Classic German Apple Streusel Cake

Fresh tart apples give this classic German Apple Streusel Cake cake a zesty flavor and also adds moisture to this delicious rustic sweet treat. Perfect with your morning coffee or tea!



Yay for apple season! It’s only just October but since last month I’ve probably baked several apple cakes already! That’s how much I love baking with apples!


I guess it’s the dawn of cooler weather too that makes it the perfect time to turn on the oven without having to turn your entire house into one!


(This apple cake version uses white sugar (hence the lighter look) and almonds on top instead of pecans. Either way they’re delicious!)


That truly motivates me to bake plus the kids after a long day at school always want some snacks once they get home so I feel obliged to give them something delicious! Those famished tummies need filling!



Also, as far as I am concerned anything baked with apples is delicious! My kids agree too!

Case in point, my boy loved this apple cake so much that he pretty much ate it all by himself! Thankfully, not in one seating!!! 

He said he loved the fruity flavors from the apples and the spices that enhance the cake’s flavors, too.



Thus, whether as a breakfast cake or an afternoon snack, they heartily enjoyed each slice of this Classic German Apple Streusel Cake!



I love a good coffee cake because I enjoy having something a little sweet with my favorite morning beverage! Having fresh apples add such yummy fruity goodness to this lovely cake.



Above is what the cake looks like before it’s baked. Below is what it looks like once it’s baked. I used brown sugar so the cake looks darker so feel free to use white sugar if you prefer a paler looking cake.





Classic German Apple Streusel Cake

Manila Spoon
Fresh tart apples give this classic German Apple Streusel Cake cake a zesty flavor and also adds moisture to this delicious rustic sweet treat. Perfect with your morning coffee or tea!
4.34 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Germany
Servings 10


  • 4 Granny Smith or Cox apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice,
  • 1 cup light brown or white sugar (set aside 2 tablespoons from the 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans or almonds (or your nut of choice)
  • 3/4 cup or 12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened to room temperature plus extra for greasing
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • tsp ground cinnamon (may replace 1/2 tsp with ground nutmeg for stronger spice flavor)
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease the bottom and side of a 9-inch round springform pan (preferably light-colored).
  • Drizzle the lemon juice over the chopped apples. Stir to ensure everything is coated with lemon juice.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon (and ground nutmeg, if using) plus salt.
  • Remove 2 tablespoons from the cup of brown sugar and mix with the chopped nuts. Set aside as topping.
  • With an electric mixer, beat the remaining sugar with the butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour and continue to mix just until combined. Do not overmix. Batter would be thick.
  • Fold in the apples and any remaining juice into the batter ensuring the apples are well distributed. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Use a spatula to even the surface.
  • Sprinkle all over with the sugar and nut mixture on top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until the top is nicely browned and firm (springs back when pressed slightly). You may also use a cake tester and insert it in the middle of the cake and when it comes out clean then the cake is done.
  • Allow to cool in the springform pan for 10 minutes then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely. Make sure to cool completely before slicing. This can be made a day ahead.
Keyword apple crumble cake, apple streusel coffee cake, Classic German Apple Streusel Cake, easy german apple cake, german crumble apple cake, traditional german apple cake recipe
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Last updated on November 18th, 2020 at 10:03 pm



  1. Beth
    February 24, 2021 / 3:05 pm

    5 stars
    This German apple streusel cake looks great and so yummy! I’m so excited to give this a try! My family and I are going to love this recipe!

  2. Emily Liao
    February 24, 2021 / 3:06 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! This streusel cake turned out perfectly! Loved all the apple flavors happening in this.

  3. Traci
    February 24, 2021 / 3:23 pm

    5 stars
    This is so easy and fun! Apple streusel cake has always intimidated me and for no reason lol. Thanks for sharing

  4. rika
    February 24, 2021 / 3:38 pm

    5 stars
    I just love the fresh fruit in this apple streusel cake. The recipe is so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Dannii
    February 24, 2021 / 3:41 pm

    5 stars
    I love any kind of apple dessert, and this cake looks amazing. So comforting.

  6. Emilia
    October 2, 2021 / 11:49 am

    This looks fantastic! I MUST try it!

4.34 from 6 votes (1 rating without comment)

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