Apfelkuchen (German Apple Cake)

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Apfel (apple) kuchen (cake)


A few years ago my hubby and I went on a dream vacation through Europe.  We spent most of our time in Germany and we just fell madly in love with the country.  The land, the people, the food and most definitely the beer are all just incredible.  We wanted to get a real feel of the area so we rented a car and drove through the majority of the country, staying at tiny bed and breakfasts (I had to google that to make sure it was the correct plural phrase!!) along the way.  Choosing to go the non-tourist route made for some amazing interactions and some unforgettable experiences.  Our hosts were always more than accommodating and we seemed to get by with our limited German and their limited English just fine.


On one of our favorite stops, we were served kaffee and kuchen (coffee and cake).


I instantly fell in love with the apfelkuchen ( apple cake) and begged the hostess for the recipe.  I’m sharing in with you today because I know that you will adore it too!


Apfelkuchen (German Apple Cake)
  • 3¼ cup flour, divided
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1¾ cup unsalted cold butter, divided
  • 5 Tbs ice water
  • 2¼ cups sugar, divided
  • 8-9 cups of peeled apples, thinly sliced
  • 2¼ tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Grease a 9x13" baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a food processor or blender add 2 cups flour, salt, 1 cup butter and ice water. Pulse until dough forms. Press the dough onto the bottom of the 9x13" dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the sides become golden brown.
  4. In the meantime, combine peeled and sliced apples with 1 cup sugar and cinnamon. toss to coat evenly. Spread onto the baked crust.
  5. Again using a food processor or blender, pulse the remaining flour, sugar and butter until it becomes fine crumbs. Spread onto apple mixture.
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until golden.
  7. Store in an airtight container.


We like to serve ours warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  This is the perfect fall recipe and a great way to use up your apple picking bounty!


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