German Apple Kuchen

German Apple Kuchen |

Apple Kuchen, which is translated as the German word for cake, is a dessert with a bread crust, a custard and “whatever fruit filling is your favorite,” topping. 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… Here’s mine.

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Serves 6-8 (unless it’s my family — my husband and I both get a slice and our teenage son gets the rest).

German Apple Kuchen |

German Apple Kuchen


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 Roma or Fuji apples, peeled, cored and sliced into sixteenths


1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray 8-inch cake or 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 mix until thoroughly combined.

Add the flour and baking powder and mix until just combined.

With floured fingers, press dough into the prepared pan, pushing the dough slightly up the edges. Arrange the apples in concentric circles and press into the dough. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar topping.

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.

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.

4 thoughts on “German Apple Kuchen

  1. I know this is an older post. However, I made this kitchen today for dessert, and it was phenomenal! Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Thanks for letting us know Michael! I’m glad you liked it. We certainly did too!

  2. Leah

    I made it tonight to bring as our German dish for our German octoberfest gathering tomorrow. It tasted different from all the desserts that I’ve had but i liked it, we all liked it.
    So definitely bringing this tomorrow and hope they will like it. Thanks for sharing this recipe Stephanie.

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! When I made my first kuchen, it was a bit different than I expected too. But in a good way! I hope everyone enjoys it! As you probably know, kuchen is a loved staple in German homes. My grandmother was a German from Russia and these kinds of desserts were their favorites.

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