Apfelschlupfkuchen (Sunken Apple Cake)

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I remember my very first cake I baked when I was eight. It was a Sunken Apple cake and I was so delighted. I remember carrying the apple cake outside to the garage to show to my dad. A proud moment I will never forget. 

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German Sunken Apple Cake

German Sunken Apple Cake
Category: Cake
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

This cake recipe is quick and easy to prepare and can be mastered by beginners or children. You can find out which apple varieties you prefer and particularly suitable for your taste and baking.


  • For the Topping
  • 3 Lb apples (if you prefer tart than choose Granny Smith)
  • 5 Tbsp apricot jam (optional)
  • 30 g slivered almonds (optional)
  • For the Dough
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2/3 cup granulated Sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1tsp rum extract
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ tbs starch
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 3 ½ tsp milk


  • Brush an 8” round springform pan with butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F (confection preferred)
  • For the dough, mix the butter and sugar until foamy, gradually stir in the eggs, salt and rum.
  • Sift the flour with the cornstarch and baking powder and mix under the dough.
  • Stir milk under the dough so it falls softly from the spoon.
  • Fill the dough into the mold and smooth the top.
  • For the topping peel the apples, cut in half, remove the core casing, cut several times at the rounding.
  • Place with the curve up on the dough.
  • Bake the cake for about 40-45 minutes.


Allow to cool and remove from the mold. Warm the Apricot jam and spread over cooled cake, then top with slivered Almonds. Another option is to top cake with Streusel, or just simply sifted Confectioners Sugar

Nutrition information

6 to 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 slice

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe.

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