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

5 5

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.

4 5

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.

5 5

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!"