German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

This dish in the Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook comes from Frieda Mair of Ocala, Florida who arrived on Ellis Island from Germany on October 20, 1929.

Frieda spent one night on Ellis Island and then from there she went to Chicago. She never forgot her night on Ellis Island and has never regretted coming to this country.

German Apple Cake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 
2 tsp. baking powder 
1/2 tsp. salt 
3/4 cup sugar 
1 1/2 sticks butter 
2 eggs 
6 apples, sliced 


  1. Mix that well and lay out a form 8" x 12". 

  2. Slice the apples and cover the form with apples.


2 eggs, separated
1 tsp. vanilla 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Beat 2 egg yolks with a 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla. 

  2. Beat the egg whites separately.

  3. Fold in 1/2 cup sour cream and then the egg white. 

  4. Spread that over the apples. 

  5. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.



For more great recipes from around the world, purchase your copy of The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook.

The cookbook is a 268-page spiral-bound book containing recipes from thirty-five countries. The recipes are introduced with family memories. The book also contains a History of Ellis Island, Chronology, Immigrant Food Memories.

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