Apple Kuchen is an apple filled cake similar to a coffee cake that is best served at room temperature or warmed in the microwave. Pair a warm slice with a hot cup of tea and I'm a happy camper! This recipe has similar flavors as the Dairy-Free Apple Crisp.
The cake is not overly sweet, but it will satisfy a sweet tooth craving. Because it isn't overly sweet, it makes a filling breakfast treat. The apples coated with cinnamon make this recipe a tasty fall dish and a great addition to your Halloween or Thanksgiving festivities. Even though apples and cinnamon are popular fall flavors, Apple Kuchen is good served all year long.
To make this dessert, first, thinly sliced apples and coat them with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Next, make your cake batter and pour all but 1 1/2 cups of it in a baking pan. Then, place the cinnamon-sugar coated apples on top of the cake batter. Spread the rest of the cake batter on top of the apples then bake. During baking, the cake batter rises and bakes around the apples.
I like to use Granny Smith apples because they are a tart and crisp apple that remains firm when baking. Blending Granny Smith apples with a sweeter apple makes good applesauce that doesn't need any added sugar.
The Apple Kuchen recipe was in my Mom's recipe file. It was sent to Mom by my Dad's cousin, Louise. Louise sent the recipe as part of a short letter. Her letter told Mom that this dessert was a Polish dish and that her son, Pete, liked it served with ice cream.
I've seen Apple Kuchen recipes that state the recipe is a German dish and a few that state it is a Polish dish. The other recipes that I found are similar to, but not identical to, Louise's recipe.
According to Google Translate "kuchen" is a German word for "cake". Google Translate did not find a Polish translation for "kuchen". German is spoken in Poland, so maybe this dessert originated in Germany and traveled to Poland before it was given to Louise. I'm just speculating. 😉
I hope you enjoy this Apple Kuchen!
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 jumbo eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 8 cups apples. peeled and sliced thin I like to use Granny Smith apples.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Mix apples, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Cream shortening and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs then mix well.
- Next, add the vanilla then mix well.
- Add the salt and flour then mix well.
- Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of dough.
- Spread the remaining dough in the prepared baking pan.
- Spread the dough up the sides of the pan about 1 1/2 - 2 inches.
- Put the apple mixture in the center of the baking pan and gently spread the apples to about 1/2 - 1 inch away from the edge. You want to have cake batter around the apples.
- Put the remaining dough on top and spread to the sides so that the apples are sealed inside. You may still see some apples on top, but they should be coated with batter.
- Bake for 60-70 minutes or until the golden brown.
- Let cool before serving.
Last updated on August 15th, 2019