Apple Crumble Cake

Submitted by:
Vera Fahrenwaldt, Cologne, Germany
Organisation and Innovation, Quality Management

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Short pastry:
200g wheat flour
1 pinch backing soda
100g sugar
1 package vanilla sugar
1 pinch salt
1 egg (size M)
100g soft butter or margarine

Apple filling:
1 1/2kg apples, e.g. Elstar
75g sugar
1 pinch ground cinnamon
25g butter

Crumble dough:
150g wheat flour
100g sugar
1 package vanilla sugar
100g soft butter or margarine

1. Grease the bottom of the springform pan (diameter 26 cm). Preheat oven (Top/bottom heat about 200°C, hot air about 180°C).

2. Short pastry: Mix flour with baking soda in a mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix everything with a mixer (dough hook) first on lowest, then on highest speed to a dough. Roll out 2/3 of the dough on the springform pan bottom and prick it several times with a fork. Place the springform pan rim around it. Place the pan on the rack in the oven and pre-bake the base (middle rack, baking time about 15 min.). Allow the base to cool in the pan on a cooling rack.

3. Filling: Peel apples and cut into small pieces, steam with sugar, cinnamon and butter while stirring over medium heat for about 10 min, let cool slightly.

4. Form the remaining dough into a long roll, place it as a rim on the pre-baked base and press it against the pan to form a rim about 2 cm high. Spread apple filling on the pre-baked base.

5. Crumbles: Mix flour in a mixing bowl with sugar and vanilla sugar. Add butter or margarine and mix everything with mixer (beaters) to make crumbles of desired size. Spread the crumble evenly over the filling.

6. Bake the cake until done. Stove setting: see above. Baking time: about 40 min.

7. Remove springform pan rim, loosen pastry only from springform pan bottom, but let it cool on a cooling rack.


German apple cake is a delightful combination of dense, buttery dough and sliced, halved, or diced apples. Depending on the region, the cake is often dusted with cinnamon sugar, covered in crumbly streusel, or doused in vanilla-flavored custard.
Traditionally baked in round tins, sliced apple cake is usually enjoyed as a filling afternoon dessert that is often paired with coffee or tea. I like baking this apple cake because it is easy to make yet special. Enjoy!

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