This authentic Sunken Apple Cake recipe (also known as Versunkener Apfelkuchen or German Kuchen) is a sweet, rustic treat to enjoy with coffee or tea.
Course Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American, German
Keyword apple cake, apple coffee cake, easy apple cake, fall apple recipe, German apple cake
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 50minutes
Total Time 1hour5minutes
9" springform pan
3mediumapples, peeled and cored
Prepare the springform pan by greasing it. If not non-stick, line the bottom with parchment paper.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, and eggs together until creamy. Stir in flour, baking powder, and vanilla until well mixed. Spread batter in prepared springform pan and smooth the top. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Thinly slice apples with a mandolin or paring knife. Either group the apples together (about 1/3 of an apple) and gently press into the cake batter. This results in a soft, slightly firmer apple. Or, fan out the apples around the cake in a single layer for soft, tender apples. Sprinkle the top with 1/3 cup of sugar and cinnamon.
Bake cake for 50 minutes, until it the top is golden in color. Serve warm. If desired, lightly dust with confectioners sugar before serving.
Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for 3 months.