This German-style, not-too-sweet, yeast-raised cake begs for a cup of coffee. For an extra tang, you can serve it with a dollop of lightly sweetened sour cream.

Source: Midwest Living


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

30 mins
3 hrs 10 mins




Instructions Checklist
  • For dough: In a large bowl, whisk together yeast and milk. Let stand 2 minutes. Stir in melted butter, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, the egg, lemon zest and vanilla. Add 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix with a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough forms. Beat with a mixer on medium until dough is shiny (it will be very soft and still cling to the bowl), about 4 minutes, stopping and scraping sides of bowl once.

  • Coat a medium bowl with cooking spray. Transfer dough into greased bowl, turning to coat dough. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

  • Coat a 9-inch round light-color cake pan with cooking spray. Using floured fingertips, pat dough evenly into pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise until puffy, about 1 hour.

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 350°.

  • For topping: In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, the egg yolk, 2 teaspoons flour, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom and the vanilla until smooth. Arrange apple slices over the risen dough. Pour sour cream mixture over top.

  • For streusel: In a small bowl, stir together 3/4 cup flour, the brown sugar, softened butter, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Rub with your fingertips until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over top.

  • Bake until puffed and edges are golden, about 40 minutes. The center will appear loose, but it will set upon cooling. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. If desired, dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Nutrition Facts

319 calories; fat 14g; cholesterol 81mg; saturated fat 8g; carbohydrates 43g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 1g; trans fatty acid 1g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 18g; protein 5g; vitamin a 452IU; vitamin c 0.5mg; thiamin 0.3mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 2.1mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 76.4mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 128mg; potassium 118mg; calcium 49mg; iron 1.7mg.