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Slice Of German Riesling Apple Cake |

German Riesling Apple Cake

  • Author: Nina-Kristin Isensee
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x


A delicious German dessert that combines sweet Riesling wine and fall apples.


  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour (300 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (5 grams)
  • 1 stick + 2 tablespoons salted butter, cubed, at room temperature (140 grams)
  • 8 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided (100 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (2.1 grams)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 pounds apples (908 grams)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 16 fluid ounces Riesling*, divided (500 grams)
  • 3 rounded tablespoons cornstarch (25 grams)


  1. Place the flour and baking powder into a bowl, stir to combine, and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and 2 tablespoons sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, and stir to mix until combined.
  3. Add the flour mixture in three batches, and stir to combine completely between each addition. Bring the dough together into a ball with your hands, and flatten it to form a disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Peel, core, and cut the apples into small cubes. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and toss to coat, to prevent browning.
  5. In a small bowl, combine about a third of the wine with the cornstarch and vanilla extract, and whisk until smooth.
  6. Place the remaining wine and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the starch mixture and continue to stir. When it reaches a boil for the second time and has begun to thicken, remove from the heat.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F (convection 300°F) and grease a 10-inch springform pan.
  8. Press the chilled dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Prick the dough several times with a fork.
  9. Spread the apples in the pan in an even layer, and pour the wine glaze on top so the apples are fully covered.
  10. Bake for 1 hour, or until the cake has cooked through. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the pan and serving.


You may substitute any type of sweet white wine or 100% apple juice for the Riesling, if you wish.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: German

Keywords: apple cake, white wine, apple