This is one of my very favorite apple recipes! If you have a food processor, you're in business. If not, then use a pastry blender to make the cake part, slice the apples as thinly as possible and mix the topping with a whisk.. where there's a will, there's a way!
The cake layer is gooey and dense, the apples beautiful and thinly sliced and the topping finishes it off with a light cinnamon layer of flavor! What more could you ask for? Maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream??? This is delicious for breakfast, too. (Ok, without the ice cream for breakfast!)
German Apple Cake
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons butter, cut into 4 pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large apples, peeled, cored and quartered
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place cake ingredients (except for apple) in large bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade. Process until mixture resembles cornmeal. Press mixture into bottom of well-buttered 9-inch spring form pan. (Or deep cake pan)
Insert slicing disc in food processor. Stand apple quarters upright in feed tube. Thinly slice apples,using moderate pressure on the pusher. Arrange apple slices in layers on top of cake layer ( I arrange in a sunburst design with slices overlapping.) Bake for 45 minutes.
While cake bakes, add sugar, butter, cinnamon and egg to bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade. (You don’t have to wash it between making the cake and the topping.) Process mixture until smooth and sugar dissolves. Spoon mixture over apples and return to oven for another 25 to 30 minutes or until top is firm.