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This tasty recipe was developed for us by Abhishek Dekate!

Sunken Apple Cake

This simple snacking cake is perfect for fall. It comes together effortlessly, yet looks so pretty in its presentation. Feel free to use other Ontario apples, or a mix of varieties, to change the flavour profile ever so slightly.

Sunken Apple Cake
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  • 3 local Ontario McIntosh apples
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan (or springform pan) and set aside.
  2. Slice each apple in half lengthwise and scoop out the core and seeds from both apple halves using a measuring spoon. Lay each apple, cut side down, and thinly slice each apple half, leaving the halves intact. Set aside.
  3. Pour flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl and whisk together. In another mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar and beat together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Scrape down sides of bowl and add eggs and vanilla. Continue to mix together. Scrape down sides of bowl again, and add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir together until just combined and no lumps remain. Fold in milk until just mixed
  5. Pour cake batter into the pan, evening out the surface with an offset spatula. Carefully place each apple half, cut side down, around the edge of the cake, about 1/2 inch apart, creating a ring. Place the final apple half in the centre of the cake.
  6. Place cake pan onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the centre area of the cake.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool, about 30 minutes. Lightly dust with powdered sugar, slice and serve.

Recipe developed by Abhishek Dekate for Produce Made Simple


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