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German Apple Kuchen is one of the easiest cakes you’ll ever make. Absolutely delicious with fresh sliced apples over a buttery, moist cake. A cinnamon-sugar topping is truly the icing on the cake for this classic European bake.
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Apple Kuchen, which is translated as the German word for cake, is a dessert with a bread crust, a custard, and a topping of fruit. In this case, apples – perfect for fall!
Kuchen is part of a 400-year-old “Kaffee and Kuchen” (or Coffee and Cake) tradition, much like teatime in Great Britain. On Sundays, between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., many Germans gather with friends and family to enjoy cakes, kuchens, and other confections, over a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Every German should have a secret Kuchen recipe… and here’s mine. While it deviates slightly from the expected (I don’t add the usual custard layer as I find with the apples and the cinnamon sugar topping the cake is sweet and rich enough with a cup of coffee!), it always gets wonderful reviews!
For this recipe, you will need unsalted butter (European-style if you can get it!), granulated sugar, egg, milk, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon and apples!
Frequently Asked Questions
Readers have told me this recipe still works without peeling the apples, and makes a very pretty looking Kuchen.
You can definitely double the recipe — but don’t double the baking time. Begin to test the kuchen at about 45 minutes. It won’t be done, but check back in 5-minute increments until it is done. Be careful not to leave the oven door open as it will release too much heat. Instead, take the kuchen out of the oven to test it, and immediately close the oven door.
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- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 small apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray an 8-inch cake pan or even a tart pan with non-stick spray.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until it becomes light and fluffy. Add the egg, and milk, and beat until thoroughly combined.
- Add the flour and baking powder; mix until just combined.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Arrange the apples in concentric circles and press them into the batter, letting it come slightly up the sides of the pan. Sprinkle with as much of the cinnamon-sugar mixture topping as desired. You can also, optionally, sprinkle some chopped walnuts over the top.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes or until nicely browned. Let cool completely. Drizzle with an Icing Glaze made up of confectioner’s sugar and water if desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g