Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Deutsch Apple Bakery - Blanco, Texas

If you dream of sweets, the Deutsch Apple Bakery in Blanco is the place.  Apple-heaven, only half a mile from the courthouse square.

It starts before you even get in the door...the aroma of baking apples and sugary floury goodness in the oven, sweet-sharp and cinnamon-y.  Granny Smith apple pies baked fresh every morning. The Bakery makes apple pies daily, other flavors when they feel like it.  The day we were there they had pecan and buttermilk also.

The sign on the front door says:  

And regulars know it's true.  The Bakery often runs out of apple pie by 10:00am.  Get out of bed if you want pie for breakfast. 

But if you've been to the Deutsch Apple Bakery before, the Apple Pecan Cake is probably what drew you back--whether you're a Hill Country resident or hail from Austin, San Antonio or Houston.  Yes, I know Houston is more than 200 miles from Blanco.  But there are Houstonians who order an Apple Pecan Cake and make the drive and count themselves lucky they don't live further.  

I'll admit that before we went, I didn't understand the excitement about apple cake.  I've had apple cake before--kind of a spice cake.  Okay.

The Deutsch Apple Bakery's apple cake is OhBaby!  Moist like a spiced poundcake and layered with slices of melting tart apples spiked with a heavenly pecan glaze.  Let your tongue imagine a sweet marriage of browned butter-sugar-vanilla-dash of salt-caramel-pecan permeating the cake and krinkling over the surface. Owner Connie Endres says they take the cakes still hot from the ovens and dip them whole into a hot pan of glaze so that every inch is covered.

I'm convinced it's the best apple cake in the world. In a town of fewer than 10,000 souls.  In the Texas Hill Country, of course.  But you don't have to believe me, come try it for yourself.  Pick up a real estate brochure while you're there so you won't have to drive so far next time.

If You Go:

The Deutsch Apple Bakery, 602 Chandler St., Blanco
1-866-329-2253 tollfree, 830-833-2882 local
Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm -- or until they run out...

Update December 22, 2011: According to deutschapple.com, the bakery has closed.  Sad days for apple cake lovers.

Copyright 2009-2010 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. I tried their apple cake. No cake should be that sinful. It was so much better than any cake I've ever tasted that I wasn't sure that it WAS cake. Forget your diet. No matter how far from Blanco you live, you need to go there and get some of this apple cake. I wouldn't kid you about this!

  2. Wow. That puts a whole new spin on what "cake"is.
    I wish I had some.

  3. They should put you on the payroll!

  4. This was a really difficult post to read at 10:15 at night -- I'm dying for something, anything from that bakery!

  5. I agree with Elizabeth. This was a painful psot...My cholesterol was 280 recently and I'm drinking Metamucil (gag), taking red yeast rice, drank the last of my half n' half (GAGWD that hurts!), giving up meat and exercising....and then this. Bwaaaaaaa sniff Bwaaaaaaaa

  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all these wonderful old-fashioned Ma and Pa style restaurants, and you really make me want to go! Even the sign "may close earlier if sold out," it's just perfect. Looks amazing. . .

    Hi Kathleen,
    my mouth is watering. You've just given me one more reason - as if I ever needed more reasons - to go to the Hill Country again soon, sooner, soonest. And I think especially in this colder winter season that apple pie would be wonderful.
    Best regards from Karnes City,

  8. That is a beautiful cake - apples and pecans and dipped in glaze while it is hot. Salivation! I love that it is simply baked in a loaf pan in that sweet old building. Another small business worth supporting. Thanks, Kathleen!

  9. They look and sound so delicious and mouth watering, I am thinking of all those yummy flavours mingled together and I would love a slice right now!

    xoxoxo ♡

  10. I've seen that little bakery but haven't stopped in. Seems like we were wandering around at dinner time, I guess that's why. That apple cakes sign makes my mouth water.

  11. I am snowed in here in Michigan, and those photos of goodies look like they'd be mighty tasty with my mug of coffee. And I'd sure like to trade your warmer temps for the snow piling up outside -- except that I would hate to do that to a friend! :-)

  12. Planning a move from sunny California to even sunny-er Texas. Our realtor sent us the pecan apple cake and it is fantastic. Nice to have a piece of Texas here in California while we plan the move to our new home near Blanco. We can hardly wait.

  13. The Apple Cakes were the best I've ever had. Since the bakery is closed now, wonder if they would share the recipe? I miss them!



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