Apple Kuchen (Old-Fashioned Apple Cake)

"Apples-on-top coffee cake. Easy, from-scratch home cookin' - and a childhood memory from my grandmother's recipe file. Make it with your kids & enjoy the aroma of cinnamon while it bakes!"
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photo by Lorrie in Montreal photo by Lorrie in Montreal
Ready In:




  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Lightly grease and flour a cake pan: 7"x11" (you can substitute an 8" or 9" square cake pan if needed).
  • Pare and core the apples and slice them thinly (about 1/4" to 1/2" thick). Mix the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
  • For the cake batter:

  • Cream the 3/4 cup of sugar, the shortening, and egg together until fluffy. Gradually add the milk.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, and baking soda together and stir into the first mixture.
  • Spread the batter in the prepared cake pan.
  • Arrange the apples on top of the batter in rows, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the apples.
  • Bake @ 375 for 35 to 40 minutes.

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  1. I made this for my final in culinary school and cut the recipe in 1/2 using a whole egg. Sub'd butter for the shortening and put it in muffin tins and baked for 25 minutes. They turned out excellent.
  2. This is the recipe I have been looking for , for years. This is the one my mother used to make for us as kids and we couldn't find her recipe for it. So thank you so much.
  3. I haven't baked much, but this recipe was so easy! And the basic ingredients meant that I didn't have to run to the grocery store to make it. It looked beautiful and tasted great. The only adjustment I made was not sprinkling all of the sugar mixture over the top. This will definitely be on the menu for our Christmas brunch this year.
  4. Made for An a apple a day photo event. Pantry ingredients and it has a lovely presentation look. Definitely a keeper. Thanks Gammy.


I am the Mom of "A la Carte" and her sister, and grandmother (hence "Gammy") of two GREAT kids! (Aren't they all?) I've always enjoyed cooking & baking and have been getting lots of great ideas from Recipe Zaar. My DH & I live in a rural area with our dog & cat, and we spend lots of time with family & friends which is our most cherished recreational activity! Aside from that we love it when we find time for get-aways near or far. We like hiking, X-C skiing, snow shoeing, and summer vacations in Maine were a family tradition for many years. We love to read, travel, and garden (well, me anyway!) We're into wildlife in general, and avid birders here at home - or far afield, when we get the chance. I learned to cook from my mother & grandmother, who were constantly trying out new recipes along with preparing old family favorites. Now that our own daughters are grown and great cooks themselves, rarely a day goes by that one or the other of us doesn't share a new recipe or call with a cooking question! We all do a lot of improvising & also like many different cuisines. I have a gazillion cookbooks but if there's one cookbook I couldn't live without, it would be the old standby "Joy of Cooking". My mother in law gave me my first copy when we were first married, and an updated edotion a few years ago.
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