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Apple Crumble Cake - German Cake

A soft and moist German apple crumble cake with a crisp crumb topping, a perfect autumn cake recipe.
Course Cakes
Cuisine German
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 390kcal
Author Adina


  • Crumble:
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 2 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 125 g/ 4.4 oz/ ½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz/ scant 2/3 cup unsalted butter very cold
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Batter and topping:
  • about 750 g/ 1.7 lbs tart apples about 5 medium
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 200 g/ 7 oz/ ¾ + 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter soft
  • 200 g/ 7 oz/ 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 sachets vanilla sugar or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6 eggs medium Germany, large US
  • 450 g/ 1 lb/ 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 300 g/ 10.6 oz/ 1 ¼ cup sour cream


  • The recipe can be easily halved and baked in a springform of about 26 cm/ 10 inches.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray of about 30x40 cm/ 12x16 inch with baking paper.

Crumbles in the food processor:

  • Place the flour, sugar and cinnamon in the food processor.
  • Pulse shortly to mix.
  • Add the very cold butter, cut into cubes, and process shortly until you have crumbles.

Crumbles without food processor:

  • Mix the flour, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, place the cold butter cubes on top and cut the butter into the flour until you obtain crumbles.
  • If doing this with your hands, only use your fingertips, if you use your palms the butter will get warm too quickly.
  • Place the crumble in the fridge until ready to use.


  • There is no need to peel the apples. Clean and chop them into small cubes. Toss well with lemon juice, it will prevent them from getting brown.


  • Place the soft butter in a bowl and beat until fluffy.
  • Add sugar, vanilla sugar or vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix well.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well in between.
  • Mix the flour and baking powder in another bowl. Add them to the egg mixture in 3 or 4 batches.
  • Divide the batter in two equal parts.
  • Leave one batch as it is and mix the second batch with the sour cream. Set aside.

Assembling the cake:

  • Spread the batter without the sour cream on the prepared tray.
  • Spread the apple cubes evenly on top of the batter.
  • Spread the sour cream batter over the apples.
  • Top the cake with the crumbles.
  • Bake the cake for about 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
  • If the cake starts to get brown long before the baking time is over, cover it very loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.

    The cake can be made one day in advance.



Serving: 1square | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g