Quick and Easy Sour Cream Apple Kuchen

by Julie Ruble on October 6, 2013 · 16 comments

Quick and Easy Sour Cream Apple Kuchen
Quick and Easy Sour Cream Apple Kuchen

Quick and Easy Sour Cream Apple Kuchen

Recipe by: Willow Bird Baking
Yield: 6 servings

This quick and easy recipe was a dessert staple in my house growing up. The sour cream and apple combination is perfect, particularly with the toasted pecans on top.

1/2 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup sour cream
1 egg
2 (15-ounce) cans (or 2 cups fresh, peeled) sliced apples
toasted pecans*

*Note: To toast pecans, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 6 minutes or until fragrant, tossing several times.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter cubes into the cake mix until crumbly. Press this mixture into the prepared pan, building it up slightly on the edges. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. In the meantime, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a small bowl. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and egg until smooth.

When the crust is done, arrange the apples on it (I used canned). Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the apples. Drizzle the sour cream mixture over the apples (it won’t completely cover them). Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Don’t overbake. Sprinkle on toasted pecans and serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Nancy Soucek October 6, 2013 at 2:28 am

Warning, I am getting out my “soap box.” We have an almost 17-year-old Siamese with chronic kidney disease. While she can’t have her teeth cleaned because of the anaesthesia issue, I do brush her remaining teeth. If he is able to go through the surgery, it may be best to get rid of the bad teeth, rather than let the infection spread. We also monitor her diet and make sure she gets high-quality all-natural food – canned, grain free every day. It’s important for her to get enough moisture in her diet and canned food works! We have also learned over the years to feed our big dogs – Danes, collies, Greta Pyrennes – good food. A good diet does add to their health and longevity. Just like with us — garbage in, garbage out! Read ingredient labels, like you do for your family. As small as he is, he wouldn’t need much good food a day – the better the food, usually the less you need to feed. Byrd is young for a small dog, only 7 – he has many good years left! You may get some push back from your vet about a new diet; I do, but I hold my ground, because it has added time to all our pets lives, which our vet acknowledges, and for that we are grateful. Don’t start being sad yet – you and Byrd have many grat days ahead of you!!! I love your recipes and blog. Pets are amazingly resilient. Best of luck from our pack!


Julie Ruble October 6, 2013 at 2:36 am

Thanks — Byrd’s health is carefully managed.


Nancy Soucek October 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I am so sorry if my remarks sounded like I was criticizing what you and your vet were doing. I did not mean that at all! I just know how hard it is to have a pet age before your eyes. We have worked with our vets, butted heads afew times about food, etc. but in the end we worked as a team to give our pets a very good life!

I wish you all the best with Byrd.
Again so sorry if I was out of place.


Kathy October 6, 2013 at 2:29 am

I’m wondering what kind of apples you used in the recipe that is pictured…canned or fresh?


Julie Ruble October 6, 2013 at 2:33 am

I used canned in the photo!


Kathy October 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Thanks for the info. This is on my grocery list now for next weekend’s baking! Looks so good.


Cheryl October 6, 2013 at 2:40 am

I love what you are doing for Byrd! I have had animals all my life and therefore had to let a lot of them go…it’s hard and there have been regrets, so now I try to do as much as I can to make my pets happy while they can still enjoy it. I wanted to write to tell you absolutely you should be able to find a vet that will come to your home – I’ve had it done several times. Good luck with your little Byrd! She looks like a sweetie!


Julie Ruble October 6, 2013 at 2:41 am

Thanks, Cheryl! I hope that day is FAR FAR away, but when it comes, I don’t want to have to scramble and do it in a way I’d regret.


Sandra October 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I wish I had thought of those things. Zeke was our 135 lb furry rottweiler son and I miss him everyday.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I love that you made a puppy bucket list! This is so fun!


Anna @ Bashful Bao October 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

What a wonderful thing to do for your pup! They brighten our lives so much and deserve that extra lovin’! The kuchen looks fabulous too!


JC Carter October 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

You should have put a warning label on this post. It made me want to cry, thinking about my little monster and hes only 8 months old. Maybe i’m just a softy.


Coco in the Kitchen October 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I love that this is a family recipe you’re sharing.
It looks crazy delicious. I’d eat the whole thing fresh out of the oven….
ok, maybe I’d share with my family. ;)

PS – I made a Fall wreath to give away for a good cause (the Musc Dystrophy Assoc). Please enter to win it, if you can – details on my blog.
Thanks! xo


Jenni October 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Oh my gosh, the same thoughts go through my mind all the time! Our dog Peanut was our first baby, and he is so special to us, when the time comes it will be terrible. But I know that we give him the best life we can everyday. And delicious looking kuchen! I have always wanted to make one, because I sure do love eating them! :)


Stuffedcritter October 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

NO your not alone thinking and worrying about losing a companion. I see the aging signs in my Boys also I start to get weepie about the day their faces won’t be in the window to greet me. They are also on healthy diet which includes apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.


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