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German Crumb Cake Recipe, Streuselkuchen

Updated on June 19, 2013

Streuselkuchen is German for crumb cake. It's a delightful yeast dough covered with a sweet crumb topping called Streusel. The Streusel is made simply with flour, butter and sugar. For a special treat you can replace some or all of the flour with left-over cake crumbs. It's always great to store any leftover/stale bread or cake in the freezer for use in recipes, like this one! This cake takes a bit of patience since there are a lot of "resting" times. It's a great cake to make while doing house chores or writing hubs! ^_^

5 stars from 4 ratings of Streuselkuchen (Crumb Cake)

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: Two 8-9 inch cakes

Streusel (topping) Ingredients

  • 1 cup cake crumbs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter

If you don't have cake crumbs use all purpose flour



Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 Tbsp cold butter
  • 1 tsp lemon or orange zest, finely grated
  • all purpose flour

The cooking definition of Scald: To heat a liquid, usually milk, to just below the boiling point.

You'll know when this is by the presence of tiny bubbles that begin to form on edges of the milk.

The Cake Dough

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Butter is crumbled into flour.Yeast mixture is frothy and ready to use!Mixed just until all the flour is incorporated. Fully kneaded by hand for 6 minutes.Sprinkled with flour, tightly wrapped and ready to rest for an hour.
Butter is crumbled into flour.
Butter is crumbled into flour.
Yeast mixture is frothy and ready to use!
Yeast mixture is frothy and ready to use!
Mixed just until all the flour is incorporated.
Mixed just until all the flour is incorporated.
Fully kneaded by hand for 6 minutes.
Fully kneaded by hand for 6 minutes.
Sprinkled with flour, tightly wrapped and ready to rest for an hour.
Sprinkled with flour, tightly wrapped and ready to rest for an hour.

Streusel Topping

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Cake crumbs and flour mixtureSugar and cold butter addedButter fully crumbled and ready to use.
Cake crumbs and flour mixture
Cake crumbs and flour mixture
Sugar and cold butter added
Sugar and cold butter added
Butter fully crumbled and ready to use.
Butter fully crumbled and ready to use.

Putting it all Together!

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Dough had doubled in size!Divided and ready to rest... again!Rolled and ready for a pan.Pressed into buttered pans.Streusel topping has been added and pressed into dough... rest 20 minutes and then ready to bake!
Dough had doubled in size!
Dough had doubled in size!
Divided and ready to rest... again!
Divided and ready to rest... again!
Rolled and ready for a pan.
Rolled and ready for a pan.
Pressed into buttered pans.
Pressed into buttered pans.
Streusel topping has been added and pressed into dough... rest 20 minutes and then ready to bake!
Streusel topping has been added and pressed into dough... rest 20 minutes and then ready to bake!

Instructions

  1. Take your 2 eggs out of the refrigerator and set them out on the counter. This will ensure they are at room temperature by the time you need them.
  2. Scald the milk in a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Do not add the yeast until it had cooled the 10 minutes!
  3. Sprinkle milk with yeast and a teaspoon of the granulated sugar. Let rest another 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the flour with remaining granulated sugar in a large bowl.
  5. Cut butter into at least four pieces and add the the flour along with the lemon or orange zest. Use a pastry blender, scissors or crisscross two butter knives to crumble the butter into the flour. Do this until there are no butter chunks larger than a peanut.
  6. Once the yeast mixture has rested 10 minutes it should be very frothy. Add the yeast mixture and eggs to the flour mix. Using a sturdy wooden spoon combine all ingredients until all the flour is incorporated.
  7. Using the wooden spoon or your hands to vigorously knead the dough for about 6 minutes. It will still be sticky but when you pull your hand or spoon away most of the dough should stick to itself and not your hand/spoon.
  8. Sprinkle dough with 1 tablespoon flour and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let sit for 1 hour while it doubles in size.
  9. While you wait make the Streusel. In a medium mixing bowl combine the cake crumbs, flour and sugar.
  10. Cut the cold butter into pieces, tablespoon size is fine. Add to the flour mixture and use a pastry cutter, scissors or crisscross two knives to crumble the butter into the flour mixture. Do this until the crumbs are no bigger than pea size. To make this step faster you can pulse mixture in a food processor. Store streusel in the fridge until ready to use.
  11. Once the dough has doubled in size turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Turn to lightly flour all sides. Divide dough in half and form into two balls. Cover lightly with a clean kitchen towel and let rest 10 minutes.
  12. Butter two 8-9 inch round or square pans (or one of each) with room temperature butter.
  13. Roll each ball dough until roughly the size of the bottom of your pans. press dough into the pans.
  14. Distribute the streusel evenly between the two pans. Spread it out and press into the dough. Cover the pans with the kitchen towel and let rest 20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350'F at this time.
  15. Once it has rested 20 minutes bake your cakes in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  16. Serve warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar if desired.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Oh how good this looks, and not difficult! Thanks for sharing your streuselkuchen recipe.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Kim! This looks soooooo good and something I'd serve as a desert. You truly have a knack for these recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      RTalloni, Thank you so much ^_^ yes not difficult at all, just a long time with all the resting.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Michelle ^_^ You are so kind! I appreciate your support ^_^

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I was so excited to see you'd published a new Hub. This cake looks divine and I love the fact that it's scented with oranges. We're getting ready to move, but as soon as we get settled again I want this to be one of my first cakes I make in my new kitchen. Thanks!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Making me hungry early in the morning. Great recipe and I love the crumbs...Will vote up and also pin for others to enjoy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Looks delicious Sasha and thanks for sharing. Have voted way up and shared all over, too!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This looks delicious and not too heavy. Anything with oranges is good in my book. Thanks. Up, shared and pinned.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This sounds delicious! This would be great to make on a cold day when you have to stay inside. I can just imagine the wonderful smell that will fill my kitchen! Voting this up and more! :)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love Streuselkuchen. It´s been a long time since I have made and eaten this comfort cake. Thanks for reminding me, mamakim. Voted up and pinned.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hooray! Sasha is back! I love German Crumb Cake; I'm willing to bet yours is the best I would ever taste!

      Glad you are back my friend; have a great weekend.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks for this good looking and appetizing cake! I can almost smell it! A recipe to keep! Thanks!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this looks so delicious.. absolutely wonderful

      I am bookmarking this I do want to make it

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This cake sounds delicious Sasha, just like all your other recipes! I love the photos, especially the first one, which is beautiful. Thanks for the instructions for making this crumb cake. The recipe is definitely one to save.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this recipe for one of my favorite desserts.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Vespa ^_^ yes... it's been a while. Sure felt good to write again! Oh I bet you'll make this beautifully!! Hope your move goes well ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Carol, appreciate all the support ^_^ this makes a great "coffee" cake!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Aw thanks Janine! So happy you stopped by and love all the support ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thanks Glimmer! I just love adding a hint of citrus to desserts, gives them that little something special ^_^ I appreciate all the support!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh my you are so right Sgbrown! My house smelled amazing for hours! Thank you so much for the votes and I hope you enjoy!!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thelma ^_^ Thank you! I actually thought of you, in Germany, and wondered if you'd like my Streuselkuchen recipe ^_^ Thank you so much for the vote and pin... I hope you get yourself some crumb cake soon!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Ha! Thank you Bill! ^_^ I would love to see you try to make it ^_^ You have a great weekend too!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Kidscrafts!! it really does smell amazing even with the simple ingredients. You could add some cinnamon to the struesel and it would make it even better ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      I'm so glad Debbie!! I do hope you enjoy!! ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Alicia ^_^ thank you so much! You are so kind, I hope you enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Absolutely Mhatter ^_^ I hope you enjoy making a homemade version... it wont disappoint ^_^

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub with an amazing photo, detailed instructions and handy step-by-step photos! You made a good comeback with this tasty recipe. Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & pinned

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Ishwaryaa!! You are so very supportive ^_^

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing another mouth watering recipe. I can't wait to try this one!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Europewalker! I do hope you enjoy! ^_^

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful post! I only wish I could actually eat a slice of the yummy cake. Thanks for sharing this recipe idea.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is wonderful, Kim! My mother used to make crumb cake, and with this piece, I remember it well. Thanks for the memories AND the recipe!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Teaches ^_^ I hope you can make it an enjoy a slice sometime soon.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Your comment makes me happy Aviannovice ^_^ I'm so happy you enjoyed my hub! Thank you

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      They look so good. I do hope I can make this one and I would be very happy if it will look like that in the picture.

      Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      Have a good day! :-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Ignugent, I'm so sure you can make a cake just as pretty if not prettier ^_^ Thank you so much for your support!

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