A slice of German Crumb Cake (German: Streuselkuchen) is the perfect afternoon snack. Similar to a Cherry Crumble, this German recipe is foolproof.
The cake has a light, airy texture with just enough sweetness and crunch from the jam, crumble, and almonds!
It's an easy recipe ready to go into the oven in less than 20 minutes. Serve it with whipped cream (try mint whipped cream for a delicious twist), a side of vanilla ice cream - or both!
Streuselkuchen is the world's easiest layer cake. The bottom is a light sponge cake, topped with your favorite preserve (or marmalade!) and finished with a sweet crumb and almond topping.
Perfect as a quick breakfast snack or an afternoon treat with coffee or hot chocolate. Need to feed a crowd? No problem. Simply double the recipe.
Why This Streuselkuchen Recipe Works
Ease and Simplicity - With basic pantry ingredients and an easy-to-follow process, even beginner bakers can whip up this beauty.
Versatility - You can use any jam or preserve that tickles your fancy, making this coffee cake adaptable to different seasons and tastes.
Texture - This cake offers a soft, tender crumb from the cake layer, a gooey sweetness from the jam, and a crunch from the almond-studded crumb topping.
One of the reasons to love this recipe is that chances are you have all of the ingredients in your fridge and pantry!
Apricot preserve works beautifully with this recipe. But you can also experiment with strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, sour cherry, or any other preservative you have on hand. The possibilities are limitless.
BUTTER - Softened butter provides the creamy base for your cake batter. As always, I recommend using unsalted butter.
SUGAR - The granulated sugar not only sweetens the cake but also helps in creaming the butter to get that soft texture.
EGGS - These help to bind everything together and add a nice lift.
VANILLA EXTRACT - A dash of vanilla brings in that classic aroma and subtle flavor.
FLOUR - We'll need flour for the batter and the crumb topping. Regular all-purpose flour works really well.
BAKING POWDER - A small amount is used for leavening, helping the cake rise.
JAM OR PRESERVE - Choose your favorite flavor to spread over the cake batter. I used apricot jam, but it's your cake and your rules!
How To Make A German Crumb Cake (Streuselkuchen)
This recipe breaks down into two major steps: making the batter and the streusel topping.
- Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
- Mix in the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.
- Ladle the batter onto the baking sheet. Spread the batter evenly.
- Top the batter with the jam or preserve of your choice.
- Combine flour, sugar, and melted butter to make the crumb topping.
- Layer the sweet crumb topping over the preserve spread.
- Bake the Streuselkuchen for 25 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit. Remove the cake from the oven and insert a toothpick to make sure the cake has been fully baked.
STORE - Keep your Streuselkuchen fresh and delicious by placing the slices in an airtight container! Store the container in a cool, dark spot for the best flavor. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days at room temperature.
Bonus Step: To keep the cake slices fresh and moist, wrap them in plastic wrap and then store the wrapped pieces in an airtight container. Wrapping them in plastic wrap will prevent moisture from escaping.
You might be wondering if you should store this cake in the fridge. I don't recommend it for this type of cake because the cake becomes a bit soggy and stale.
FREEZE - Streuselkuchen freezes beautifully. You can freeze individual slices wrapped in plastic and then place them in a ziplock bag. They'll keep for up to 3 months.
REHEAT - To enjoy it warm, simply reheat a slice in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds.
Keep your Streuselkuchen fresh and delicious by placing the slices in an airtight container! Store the container in a cool, dark spot for the best flavor.
Of course, make sure that the cake has cooled completely before storing it.
RECOMMENDATION: Best Airtight Containers
More Easy And Delicious German Dessert Recipes
Käsekuchen - German Cheesecake
Classic Sandkuchen - German bundt cake.
Cinnamon Twists - an easy sweet treat
Glazed Lemon Sponge Cake - sweet and tangy German lemon sheet cake
Butterkuchen - German butter cake
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German Crumb Cake (Streuselkuchen)
- Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Cover a 15x10 inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
Making The Batter
- Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla extract and continue to beat on medium speed until the batter is smooth and creamy.
- Add flour, baking powder, and salt and beat until all of the ingredients have been well combined. The batter should be thick and creamy.
- Pour the batter onto the baking sheet and spread it evenly.
- Spread your favorite preserve on top of the batter.
Making The Streusel Topping
- Combine flour, sugar, and melted butter. Use your hand mixer and combine until the dough turns into crumbs. Layer the sweet crumb topping over the preserve spread and top with sliced almonds.
- Bake for 25 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit. Use a toothpick to check the doneness.