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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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking dish or a 9-inch springform pan.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Bake in preheated oven until cake is golden brown and apples are tender, about 35 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

370 calories; protein 4.5g 9% DV; carbohydrates 57.1g 18% DV; fat 14.3g 22% DV; cholesterol 37.4mg 13% DV; sodium 136mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2012
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 altering recipies on my first try but like I said it was so muggy and we make a lot of our own bread so I know how that can effect dough. I did end up adding about one cup more flour. This gave me a slightly sticky but smooth looking dough. I had to flour my finger tips to push it up the sides of the pan. The result regardless of the flour issue was so so good. It formed a soft very thin layer between the apples and dough that was almost cheese danish like..but not doughy or under baked. My family loved it and I will positively make it again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2014
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 temperature is too high. The exterior of the cake was brown after just 20 minutes but the center was not done. The next time I make this I will use a lower oven temperature in hopes that it will bake more evenly.... I have made this recipe a second time using 375F cooking temperature and still wasn't thrilled with the way it came out. I wonder if I am overcooking it but if cooked less then the batter that isn't touching the baking dish would still be doughy. Read More
(6)
60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2012
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 altering recipies on my first try but like I said it was so muggy and we make a lot of our own bread so I know how that can effect dough. I did end up adding about one cup more flour. This gave me a slightly sticky but smooth looking dough. I had to flour my finger tips to push it up the sides of the pan. The result regardless of the flour issue was so so good. It formed a soft very thin layer between the apples and dough that was almost cheese danish like..but not doughy or under baked. My family loved it and I will positively make it again! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2012
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 regular and half brown sugar this time. Overall flavor and ease of prep was great. Don't be scared of the yeast batter - it takes care of itself without being fussy. Would be great warm with a little scoop of ice cream or whipped cream - yum! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2014
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 sticky I add 1/2 cup more of flour but i've realized that as "wrong" as this feels sticky is OK! I also cut the butter by half in the crumbs (the butter it calls for made my crumbs almost a paste the first time) and add 1/4 cup of ground almond to my crumbs because why not?! DELICIOUS! This has my German boyfriend's seal of approval too! (ps. didn't add the candied lemon peel) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2012
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2013
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 Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2014
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 temperature is too high. The exterior of the cake was brown after just 20 minutes but the center was not done. The next time I make this I will use a lower oven temperature in hopes that it will bake more evenly.... I have made this recipe a second time using 375F cooking temperature and still wasn't thrilled with the way it came out. I wonder if I am overcooking it but if cooked less then the batter that isn't touching the baking dish would still be doughy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2013
Wonderful! As a German I thoroughly enjoyed this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2012
As good as in Germany and my house smells heavenly! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2015
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 aprox. 1 tsp and had to add more flour to the top mixture to dry it back. 4. I put the oven on 180C instead of 200C for aprox. 50-60 min. It came out INSANE... too good... It was also too easy to make... the kind of cakes I wish I will remember to bring/make when i have friends or family over or when i need to make something quickly. Read More
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