Apple Kuchen

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When I was in high school, sometimes my dad and I would leave really early in the morning and go to the Flour Garden Bakery to get pastries and a cup of coffee (orange juice for me) before he dropped me off at school.  I almost always got a bagel, but sometimes I would get adventurous and order a cheese danish.  HOLY COW, people!  Cheese danishes are where it’s AT.  I could eat those all day long, with a side of danish. I didn’t really know what made up the ‘cheese’ part of the danish.  It was sweet and dairy-like, but didn’t taste like any cheese I had ever had.  Obviously, not being able to identify foodstuff never held me back from trying it…and loving it…and dreaming about it.

When making this Apple Kuchen, (‘kuchen’ is the German word for cake) I didn’t stop to question the ingredients I purchased to make it until I got to the part when I put it all together.  The topping of this cake is a mix of sour cream and egg yolks.  (I’ll stop for a moment why you desperately try to figure out what that combination must taste like).  I was surprised to find that when I took a bite of the finished product, it tasted exactly like the ‘cheese’ in a cheese danish.  If I hadn’t had company over at the time, I might of eaten the entire dish in one sitting, but I had to uphold a semblance of propriety and politely sent home my friend with some kuchen and kept the other half in the fridge. I’m trying not to think about it sitting in there right now while I am writing this.  Kuchen. It’s what’s for dinner.

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Turn on your oven.  Set to 350 degrees.

Pour your yellow cake mix into a bowl and cut 1/2 cup of butter into it until it is well incorporated and crumbly.

Mix in 1/2 cup of flaked or shredded coconut.

Image 7Dump into a 13x9x2 inch dish and pat down lightly, building up slightly at the edges. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Remove crust from oven and arrange peel and sliced apples across the warm cake mix.

Image 6bon appetite told me about three of the best apples for  baking. I took their advice and used the Honeycrisp apple.  Ok, Ok.  Honeycrisp was on sale and it just happened to be on the list.  PS: It was delicious.

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Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle all over the top of the apples.

And now is the weird drizzly part.  Mix the sour cream and egg yolks together and drizzle over the top.  Mine didn’t ‘drizzle’ by the way.  It was Image 4more of a sloppy dollop of dairy goodness. So, I just kept on applying and it ended up looking really amazingly yummy.

Place in the oven for 25 minutes or until it is golden around the edges.

Once you take it out of the oven, wait 5 minutes (if you can) and then serve warm.  Just try to not eat it all in one sitting with a GIANT cup of coffee.  I DARE YOU.

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Apple Kuchen

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  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Dessert


  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 c. flaked coconut
  • 2 1/2 c. sliced pared baking apples
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 egg yolks or 1 egg


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut butter into dry cake mix until crumbly.
  3. Mix in coconut.
  4. Pat mixture lightly into ungreased oblong pan, 13x9x2 inches, building up slight edges. Bake 10 minutes.
  5. Arrange apple slices on warm crust.
  6. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle on apples.
  7. Blend sour cream and egg yolks; drizzle over apples. (Topping will not completely cover apples.)
  8. Bake 25 minutes or until edges are light brown. (Do not over bake.)
  9. Serve warm.

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Comments: 2

  1. Joy Tilton October 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I found this old recipe on Pinterest! Thank you so much for posting the clipped recipe, I made it a million times when our girls were growing up! Can’t wait to pour through all your Mom’s recipes, like stepping back in time. I married in 1970, I bet your Mom and I are the same age. Come visit me on Granny Mountain, I love to cook and share a lot of family recipes. Granny Mountain recipe group on Facebook… Joy Colleen Tilton on Pinterest!

    • Holly October 21, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Joy, I couldn”t be more thrilled that you found a long forgotten recipe!!! These recipes are from my mom’s recipe box and two of the published cookbooks that came from the church my mom and grandparents attended. My mom would have been 68 this year and married my dad in December of 1970. You are right on target. I LOVE that you are going to go through the recipes! Please let me know how you like them, remember them, and improve them. Adding your Pinterest pages right…….NOW!