Authentic German Apple Cake With Streusel Topping

German apple cake with streusel topping

Today, I am sharing my authentic German Apple cake with a streusel topping recipe with you. Picture a thick layer of apple slices on a thin yeast dough base topped with delicious buttery streusel/crumbles.

Trust me, once you have tried my German apple cake recipe, you will always want to make it.

The recipe I am sharing with you has been used by my late grandmother, my mother, and now by me, much to the delight of my family and friends.

This authentic German apple cake is big enough to feed a family of five for afternoon tea or dessert. I love to serve it with a generous amount of whipped cream and maybe even some ice cream.

Extra tip: any leftover cake can be kept in the freezer. Simply put the cake in suitable plastic bags. When you are ready, defrost the cake and reheat it in a hot oven for around 10 minutes. It will taste freshly baked.

This German apple cake is so delicious, that my daughter always wants it as her birthday cake for her birthday party.

authentic German apple cake with streusel topping

Extra Tips Before You Get Started

The combination of the yeast dough, topped with juicy sliced apples, plus the taste of the golden brown streusel on top is just amazing.

A word of caution: Because we are using yeast dough, it will take some time to prepare. It is mainly the waiting time for the dough to rise which will take around 1 1/2 hours

You may want to check my other German Recipes: German Bread Rolls without kneading, Authentic Recipe For German Potato Salad, How To Make A German Meatloaf

Tip 1: you can prepare the dough a day in advance and leave it in the fridge overnight.

Tip 2: The same applies to the apples and streusel topping. Both can be prepared prior and left in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

Tip 3: If you like to try a different fruit instead of apples, you can also use plums, cherries, or gooseberries. It is equally delicious.

Tip 4: When you are using the yeast, only use lukewarm milk to dissolve the yeast.

Tip 5: Enjoy the cake while still warm with whipped cream (my favorite) and some vanilla ice cream on the side.

German apple cake with streusel topping

German apple cake with streusel topping

Authentic German Apple Cake With Streusel Topping

Impress your family with this authentic German apple cake and a scrumptious buttery streusel topping. Serve with whipped cream (and if you fancy) with ice cream and you will want to go back for more. That's how delicious it is.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Proofing Time for the dough 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine German
Servings 10 people


For the dough

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 100 grams butter

Apples/ Streusel Topping

  • 8 large apples, cut into slices e.g. Granny Smith
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 100 grams soft butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Extra Topping – Cinnamon Sugar

  • 5 tbsp granulated sugar mixed with 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 100 grams melted (slightly burned) butter


The dough

  • in a small saucepan warm up the milk (lukewarm)
    1 cup milk
  • add the yeast and stir in the yeast; let the mixture sit for around 5 minutes until froth has formed on the surface
    1 tsp dry yeast
  • while you are waiting, sieve the flour into a large bowl
    3 cups all purpose flour
  • now add the butter, and the sugar, add the yeast/milk mixture to the other ingredients and mix with your hand until well combined; Note: you can also use an electric stand mixer
    1/2 cup granulated sugar, 100 grams butter
  • knead until the dough forms a soft ball, around 5 minutes
  • cover and put into a warm place to proof
  • once it has doubled in size (1.5 hrs), the dough is ready
  • grease the baking sheet pan with a little bit of butter, roll out the dough, and put it in the pan; Important: Let the dough rise in the pan for another 30 minutes before adding the apple slices

Apple Topping

  • while the dough is rising, peel the apples, cut out the core, and cut the apples into thick slices
    8 large apples, cut into slices
  • to prevent the apples from browning drizzle with lemon juice
    lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • once the dough is on the baking sheet, arrange the apple slices on the dough in the baking sheet pan

Streusel Topping

  • in a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and soft butter until they resemble crumbles (streusel)
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 100 grams soft butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • scatter the crumbles evenly on top of the apple slices until they are almost covered


  • preheat the oven to 180 Degrees Celcius/ 350 Fahrenheit conventional setting
  • bake for around 30 to 45 minutes (depends on your oven) or until the dough and the streusel are golden brown

Extra Topping

  • once the cake is baked, drizzle with cinnamon sugar and butter. Put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes
    5 tbsp granulated sugar mixed with 1 tsp of cinnamon, 100 grams melted (slightly burned) butter



The cake is most delicious when it is still warm. We love it served with whipped cream and (if you fancy) some ice cream.
It is also perfect for putting in the freezer. Once the cake has cooled down, cut it into slices and put it into freezer-proof bags. When needed, unthaw the slices and warm up in the oven or microwave.
It’s also ideal for the kid’s lunch boxes.
Instead of apples, you can use fresh plums or gooseberries.
Enjoy and don’t forget to share the recipe with friends and family.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
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