German Krummeltorte (easy apple crumble cake)

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Apple crumble cake

I know it’s incredibly unusual for me to post two sweet recipes in one month, let alone two in a row, but it pretty much represents the way I eat at this time of year. January to November, I’ll probably eat dessert no more than once or twice a month, but come December, every meal must be followed by some sort of sweet, and then between each meal there’s plenty of chocolate  – so I’m making the most of it before January swings round once again.

This German Krummeltorte might sound fancy, but it’s actually ridiculously easy – so much so that you need pretty much no baking ability whatsoever. It’s sort of an apple crumble / apple pie / apple cake hybrid, consisting of a layer of cake at the bottom, then a layer of spiced apples, and finished off with a crumbly streusel-like topping. The simplicity of this recipe becomes apparent when you realise that the recipe for the cakey bottom layer is actually identical to the crumble topping – how it works, I have no idea, but somehow it transforms into two different things as it cooks. Must be some sort of magic.

Apple crumble cake

Now I can’t actually take full (or any) credit for this recipe, since it’s actually one of my late Granny’s recipes from her hand-written recipe book that we discovered a while back – aren’t those the best? You know a recipe is special when someone has taken the time to write it out by hand into their personal recipe book. My Granny wasn’t even remotely German (she was Welsh, actually), and I have no idea where she got this recipe from originally (probably an old cookbook or one of her friends), so I’ll just credit it to her. She was an amazing cook.

Apple crumble cake

The best thing about this cake is how versatile it is – if you let it cool, you can serve it as a teatime snack with a cup of tea, or if you serve it while it’s warm with a drizzle of cream, it’s more of an apple crumble-like dessert. It will happily keep for a few days, so you can even do both!

Apple crumble cake
German Krummeltorte (apple crumble cake)
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche’s Granny
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Serves: 8
  • ~700g apples (a mixture of cooking and eating apples)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2tbsp demerara sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F). Line and lightly grease a spring-form cake tin measuring around 9 inches.
  2. Peel and core the apples, and cut them into chunks or slices. Add them to a pan with the cinnamon and a third of the granulated sugar, and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes until nearly soft. Set aside.
  3. Rub the butter and the flour together, then add the remaining granulated sugar and egg, and mix well with a fork to form a breadcrumb-like mixture.
  4. Press two-thirds of the cake mixture into the cake tin, and add the stewed apples in a slightly rounded heap, leaving a small gap around the edge. Then sprinkle the remaining cake mixture around the sides and over the top of the apples. Top with a couple of tablespoons of demerara sugar.
  5. Bake for around 40 minutes, or until golden brown. To serve warm, leave to stand for a few minutes, and then release from the spring-form pan. To serve cold, leave it to cool in the tin and then remove and slice.

Apple crumble cake

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      1. well
        First, I bought the wrong type of sugar but used it anyway. And after mixing everything and putting the apples on, I realised I have used way too much cake mixture on the bottom, so I didn’t have enough to put on the top and had to make more.
        And when I was all happy thinking that maybe an angel would make my cake turn out just fine, I realise I have put it on 250 and not 190. Ok, since it have been just 20 minutes, I still had time to decrease the temperature.
        But when it was ready…well, the cake mixture grew up a lot, like, really a lot. There were pieces here and there of apples..but still tastes good, actually. Kind raw,but ok
        Yeah, I am a disaster.

  1. very nice! a little sweeter than is customary around here but the relatives loved it, so that is 6 germans approving of this recipe :D

    also: apple crumble pie = Apfel-Streuselkuchen ^^

    1. Oh wow that’s a great compliment coming from someone who knows what they’re talking about!! Thanks so much :) and yes, the ‘apple crumble cake’ bit was just my own description, wasn’t meant to be a direct translation :)

  2. That looks delicious! I love that kind of simple apple cake with a bit of cinnamon in it. I think we would actually call that one Apfelstreuselkuchen over here, although the traditional recipe for the dough seems to be a bit different – but Krümeltorte sounds equally great to me ;-)

  3. My god, I want to carry that whole thing around in my purse and speak in a German accent! Apple treats are the best, and this one looks like a blast to make!