Streusel cake is very popular in Germany throughout the year but especially in late summer and fall when all kinds of fruit are ripe. This is an easy yet delicious recipe for a German apple pie which doesn’t demand cooking or baking skills!
I layer my streusel cakes with with a variety of fruit, apples or plums for instance and I also like raspberries or even an apple-raspberry mix.
For a cake that serves 8 people the ingredients you will need will be:
- 2 big or 3 medium size apples
- juice of half a lemon to keep the apples from turning brown
For a raspberry-apple streusel cake take one apple less and use 125 g to 150 g fresh or frozen raspberries instead
- 1 round baking dish with a diameter of 24 cm (or a square dish of the appropriate size)
To prepare the cake batter:
- 2 medium size free range or organic eggs
- 125 g flour (whole wheat flour is a nice twist to the traditional recipe)
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 125 g brown sugar
- 100 ml sunflower or raisin seed oil
- 25 g hazelnuts (works well with walnuts and almonds)
First, roast the hazelnuts in a pan (without oil), set aside and allow to cool. Peel the apples and cut them in slices or dice (up to you). Sift the flour in a large bowl, add sugar, eggs, cinnamon and oil. Make sure to mix everything well. Ground the nuts and add them in the mix.
Grease your baking dish with butter or use parchment paper to prevent the batter from sticking. Then fill your cake batter in the baking dish and spread evenly. Tap once or twice to make the batter sit well in the baking dish. Add your apples or apple-raspberry mix.
For the streusel you will need:
- 125 g flour (or whole wheat flour)
- 75 g brown sugar
- 100 g butter in small knobs
- optional: add 100 g of your favorite nuts, chopped
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Mix flour, sugar and butter using your fingers. You want to obtain a crumbly mix (very similar to an actual crumble). If you feel that your streusel are too dry, you can add a tbsp of milk. In a last, optional step add the chopped nuts and the ground cinnamon.
Spread the streusel evenly across the fruit. Bake the streusel cake in a 180 °C preheated oven for about 25 min.
Take your streusel cake out of the oven and allow to cool. When cool cut the cake in 8 big or 12 normal sized parts. In Germany we serve streusel cake with whipped cream but you can also go for vanilla custard.
Guten Appetit – enjoy!