German Crumb Cake Recipes

Crumb cake recipes ("Streuselkuchen") are quick and delicious treats to make for your family and friends. These traditional cakes, which are so easy to make, look so pretty, too.

The fruit and flavourings can be changed to provide variation, but the method of making these crumb cakes, or "Streuselkuchen", is a basic recipe to learn.

German Crumb Cake

Usually I put apple slices under the streusel, but you can try peach slices, pear slices, halved plums, even pitted cherries would be delicious.

German Apple Crumb Cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon peel, grated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 - 3 apples, peeled, thinly sliced
Topping Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, chilled
Instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 13" X 9" baking pan.
  • In medium bowl, beat butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat.
  • Blend flour, baking powder, and lemon peel together.
  • Add flour mixture alternately with milk into butter mixture and mix well.
  • Spread batter in greased pan.
  • Arrange apple slices on top of batter in slightly overlapping rows.
To make Topping:
  • In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar.
  • Using 2 knives or a pastry blender cut in butter until mixture resembles large crumbs.
  • Sprinkle over apples.
  • Bake for 40 - 45 minutes. Check with wooden toothpick to see if it is done (should come out clean - no batter on toothpick).
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  • Makes about 16 servings. Tastes great served with whipped cream!
Hints:
  • You can use margarine instead of butter.
  • Instead of lemon peel, add 1 tsp almond flavoring.
  • Instead of using knives or pastry blender, I just use my hands to quickly rub the butter into the flour/sugar mixture.

Crumb cakes are great when you need easy dessert ideas.

They mix up quickly using a mixer.

By the time the oven preheats, you'll have finished making the cake. The only real time is preparing the fruit, unless you use canned fruit. Then you just need to make sure you drain it well.

If I'm making an apple crumb cake recipe, I'll use whatever type of apple I have on hand, although Mackintosh, Golden Delicious, and Mutsu are especially tasty. I also like using Granny Smith - my all-time favourite apple for eating and cooking!

Apple slices on batte
Streusel Topping on Cak

A warning though - the crumb topping is so delicious, if you have kids (or a husband) around, they may try to sneak some topping off the cake while it is cooling (and even before it is baked)!

If you're looking for some more streusel cake recipes, here's one I think you'll love: an Easy Crumb Cake sent in by one of our readers, another Gerhild!


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