My Mutti's German Poppy Seed Cake recipe (Mohnkuchen) is so WUNERBAR!. Even though it uses yeast, it's simple to make. It's among my favorite holiday baking recipes, especially since I just love poppy seed in any type of cake!
Delicious and, oh, so traditionally German. For example, if you're fortunate to be celebrating Christmas in Germany, you'll find this treat on the dessert table, sitting right along side the Stollen and Lebkuchen.
Check below for the warning I give whenever making crumb cake recipes. It applies to this one as well!
Poppy Seed Filling:
You may not think that yeast recipes can be quick. This one is though. It only uses one main 'rising' and during that time you make the filling.
If you are blessed to live close to a German Deli, you can buy prepared poppy seed filling and use that instead.
However, making your own filling for this poppy seed cake recipe is cheaper.
A warning I give when making any of the crumb cake recipes (cakes with a crumb or "streusel" topping): the crumbs taste great even before baking. Keep the kids away -- they'll eat it up before you can use it!
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Anne says, "Just made this last week for my Birthday. I usually add walnut pieces or almond slivers. Can't believe it looks exactly the same as my Mama taught me some 40 years ago, the only thing what we did different, we use a fork to make the ridges in the apples. But they do open up better the way you do it with the knife. And you are right, this recipe never fails :)"
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"Just like Oma's"
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