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German Sunken Apple Cake Recipe


My son came home from school one day with the most delicious sunken apple cake I‘ve ever tasted! This is the recipe.

A perfect slice.

A perfect slice.

Sunken Apple Cake

My son came home from school one day with the most delicious sunken apple cake I‘ve ever tasted!

His German teacher also teaches cooking, and she is very keen to teach the children German recipes giving them instructions in German. This concerned me a bit because my son doesn't know much German yet, and so I naturally assumed the food would not be good enough merit an article. But I was wrong!

This is a very popular cake in Germany called Versunkener Apfelkuchen, so this was a real treat.

We soon ate the cake he cooked with a nice cup of tea. So I decided to make one at home using the same German sunken apple cake recipe, and the result was delicious.

I never make the classic Victoria sponge because it's too much of a hassle. I use the all-in-one method, which is just as good, in fact, it is very light and melts in the mouth, but because it's not made with butter it doesn't taste quite as rich. It should work for you even if this is the first time you have ever making a sponge cake.

If you want to use the classic method you should beat the egg and sugar together until the mixture goes fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time until it goes creamy and pale in colour. Then sift the flour and fold it in until it is all incorporated.

This cake is absolutely delicious with apples, but you can make it with pears, or even pineapple rings or chocolate and canned pear halves, just substitute (25 g) 1 oz of cocoa powder for (25 g) 1 oz of flour. I love the apple one, so I've yet to try the other recipes.

I serve this cake with fresh cream and tea. I hope you enjoy it.


I use Bramble apples, but if you haven't got any Granny Smiths will work just as well.

Tip for Storing Apples

It's autumn at the moment, so I pick apples and store them in my shed. If you decide to stock up with apples to make your apple cake recipe all winter long, then here's the best way to store them. Make sure you take away any that are bruised or damaged. Then wrap each apple in a newspaper and put them in a box. The reason you wrap them up is to stop them from touching each other. It's true about the one rotten apple in the barrel! Store them in a cool place, and they will last for months.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

1 hour


Necessary Tools

  • One 7 inch (18 cm) deep round cake tin
  • Electric hand mixer (not strictly necessary, but it makes life a lot easier!)


For the all-in-one sponge::

  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 oz (110 g) self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 4 oz (110 g) soft margarine
  • 4 oz (110 g) caster sugar


  • 4 medium Bramley or Granny Smith apples


  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 3 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).
  2. Sift the baking powder and flour into a large bowl from height so that plenty of air gets into it.
  3. Add all the other ingredients into the same bowl. (I told you this was easy!)
  4. If you have an electric hand whisk, then here’s your chance to use it.
  5. Blend until it is completely smooth. It should drop off the spoon when you knock it on the side of the bowl.
  6. Add 1 or 2 drops of warm water if it doesn’t drop and whisk it a bit more.
  7. Peel 4 medium apples, cut them in half and remove the core.
  8. Score them with a sharp knife about halfway down—so that you have lines running across the back of each apple (see picture). If you prepare these first, then put them in water with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, this will stop them from going brown.
  9. Grease and flour your non-stick the cake tin.
  10. Pour in the cake mixture.
  11. Place your apples round on top of the mixture (see picture).
  12. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the apples are cooked and the sponge has risen around them.
  13. Serve this cake warm. Enjoy!

Do you bake your own cakes? Please leave a comment. Thanks very much for visiting.

© 2013 Giovanna


Giovanna (author) from UK on March 13, 2016:

sorry the reply is so late -I forgot all about checking my comments!! An 'all in one' sponge is when you put all the ingredients together and mix them. Make sure the butter is really soft, then mix it all with an electric whisk. It's so easy and works! Let me know how you get on.

geri on November 21, 2015:

What does that mean: All in one sponge

Giovanna (author) from UK on December 12, 2014:

Great I hope you like it. Thanks very much indeed for your visit. I really appreciate it.

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on December 11, 2014:

I tried an "apple pie" recipe that once that turned out to be very similar to this in presentation. Your recipe has more apples and a different sponge, so I will add it to my Recipes to Try board. Thanks!

Giovanna (author) from UK on October 30, 2014:

Are you going to bake it? If so do let me know what you think of it. Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

Giovanna (author) from UK on October 29, 2014:

No Colin - your diet will only be put on pause! Thanks for your visit.

Colin323 on October 29, 2014:

O Man! This looks good. Bang goes my diet.

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on October 28, 2014:

MMM Looks Delicious

Giovanna (author) from UK on October 27, 2014:

I hope you're going to bake it so you'll get to taste it too! Let me know. Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

Giovanna (author) from UK on October 27, 2014:

Great. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know. Thanks for your visit.

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on October 27, 2014:

This looks simply delicious.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on October 27, 2014:

This looks great! Going to make it. :)

Giovanna (author) from UK on October 20, 2014:

Thank you for your visit and for sharing my recipe. I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on October 19, 2014:

Yum! I'll have to learn to make this. I'm got German in me. I shared it on my Desserts & Goodies FB page plus pinned it!

Giovanna (author) from UK on October 19, 2014:

Yes it would -it really is very pretty! Thanks so much for your visit.

Lorelei Cohen on October 19, 2014:

It is so nice to see something so different in a recipe. This would really be a unique dessert to take to a buffet or potluck.

Giovanna (author) from UK on October 18, 2014:

I hope you love it -don't overdo the lemon - just to give it a hint. Let me know what you think. Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

Edith Rose from Canada on October 18, 2014:

If it has apples in it, I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing this apple cake recipe.

Giovanna (author) from UK on September 24, 2014:

I hope you make one and let me know what you think. Thanks for your visit.

Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 23, 2014:

This sounds very good. I love apple cakes. :)

Giovanna (author) from UK on July 09, 2014:

@junecampbell: To be honest I only eat a slither - for the same reason as you - one day I shall quit this baking malarky too! I have cut down on all our sugar intake this year - it's clearly very bad for the health, but a cake every now & then is OK I suppose! Thanks for you visit and comment.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 09, 2014:

I used to bake a great deal. Now I live alone and I don't bake because if I bake it, I will eat it -- and in interests of fitting into my pants, that is not a good idea. This apple cake looks yummy, though.

Giovanna (author) from UK on February 21, 2014:

@ProjectResolute2: Oh yes! My mistake thanks for pointing that out.

ProjectResolute2 on February 21, 2014:

When pasting a url in the squidoo forum, make sure the squidoo(dot)com/workshop/ is not in the url, because then it doesn't work!

Giovanna (author) from UK on January 12, 2014:

@caryfranco: You need to make sure you beat the cake mixture quite well. If you want to take a short cut, then there are lots of cake mixes in the stores. There are some really good organic ones. Then all you do is sink the apples in that. Simple and delicious! Good luck with it. Let me know what you think of it. Thanks for leaving a comment.

caryfranco on January 12, 2014:

I don't bake a lot. I just do it when I have the craving of having something special like aa pie or something, then me, my husband and little girl bake something. One day we did some muffins. My husbands and girl like apple pies (cakes) so I think we will try this recipe which looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Giovanna (author) from UK on November 18, 2013:

@notsuperstitious1: Great! Let me know how it goes. Be careful not to overcook it. It must be quite moist. Yum. Thanks very much for your visit and your great comment. Let me know what you think of it please.

Edith Rose from Canada on November 18, 2013:

Oh yes, I have to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Giovanna (author) from UK on November 18, 2013:

@DLeighAlexander: I know! That's what encouraged me to make a lens about it - it's probably the prettiest cake I've ever made! Thanks for your visit and for your lovely comment

DLeighAlexander on November 18, 2013:

The picture looks amazing! This recipe makes a picture-perfect cake which I am sure is very tasty too! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Giovanna (author) from UK on November 14, 2013:

@ayannavenus: Let me know what you think. Don't be tempted to over cook it. It should be a nice moist appley spongy cake. Mmmmm!

ayannavenus on November 14, 2013:

Oh yum yum may try that with a bit of tweaking

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