Cinnamon Apple Sponge Cake Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Sponge Cake Recipe

How To Make Cinnamon Apple Sponge Cake

The classic flavor combination of apples and cinnamon is embraced fully in this sponge cake recipe. This dessert is best served with some vanilla ice cream.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes



For Apple Filling:

  • 4tbspunsalted butter
  • 4lbsGranny Smith apples
  • ¼cupwater
  • cupsugar,granulated
  • ½tspground nutmeg
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 1zest from lemon,grated
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • cupapple sauce

For Bread Crust:

  • 14tbspunsalted butter
  • 2tbspsugar,granulated
  • 34slicebrioche bread,or white bread

For Sauce:

  • 1cupGranny Smith apples
  • 1tbspbutter
  • pinchsugar
  • pinchcinnamon
  • 2cupscaramel sauce,store bought


  • 1qtvanilla ice cream



  1. Melt butter in 6-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Add apples and caramelize.

  2. Add water and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are completely soft. Remove cover and add sugar, nutmeg, and salt.

  3. Increase heat to medium-high and continue to cook, stirring apples frequently, until liquid has completely evaporated. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest, vanilla, and apple sauce.

  4. Set aside to cool while making crust.


  1. Position oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Grease 8 ceramic dishes with 1 tablespoon butter.

  2. Sprinkle sugar in dish and tilt to coat bottom and sides. Tap out excess sugar and set aside.

  3. Using a bread knife, remove crusts from bread. Center the bottom of mold over one of the bread squares.

  4. Cut around mold to form circle to use as the top. Make a total of 20 of these round pieces.

  5. Ten will be for the bottom and 10 will be used for the top. Dip each one in melted butter and place at the bottom of mold.

  6. Cut each of the 15 remaining slices of bread into 4 rectangular pieces. Dip one side of each strip in the melted butter and arrange strips, upright, around the inside of molds, buttered sides against mold and overlapping by about half an inch to completely line mold.

  7. Use 6 rectangles to line the mold. Spoon the apple filling into bread-lined molds, mounding slightly in center.

  8. Take the remaining 10 rounds of bread and dip pieces of bread into the melted butter and place on top of filling, buttered sides up. Press down lightly.

  9. Bake 30 minutes, then cover top loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until top is deep golden brown and side slices are golden brown (slide a thin-bladed knife between bread and pan to check).

  10. Remove from oven, uncover, and let rest for 15 minutes on wire rack.

  11. Run thin-bladed knife around edges of molds to be able to flip the mold out onto serving plates.


  1. Sauté 1 cup Granny Smith apples in butter, and add a pinch of sugar and cinnamon. Allow to cook until apples are lightly browned and all sugars have dissolved.

  2. Remove from heat and add 2 cups caramel sauce to the apples and stir to coat.

  3. To assemble, pour caramel apple sauce over warmed apple cakes and serve with favorite vanilla ice cream.


  • Calories: 1032.08kcal
  • Fat: 36.36g
  • Saturated Fat: 19.72g
  • Trans Fat: 0.88g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.39g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.57g
  • Carbohydrates: 162.95g
  • Fiber: 10.44g
  • Sugar: 46.52g
  • Protein: 16.96g
  • Cholesterol: 151.26mg
  • Sodium: 851.71mg
  • Calcium: 261.72mg
  • Potassium: 569.48mg
  • Iron: 4.78mg
  • Vitamin A: 360.14µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.65mg
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