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German Apple Crumble Cake

German Apple Crumble Cake

This German apple crumble cake, also known as Apfelstreuselkuchen is easy to follow, moist even on the third day and gloriously delicious with an amazing buttery vanilla flavor.

Made up of cake base, filled with apples, almond flakes and raisins and finished off with buttery crumbles. Such a great anytime treat!

What makes this apple cake over the top is that you immediately pour heavy cream over the hot cake and wait until all the sauce has been absorbed, before serving. This makes the cake extra moister.

Feel free adjust this recipe according to your liking. (1) You can skip the filling, (2) or substitute the apples with fruits of your choice and leave out raisins if you’re not a fan.

What you’ll need to make apple streusel sheet cake

For the cake base

– 250 g (8.8 oz/ 2 cups) pain flour (all purpose flour)
– 150 g (5.3 oz) butter, room temperature
– 120 g (4.23 oz/ 2/3 – 1 tablespoon) sugar
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 3 medium eggs Germany, large US, room temperature
– 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
– 4 tablespoons milk, room temperature

* Vanilla: This recipe calls for vanilla sugar, but feel free to use, about 1 teaspoon vanilla extract .Just increase the amount of regular sugar with 1 tablespoon if you’re using vanilla extract.

for the apple almond raisin filling

  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) apples
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 100 g (3.5 oz / 2/3 cup) almond flakes/ chopped almonds
  • a handful raisins
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

What you’ll need to make the crumble topping:

  • 230 g (8.1 oz/ about 1 cup – 1 tablespoon) butter
  • 200 g (7 oz/ 1 cup) sugar
  • 400 g (14.1 oz/ 3 1/3 cups) plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

* Vanilla: This recipe calls for vanilla sugar, but feel free to use, about 1 teaspoon vanilla extract .Just increase the amount of regular sugar with 1 tablespoon if you’re using vanilla extract.

You’ll also need:

– 200 ml (about 6.8 fl.oz/ ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon) heavy cream (whipping cream)

How to make super moist German apple streusel cake

Begin by greasing the baking sheet with butter and set aside. I’ve used a 45×37 cm (17.72 x 14.57 inch) baking sheet.

Next make the batter. Simply combine the flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, butter, milk and vanilla sugar/ extract in a bowl and whisk to a smooth cream.

Using a spatula scrape the batter into the prepared baking sheet, smooth the top and set aside. Then preheat the oven to 200 ° C (392 °F), with both top and bottom heat.

Make the apple filling with raisins and almond flakes:

To make the apple filling simply peel the apples, remove the core and cut into slices. Put the apples in a bowl add the remaining ingredients for the filling except the almond flakes or chops and mix well.

Scatter the apple filling mixture all over the cake base, then sprinkle almond flakes/ chops evenly all over the top.

How to make streusel for apple cake

In the same bowl that you used to make the cake base combine flour, butter, sugar and vanilla extract/ sugar. Using your hands mix all the ingredients together until small crumbles start to form. Sprinkle crumble evenly over the apple mixture and bake for 35 – 40 minutes.

Immediately after baking remove the cake from the oven and pour the heavy cream evenly on it.

Let the cake absorb all the cream before serving. Dust the apple crumble cake with powdered sugar (icing sugar), then cut into pieces and serve. Feel free to serve your apple crumble cake with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

NOTES

  • Feel free adjust this recipe according to your liking. (1) You can skip the filling, (2) or substitute the apples with fruits of your choice and leave out raisins if you’re not a fan. If you skip the filling, just bake the cake for 25 – 30 minutes.
  • This apple cake stays moist even after 3 days. Just keep baking sheet with the cake covered with a kitchen towel or a plastic wrap.
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5 from 2 votes

German Apple Crumble Cake

This German apple crumble cake with raisins and almond flakes is a family favorite. It's moist even on the third day, delicious (with the right amount of sweetness ) and easy to make. Perfect for any celebration! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Absorb Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: European, German
Keyword: apple cake, apple crumble cake, apple sheet cake with streusel topping, apple streusel cake, German apple streusel cake, Streusel cake
Servings: 25 Servings
Author: Ester | esterkocht.com

Equipment

  • about 45×37 cm (17.72 x 14.57 inch) baking sheet

Ingredients

For the cake base

  • 250 g (8,8 oz/ 2 cups) plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 150 g (5,3 oz) butter romm temperature
  • 120 g (4.23 oz/ ⅔ – 1 tablespoon) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 medium eggs Germany, large US  room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar SEE NOTES
  • 4 tablespoons milk room temperature

For the filling

  • about kg (2.2 lbs) apples
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 100 g (3.5 oz / 2/3 cup) almond flakes/ chopped almonds
  • 1 hand full raisins
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the crumbles

  • 230 g (8.1 oz/ about 1 cup – 1 tablespoon) butter
  • 200 g (7 oz/ 1 cup) sugar
  • 400 g (14,1 oz/ 3 1/3 cups) plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar SEE NOTES

For the super moist effect

  • 200 ml (about 6.8 fl.oz/ ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon) heavy cream (whipping cream)

Instructions

  • Grease the baking sheet with butter. I've used a 45×37 cm (17.72 x 14.57 inch) baking sheet.
  • In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, butter, milk and vanilla extract/ vanilla sugar and whisk to a smooth cream. Using a spatula scrape the batter into the prepared baking sheet, smooth the top and set aside. Then preheat the oven to 200 ° C (392 °F), with both top and bottom heat.
  • Next, peel the apples, remove the core and cut into slices. Put the apples in a bowl add the remaining ingredients for the filling except the almond flakes or chops and mix well. Scatter the apple filling mixture all over the cake base. Then sprinkle almond flakes/ chopped almonds all over the top.
  • In the same bowl that you used to make the cake base combine flour, butter, sugar and vanilla extract/ sugar. Using your hands or handmixer mix all the ingredients together until small crumbles start to form. Sprinkle crumble evenly over the apple mixture and bake for about 40 minutes.
  • Immediately after baking remove the cake from the oven and pour the heavy cream evenly on it.
  • Let the cake absorb all the cream before serving. Dust the apple crumble cake with powdered sugar (icing sugar), then cut into pieces and serve. Feel free to serve your apple crumble cake with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes

  1. * Vanilla: This recipe calls for vanilla sugar, but feel free to use about 1 teaspoon vanilla extract instead of vanilla sugar. Just increase the amount of regular sugar with 1 tablespoon if you’re using vanilla extract.
  2. Feel free adjust this recipe according to your liking. (1) You can skip the filling, (2) or substitute the apples with fruits of your choice and leave out raisins if you’re not a fan. If you skip the filling, just bake the cake for 25 – 30 minutes.

Did you make this German apple cake with streusele? I’d love to hear from you! Simply write a review and add rating to it.

Recipe Rating




Lisa

Friday 12th of October 2018

Oh my gosh that looks delish! Thanks for all the images showing what to do... sooooo helpful!

Mary

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Can I half this recipe??

Mary,

Ester

Saturday 13th of October 2018

You are so nice Lisa! Thank you so much for the wonderful review!

Kate

Friday 12th of October 2018

I am going to try this modified for gluten free- tis the season!! Apples are plentiful! Yum!

Ester

Saturday 13th of October 2018

I’m so happy you like it Kate! Thank you for the review!

John Saeger

Thursday 11th of October 2018

Thanks for sharing. This looks amazing!

Ester

Saturday 13th of October 2018

Thank you for your comment John! I'm glad you like it!

Elle

Thursday 11th of October 2018

This looks delicious!

Ester

Saturday 13th of October 2018

Thank you!