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.

close up view of a Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake) with a slice missing
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


  • 2 ¼ cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 1 ⅛ cups warm milk

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 3 large apples - peeled, cored, and sliced

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 ounces candied lemon peel, chopped (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup butter


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

370 Calories
14g Fat
57g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 370
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 160mg 3%

* 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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