Versunkener Apfelkuchen…or “Sunken Apple Cake”

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Here in New Braunfels, it’s the fabulous time of year known as Wurstfest.  For 10 days, people come from all around to eat sausage on a stick, drink beer, listen to German music, and just have a great time.  Wurstfest started in 1961, and it’s a BIG DEAL!  🙂

While most people associate Wurstfest with the beer and the sausage, the New Braunfels Conservation Society also sees this as a time to celebrate the town’s heritage.  At Conservation Plaza, where many historic buildings have been relocated to create a little historical village, they serve authentic German lunches and desserts.

Since Ryan & I joined the Conservation society this year, I was asked to contribute a dessert to be sold at the Forke Store (pronounced fork-y).  Having some German heritage myself, I do have some old family recipes, including my favorite, lepkuchen/Lep Cookies (a sort of soft gingerbread cookie), but my recipes take a lot of time, and I thought I’d look for something different to do this year.

Well, I settled on Versunkener Apfelkuchen, or “Sunken Apple Cake,” which is a relatively simple cake which you press sliced apples into before baking.  Since Josyan didn’t like the picture of the only English version I could find (here), I decided to try my hand at decoding German so I could make this beautiful cake.

This version contains cranberries, which I love!  But…it’s also completely written in German.  With the help of the first recipe and Google Translate (and maybe a bit of my German heritage), I was able to figure out a recipe.  And, I decided to make cupcakes–so they are easier to sell (AND so we can all have a taste!).

Here’s the recipe I used:

1.  Cream 1 cup sugar and 1 cup butter.

2.  Add 1/4 cup milk & 3 eggs and beat.

3.  Combine 1 1/2 cups flour (I used this gluten free flour, yippee!) and 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, then mix in with other ingredients. I added just a tad more milk at this step–and decided that it didn’t taste quite sweet enough, SO…

4.  Mix in about 1/4 tsp salt and about a tsp of vanilla.  (If I hadn’t added the cranberries, I might have added cinnamon…)

5. Fold in 1/2 cup cranberries (cut in half–easier to do from frozen).

 

6.  Pour into greased pan (or make cupcakes like I did!).

7.  Peel and slice 2 or 3 apples and cut into small pieces.  Press these and sliced cranberries all the way into the dough.

8.  Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until cooked through.

9.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

There you go…pretty & SUPER yummy!

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