German Apple Cake
German apple streusel cake, or "Apfelstreuselkuchen," is a traditional cake covered with apples and a crumb topping. Although some modern recipes use baking powder, it is traditionally leavened with yeast, as we have done with this recipe. The result is a more bread-like texture while remaining soft and tender. With cinnamon apples and a crunchy streusel topping, this recipe is a great way to enjoy seasonal apples.
Before going onto the dough, the apples are cooked until just tender with a bit of sugar and cinnamon. To make less work on baking day, you can prepare the apples and streusel a few days in advance.
Although this recipe is less sweet than a typical coffee cake, it is packed with fall flavor. We like dusting confectioner’s sugar on top, but you can leave it plain if desired. It also makes a fantastic dessert paired with vanilla ice cream.
2 ½ hours
One 9" square pan