What's the best apple for German apple cake?

A dense, butter cake topped with apples and cinnamon. Need we say more? OK, we will. German apple cake is easy to make AND a favorite dessert for those with a sweet tooth.

Granny Smith is a go-to apple for baking. It has a tasty, tart flavor and stands up well under heat, always holding its shape. You might also consider the super-sweet Fuji apple or the mild-sweet Golden Delicious. They also hold their shape well when baked and add perfect sweetness to this decadent cake.

Pro tips

  • When checking that your cake is fully baked, make sure your toothpick does a shallow dip below the layer of apples. If the cake is browning too fast on the top without cooking all the way through, throw some foil over it.