Apple Sour Cream Kuchen is a delightful blend of flavors.
If you’re a fan of fruity desserts that perfectly balance sweetness and tanginess, then Apple Sour Cream Kuchen is a treat you must try. This delightful German-inspired pastry combines the goodness of fresh apples, creamy sour cream, and a tender cake base, resulting in a mouthwatering dessert that will leave you craving for more.
About Apple Kutchen
The word “kuchen” translates to “cake” in German, but Apple Sour Cream Kuchen is so much more than your typical cake. It has a unique texture and flavor profile that sets it apart from other desserts. The sour cream plays a crucial role in adding moisture and richness to the cake, while the apples provide a burst of natural sweetness and a hint of tartness.
Learn more about Kuchen here.
Making Apple Sour Cream Kutchen (German Apple Cake)
To make Apple Sour Cream Kuchen, you start with a simple batter consisting of flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and baking powder. This mixture forms the cake base, which acts as a soft and pillowy canvas for the star ingredient—the apples. Tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Braeburn, work exceptionally well in this recipe as they hold their shape during baking and provide a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the cake.
Once you have prepared the batter, it’s time to assemble the kuchen. The batter is spread evenly in a baking pan, and then the apple slices are arranged on top, creating a beautiful pattern. As the kuchen bakes, the apples soften and release their juices, infusing the cake with their natural flavors. The result is a moist, tender cake studded with tender apple slices that practically melt in your mouth.
But what truly elevates Apple Sour Cream Kuchen is the streusel topping. A buttery crumb mixture of flour, sugar, and cinnamon is sprinkled generously over the apples, adding a delightful crunch and an irresistible aroma. The streusel adds a textural contrast to the soft cake and complements the flavors of the apples and sour cream perfectly.
When the kuchen emerges from the oven, your kitchen will be filled with the warm, comforting scent of baked apples and cinnamon. Allow it to cool slightly before slicing into generous servings. Each bite offers a symphony of flavors—a creamy and tangy note from the sour cream, a burst of sweetness from the apples, and a satisfying crunch from the streusel.
Serving Apple Kutchen
Apple Sour Cream Kuchen is a versatile dessert that can be enjoyed on various occasions. Serve it warm as a comforting treat during chilly autumn evenings, or enjoy it chilled during the summer months for a refreshing and fruity dessert. It pairs wonderfully with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, adding an extra touch of indulgence to an already heavenly dessert.
Try serving your kuchen as a dessert after these German dishes:
Semmelknodel: delightful German dumplings
Shaufele: German Pork Shoulder.
Also check out this other lovely German dessert: Donauwelle (German Danube Wave Cake).
Whether you’re an avid baker or simply appreciate the joy of homemade treats, Apple Sour Cream Kuchen deserves a spot in your recipe collection. Its harmonious blend of flavors and textures will delight your taste buds and leave you longing for another slice. So, grab some fresh apples, gather your baking essentials, and embark on a culinary adventure that celebrates the perfect union of sweet and tangy—the Apple Sour Cream Kuchen.
Below is the Apple Kuchen cake recipe.
- 1 package yellow cake mix
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sour cream
- 5 large apples, peeled and finely sliced
- ½ cup sugar
- 8 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Position a rack at the middle of the oven and warm it up to 350 degrees F.
- Lightly oil a 9’’x13’’ cake pan and set aside.
- Empty the package of cake mix into a large mixing bowl, along with a cup of sour cream and half of the melted butter.
- Crack the egg into it and beat them together, using a stand mixer, at low speed for a minute or until they gather together to form a thick dough.
- Transfer the dough to the greased pan and spread it across the base, pressing it gently to even out the surface.
- Bake it for about 10 minutes while processing the apples.
- Place the apples in a large bowl and add a splash of lime juice to it; toss well and set aside.
- Stir in cinnamon into the sugar and set aside.
- Take the cake out of the oven and arrange the slices of apple in overlapping rows on its surface.
- Dust the apple slices with the spiced-up sugar to cover every inch of it and add a lashing of rest of the melted butter all over the apples.
- Return it to the hot oven and bake further for half an hour or until it turns golden brown and the skewer, inserted into the middle of the cake comes out spotless.
- Take it out of the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about 20 minutes or until it cools to room temperature.
- Slice and serve right away.
- This kuchen can be stored in the fridge, covered, for as long as a week.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 3gSugar: 38gProtein: 3g
Last Updated on June 27, 2023 by Carleen