German Sunken Apple Cake Recipe

Updated on April 16, 2018

Sunken Apple Cake

My son came home from school recently 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.

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.

Apples

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

Storing Apples Tip:

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 time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 6

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Apples:
  • 4 medium Bramley or Granny Smith apples
  • Equipment:
  • One 7 inch (18 cm) deep round cake tin. See link below
  • Electric hand mixer ( makes life a lot easier!)

Instructions

  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!
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4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Sunken Apple Cake

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      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        2 years ago from Perth UK

        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.

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        geri 

        2 years ago

        What does that mean: All in one sponge

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        3 years ago from Perth UK

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

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        Kathryn Grace 

        3 years ago from San Francisco

        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!

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        3 years ago from Perth UK

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

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        3 years ago from Perth UK

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

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        Colin323 

        3 years ago

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

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        Mary Beth Granger 

        3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

        MMM Looks Delicious

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        3 years ago from Perth UK

        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.

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        3 years ago from Perth UK

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

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        Tanya Jones 

        3 years ago from Texas USA

        This looks simply delicious.

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        Paula Atwell 

        3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

        This looks great! Going to make it. :)

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        3 years ago from Perth UK

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

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        Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

        3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

        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!

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        3 years ago from Perth UK

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

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        3 years ago from Canada

        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.

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        3 years ago from Perth UK

        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.

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        Edith Rose 

        3 years ago from Canada

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

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        3 years ago from Perth UK

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

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        Paula Atwell 

        3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

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

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        4 years ago from Perth UK

        @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.

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        June Campbell 

        4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

        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.

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        ProjectResolute2 

        4 years ago

        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!

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        4 years ago from Perth UK

        @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.

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        caryfranco 

        4 years ago

        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.

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        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        4 years ago from Perth UK

        @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.

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        Edith Rose 

        4 years ago from Canada

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

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        4 years ago from Perth UK

        @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

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        DLeighAlexander 

        4 years ago

        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.

      • Adventuretravels profile imageAUTHOR

        Giovanna Sanguinetti 

        4 years ago from Perth UK

        @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!

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        ayannavenus 

        4 years ago

        Oh yum yum may try that with a bit of tweaking

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