Apfelklosse (German Apple Cake)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is a traditional German recipe. It is considered a 'cake' there, but more akin to what we know as bars.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoons salt and baking powder. Cut in butter as for pie crust. Add egg yolks. Press half in the bottom of a 10 x 15 inche jelly roll pan.
  3. Combine apples, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread over the bottom
  4. crust. Crumble remaining crust over the filling.
  5. Brush with egg whites and bake for 30-40 minutes.
  6. Serve with a vanilla custard sauce or ice cream.
Most Helpful

I used gala apples and thought during the process that I might not have enough crust for the topping, but it worked out fine. We loved that it wasn't over done with sweetness. I would like to try this again using a tad less butter for the pastry, just because we thought it was too buttery for our tastes. I was greedy enough to stash some in the freezer (cut it up into squares and wrapped in foil) and they still tasted good after defrosting and reheating.

elli2cook July 10, 2012

Hubby and I enjoyed this. You have to be careful when brushing on the egg whites because if you don't a big glob of egg white may make your crust taste too eggy. Was great warmed up in the microwave the next day as well. Made for ZWT6 German region.

cookin_nurse May 24, 2010

Prepared for ZWT 4 by 14 yr old DD. Her comments: "Very good and easy to make." Mom's comments: "DD did well on her own except didn't know how to peel apples and she didn't bake long enough." Both: "Thanks for sharing this recipe! We will definitely make it again!"

Mama Cee Jay June 04, 2008