I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a version of this cake while flipping through a German cooking magazine. I knew I had to make my own version for the holidays.
The secret to the flavor of this cake is soaking the apple pieces overnight in a mixture of pomegranate juice and syrup. This not only amps up the taste, but turns the apple slices a lovely shade of red which makes the cake so pretty.
The streusel contains pistachios which provide unique flavor and color. I was going for a subtle red and green seasonal theme. You don't have to stick to pistachios. Use your favorite nut or combination of nuts or use whatever variety you have on hand.
This recipe is for a sheet cake, so it feeds a lot of people. Very handy if you have a stampede of relatives at your holiday table.
It's also great if you only want to make one dessert for a lot of people. You won't have to figure out doubling a recipe or make one recipe multiple times. Serve with some store bought good quality vanilla ice cream and call it a night.