon.

German Riesling Apple Cake- slices of cake on two white plates with golden rim

I grew up with my German grandmother’s baking and always loved the simplicity of the recipes and the basic ingredients she used.

Apples from her garden, walnuts from the walnut tree behind her house, eggs from her chickens, nothing was wasted. I will never forget the way she respected food and ingredients.

Desserts were baked every weekend and kept in the pantry for possible guests. My grandmother would have her girlfriends over for a cup of coffee . Cookies, bars or cake were served with it. 

I still remember the smell of the fresh coffee which I was not allowed to drink as I was too young and the taste of these wonderful desserts that she was making.

Getting back to our apple cake, I have to say that this recipe is crazy easy.

I used a 10 inch springform baking pan. I like these springform baking pans. I use them in many of my cakes, especially the entremet cakes that I like to make( see here this Chocolate Mousse and Praline Entremet)

After mixing the butter and sugar together, adding eggs, one by one, flour, milk and wine, the apples are finally incorporated into the batter gently.

slice of cake on a plate

The cake is then baked for about 45 minutes, then cooled and served. How easy is that?

Do you notice the little pieces of apple inside the cake? They are D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.! I really hope you try it! It is not a fancy dessert, but elegant enough to be served for the holidays.

Suggestions of recipes with apples:

Celeriac(Celery root) Apple And Carrot Salad

Apple And Berries Pie

Apple Pie- Romanian Style

Easy Apple Cake Bars

Apple Rice Pudding

Apple And Mushroom Stuffed Roasted Pork

Apple Walnuts and Raisins Red Cabbage Salad

Yield: 12 servings

German Riesling Apple Cake

Apple Cake With White Wine99

Say hello to this German Riesling Apple Cake. This is an easy, delicious cake that is made with Riesling wine and tart apples. It can also be made for any occasion, including holidays.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 7 Tablespoons/3.5 ounces/100g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup/7 ounces/200g Demerara sugar or light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups/12.3 ounces/350 g all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup/4.4 fl.oz/125ml milk
  • 1/2 cup4.4 fl.oz/125 ml white wine
  • 2.5 pounds apples
  • 1 teaspoon of butter and a teaspoon of flour for the baking pan


  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  2. Butter and flour a 10inches/26 cm springform baking pan.
  3. Peel the apples, core and chop them in small cubes. Place them in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Using a hand mixer beat butter and sugar together until smooth and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs, one by one, mixing to incorporate each egg before adding the next.
  6. Add the flour mixed with the baking powder, then add milk and wine and mix well.
  7. Add the apples and fold them in the batter gently.
  8. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake the cake for about 45 minutes.
  9. Cool on a rack and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 3gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g

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