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Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake)


"I fell in love with apfelkuchen when I was in 6th grade. Our teacher let us order from a local German bakery and eat our treats in class once a month. These flavors bring back wonderful memories."
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1 h 25 m servings 370 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 9x13-inch cake)


  • Calories:
  • 370 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 14.3 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 57.1g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Sodium:
  • 136 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking dish or a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Beat 2 1/4 cup flour, milk, 1/4 cup sugar, yeast, 6 tablespoons butter, vanilla extract, and 1 pinch salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high until dough is smooth, about 5 minutes; spread into baking dish and press dough up the sides. Press apple slices into dough.
  3. Mix 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup flour, candied lemon peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1 pinch salt in a bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup butter with a knife or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle over apples. Allow dough to rise for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  5. Bake in preheated oven until cake is golden brown and apples are tender, about 35 minutes.

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  1. 43 Ratings

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This was delicious and not hard to make at all. It was humid the day I made this. The dough seemed way to sticky with the amount of flour called for in the dough part of the recipie. I hate a...

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I really like the concept of this recipe with yeast in the cake batter, baked apples, and crumble topping. The taste and texture were good, but it seems that the recipe's 400F cooking temperatu...

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This was delicious and not hard to make at all. It was humid the day I made this. The dough seemed way to sticky with the amount of flour called for in the dough part of the recipie. I hate a...

Making this one again at husband's request for Thanksgiving dessert. I used dark brown sugar in the topping the first time. A little too "gooey" with just the brown sugar - going to use half reg...

This is a great recipe. So simple and quick to make. I used fresh apricots and no crumbs. Instead I whipped one egg with 1/2 cup sugar and poured that over the apricots. This is a keeper!

I am currently studying in Germany and this tastes better than the Apfelkuchen at the bakeries! It's not too sweet, just right. I add an extra apple, but 3 is just fine. The dough is super stick...

My mother is from Germany, I have been there several times. This is just like the cake I have eaten there. I may try with plums instead of apples next time

GREAT First of all the changes i made: 1. 4 apples not 3, i cut them into small pieces 2. I used 'Apple spice' instead of nutmeg and cinnamon. 3. I used lemon juice instead of lemon peel, i put ...

Wonderful! As a German, I thoroughly enjoyed this.

As good as in Germany, and my house smells heavenly!

I made this the other day, and it was a blast from the past! My mother is from Germany and used to make this often. This is the same recipe she has from a German cookbook called Backen macht Fre...