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German Apple Crumb Cake (Family Recipe)

February 18, 2016
Oh oh, now my last post is already super long ago even though it doesn’t even feel like it. As you might have read in my last blog post, I just launched a small business, selling reusable produce bags, and to my surprise it kicked off super well! *happydance* Which also means that I’m pretty busy at the moment and since this is all so new to me, I still have to get used to juggle different things at once. But once I get into a better routine (and once my online shop is finally online!) I hope to be able to blog much more.

Last month I had the chance to sell my bags at a market in Hamburg called Marktzeit and I was amazed at how many people are open to reduce plastic in their lives.


market greenderella


The bags got so much great feedback, which made me even more motivated. Our plastic pollution is definitely a topic that people get more and more aware about. It’s great to see that!

Besides that, I actually wanted to share a recipe with you today. And since I don’t know an elegant way to change the topic to apple cake, I’m just gonna quickly distract you with a picture (because cake doesn’t need much more than itself to attract attention)…


vegan apple pie


I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for a while, because it’s actually one of my favorite go-to recipes for cake. And before the winter (apple season) comes to an end, I thought you might like to try it too! I first had this cake as a child, when my aunt made it and have loved it ever since. It’s fruity, not too moist and has a delicious crumbly top. It’s also simple to make, so I often quickly whisk it up when friends come over for a tea.

A while back I veganized the recipe, which originally calls for eggs, but you wouldn’t even notice the difference in taste and consistency. It’s just as delicious as my aunt makes it. Oh and the smell when it comes right out of the oven….


vegan apple pie


As an egg replacer I am using the magical Aquafaba. If you haven’t heard of it yet, Aquafaba is the liquid of canned chickpeas and beans. It works so wonderfully! 3 tbsp of this liquid will replace 1 egg, super simple and it works with almost everything (even macarons!).


vegan apple cake


German Apple Crumb Cake
  • 100g plant-based butter/margarine
  • 100g sugar (I use brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (seeds or extract) 
  • 6 tbsp Aquafaba (the liquid from canned/bottled chickpeas) 
  • pinch of salt
  • 150g all-purpose flour
  • 50g cornstarch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • about 4-5 tablespoons plant-based milk 
  • 3 big apples, about 500g  (sour varieties like Boskoob are great for baking)
  • a bit of powdered sugar  for the topping

For the crumbles:

  • 100 all-purpose flour
  • 75g sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 75g plant-based butter/margarine


In a medium sized bowl mix together the dough ingredients with a hand mixer. The dough will be creamy and a little stiff.

Pour batter into a greased, round baking pan (26 cm diameter). Smooth out until it’s evenly spread.  Peel the apples, cut into quarters, remove seeds, cut into slices and place them on top of the dough.

For the Crumble, mix flour, sugar, vanilla and flaky margarine with a fork or, how I prefer it, with your hands, until crumbs are formed. Sprinkel them on top of the cake and bake at 345 °F/175 °C for about 50-60 minutes. Let the cake cool down and finally sprinkle with some powdered sugar.




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German Apple Cake (old family recipe)
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  • Reply
    February 19, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Apple desserts are the best thing ever, so it\’s great to have a new recipe to try … thanks!

    • Reply
      February 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      You\’re very welcome. I hope you like it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Diana Sullivan
    February 19, 2016 at 11:41 am

    If I use egg – is it 2 eggs in place of the Aquafaba?
    We have German heritage also – it looks like something I remember my grandmother making!


    • Reply
      February 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      This is definitely an old German classic, I hope it will bring back childhood memories 😉 Yes you are right, it would be two eggs.

  • Reply
    February 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Das sieht so wahnsinnig lecker aus liebe Franzi!! 🙂 Ich bin meistens zu faul zum Backen, aber irgendwo habe ich auch noch ein superleckeres, easy Apfelkuchenrezept. Einer der Kuchen, die absolut gut zu \”veganisieren\” sind find ich 🙂
    Und herzlichen Glückwunsch nochmal zum Launch von deinem eigenen Business- Hut ab, dass du das durchziehst; ich wünsch dir allen Erfolg der Welt damit!
    Fühl dich gedrückt,

    • Reply
      February 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Oh, so liebe Worte lassen mein Herz gleich hüpfen. Vielen lieben Dank Corinna! Und ja… Apfelkuchen sind wirklich fantastisch zum veganisieren. Ich war auch echt froh, dass es mit diesem (eines meiner Lieblingsrezpten) so gut geklappt hat. Liebe Grüße!

  • Reply
    Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
    February 23, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Looks like I\’m going to be adding apples to my grocery shopping list! Apart from the apples, I have all the ingredients! I can\’t wait to make this – it looks delicious! So happy things are taking off with your business 😀

    • Reply
      February 24, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Oh yay, enjoy!! And thank you for being happy for me! It means a lot! :-*

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        Eva @ Four Leaf Clover
        March 7, 2016 at 12:13 am

        I just made this today for Drew and I and we both love it! It\’s so good, thank you! I even accidentally added in too much aquafaba and it still turned out delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

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          March 7, 2016 at 8:36 am

          That makes me so happy to hear!! I\’m so glad that you liked it! And good to know that an over-dose of aquafaba doesn\’t matter. Thanks for sharing Eva 🙂 Hugs!

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