Sunken apple pie from the tray | Baking makes you happy

A real classic that is always well received! Especially great: the fruity sheet cake with sponge cake and cinnamon sugar is really quick to bake!

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A sunken apple pie from the tray probably brings back childhood memories not only in me. It consists of juicy batter, fruity cinnamon apples and a hint of vanilla and lemon. A real, if rather unspectacular classic. And yet Grandma’s apple pie tray always tastes great!

Sunken apple pie is THE cake from my childhood. The basis was always the recipe “very fine apple cake” from an old, yellowed and tattered Oetker baking book. But you never needed it anyway. The recipe is easy to remember. The fact that the sunken apple pie from the tray is easy is just one of its pluses. The comparatively luscious batter, which I spice up with ground almonds and vanilla pulp for my variant, as with the apricot cake, is followed by a lot of juicy apple pieces – and (optionally) a good portion of cinnamon sugar. While the apples in the traditional recipe are cut in half from the springform pan and then cut a few times, more cubes are used here. This is how the fast Sponge apple pie from the tray cut better. The pieces can then be rather large or small as desired.

Because the sunken apple pie from the tray is baked with batter, it is the perfect beginner cake. Just pay attention to my tips from the sponge cake guide; First and foremost, butter and eggs must be at room temperature. Then nothing can actually go wrong.


Spices for grandma’s sunken apple pie from the tray

There are several options for topping Grandma’s sunken apple pie from the tray. According to taste and ideas of the optics. You can mix the apple pieces with lemon juice as well as some cinnamon or tonka bean before topping them. Alternatively, add the cinnamon sugar before or after baking. Or you just use powdered sugar.

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If you like this quick apple pie recipe for the tray, you should also take a look at my many other apple pie recipes. My grandma made this variant with applesauce, the covered apple pie, the one with crumble and the strudel. Have fun clicking through!

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Juicy, quick and easy to make: Grandma’s sunken apple sheet cake is a real classic for a reason

preparation20 Min.

baking time35 Min.

Quantity: 1 sheet


For evidence

  • 800 Gram Apples
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon Cinnamon sugar optional, or powdered sugar
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  • Cover a tray (roughly 42 * 37 cm) with baking paper. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees top and bottom heat.

  • Peel and core the apples and cut into small pieces. Mix with the lemon juice and set aside.

  • For the dough, beat the softened butter and sugar for a few minutes until lightly frothy. Gradually stir in all the eggs one by one. Add vanilla pulp; Mix the flour with the almonds, baking powder and salt and stir in in several steps. Always add a little milk in between so that the dough falls from the spoon with difficulty.

  • Spread the dough on the baking sheet. Spread the apple pieces over it and press in lightly. Bake the cake for about 35 minutes. Take out of the oven and dust with a little cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar if you like.

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