Vegan German Apple Cake- Apple Kuchen


German Apple Cake Recipe

A tasty vegan version of the classic German Apple Cake, featuring a moist cake with tart apples, sweet cranberries and rolled oats.
There are so many ways to make an apple kuchen (apple cake) I have made them with chunks of apples in the batter, shredded apples, placing the apples on the bottom of the cake pan and arranging them as topping like I did this time.

Vegan German Apple Cake

Speaking of variation this time was done in one bowl, and I used a wooden spoon to stir (instead of a whisk) because I had a very special little helper. It was my daughter’s first time baking in the kitchen and she had a blast (she’s already helped with several other family dishes). I’ve created a video to go along with this recipe so if you’d like to see a lot of cuteness and the kuchen make sure to watch! Ready for a healthy(ish) dessert? Let’s dive in!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

2c all purpose flour
1c nondairy milk (I used almond)
3tsp baking powder
1/2c sugar
1/4c oil
1tsp lemon zest
2tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4tsp sea salt
2 large apples, cored, peeled and slice thin
1/2c dried cranberries
1/4c rolled oats
1 liberal dash of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400*F
In a bowl, combine the baking powder and flour. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, vanilla, lemon zest, nondairy milk, and salt until blended smooth.
Combine the wet and dry mixtures and stir until combined. The batter should be thick.
Pour the batter into a greased round cake or glass pan. Add your cranberries & oats.
Place the slice apples evenly over the top of the batter, add a dash of cinnamon and bake for 40 minutes.
After 40 minutes the top and edges of your apples should be a golden brown. Insert a wooden skewer to test if it is done (the skewer should come out clean). If you think your cake needs more time, watch it carefully
Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before serving.

This cake is very classic but you will see several variations online. Like I said above, even I tend to alter what spices or toppings I add from time to time (cranberries, oats, where the apples are placed, etc). You can add cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, any of your favorite spices.