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Recipe: Octoberfest Apfel Kuchen (Apple Cake)

This German style apple cake with caramelized sugars pairs wonderfully with the lightly toasted malt flavor from our Octoberfest.



  • 2-3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and grated
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • .5 tsp. salt
  • 1.25 sticks (10 Tbsp. total) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 splash of Bell’s Octoberfest
  • .5 tsp. cinnamon
  • .25 tsp. nutmeg

In the kitchen

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Sift 1.25 cups flour and mix with baking powder, .25 cup of sugar and salt.
  • Cut 1 stick (8 Tbsp.) of cold butter into small cubes. Using a food processor, cut the butter into the flour/sugar mixture until fine.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, Octoberfest and grated apple. Stir into the butter/flour mix until a dough forms.
  • Press dough into greased baking dish until it extends to every edge evenly.
  • Layer the top of the dough with the peeled and sliced apples.
  • Take the remaining 2 Tbsp. of butter and cut into small pieces. Dot over the top of the apples.
  • Mix together the remaining flour and sugar with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread the mixture evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until golden brown.

Enjoy with whipped cream and a glass of Bell’s Octoberfest!

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