Easy German Apple Cake Recipe

Easy German Apple Cake Recipe – Versunkener Apfelkuchen


Easy German Apple Cake Recipe

An easy German Apple Cake recipe. Stirred batter topped with fresh apples. This Apple Cake is called Versunkener Apfelkuchen in Germany. 

Ingredients for easy German Apple Cake recipe:

  • 125 g (4.4 oz) of butter OR margarine, soft
  • 125 g (4.4 oz) of sugar
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) of flour, all-purpose
  • 3 eggs XL
  • 2 tablespoons of rum
  • 1 package of Dr. Oetker baking powder OR 2 teaspoons of baking powder 
  • 1 package Dr. Oetker vanilla sugar OR 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 6–8 apples (depending on size

Note: Dr. Oetker Baking powder and Dr. Oetker Vanilla Sugar is available at most grocery stores in the international food section,  in specialty deli/gourmet stores, or online.

Ingredients Easy German Apple Cake Recipe

Preparation for Apple Cake:

Use an electric hand mixer to beat soft margarine with sugar and vanilla flavoring in a bowl. Add one egg at a time and mix. Then, add the rum. In a separate container mix baking powder to the flour and sift over the batter. Beat until the batter is smooth.

Peel the apples, cut them in quarters and remove the core with the seeds. Make two or three cuts lengthwise on the outside of each piece of quartered apples. Do not cut the apple piece all the way through; your cut should be about one quarter through into the apple.

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Grease your springform pan (I used 11 inches in diameter). Spread the batter evenly in the pan. Place the apples evenly in the batter. Push down a little but don’t cover the apples entirely.

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Baking the Apple Cake:

Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F) and bake your Apple Cake for about 40 – 45  minutes on the middle rack. When the time is up, take the cake out of the oven and open the springform immediately. Once the cake has cooled down, sift powdered sugar over it.

Easy German Apple Cake Recipe



  • Maria Appleby

    This looks delicious!

    • The Oma Way

      Maria thank you. I can assure you this cake is easy to make and tastes great.

      • Trudy

        Have one in the oven now… can’t wait to taste!!!

        • The Oma Way

          Trudy, I am sure it worked out fine. The taste is good and not too sweet.

  • Martha

    This filled my 9″ springform nicely. The cake would have been super-thin in anything larger. Looking forward to bringing it to our Kirchenkaffee tomorrow

  • Jelena

    This looks amazing! Could this be baked in a pan that is not a spring form? I’m hoping to make it tonight but in a rectangular glass or metal pan.

    • The Oma Way

      Jelena, you could make it in a different pan or glass pan, but make sure to butter it well, otherwise it might be hard to get it out of the baking pan.

  • SuZQ52

    What kind of apples do you recommend please?

    • The Oma Way

      SuZQ52, I use either of these three kind of apples, depending what is available in stores. Jonagold, Braeburn, and McIntosh. They are different from each other, but work fine in baking.