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Versunkener Apfelkuchen – German Sunken Apple Cake

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 16



  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a springform pan with non stick spray.
  • Slice the apples ¾ of the way through, leaving the base attached. Toss apples the lemon juice.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  • Add vanilla extract and lemon zest. Mix until combined.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • In a medium bowl, combine salt, flour and baking powder. Mix to combine.
  • Add dry ingredients to batter in 2 batches, mixing well after each addition.
  • Add milk and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread in an even layer.
  • Place apples on top of the batter, pressing slightly into the batter.
  • Sprinkle demarara sugar on top.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, until a tester inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the outer shell of the springform pan.
  • Garnish with powdered sugar on top, if desired.
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