Easy Apple Recipes: Apple Abracadabra Cake

This easy apple recipe was inspired by a product provided for review.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.

It’s apple season here in Vermont and I am on the lookout for easy apple recipes that will wow my family. I don’t do a lot of dessert recipes but I have a weakness for fruit desserts This Apple Abracadabra Cake is super easy to make and using the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven allows me to have it read in much less time than a traditional oven. This easy apple recipe called for Granny Smith apples but since McIntosh are my favorite, I chose to make it with McIntosh apples instead.

easy apple recipes

Easy Apple Recipes

Apple Abracadabra Cake
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  • For the pan:
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 7 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored, left whole
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Cake ingredients:
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Spread the bottom of an 8 inch round by 3 inch tall cake pan with the butter. Mix the butter with the brown sugar.
  2. Arrange whole cored apples, standing upright, in a circle around the edge of the pan.
  3. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup cold water over the apples.
  4. Place a 4 ounce ramekin open side down in the center of the pan and press it down firmly. Set the pan aside.
  5. Place the oven rack in the bottom position. Set the oven temperature to 350F and set the function to bake. Set the timer to 30 minutes to start preheating the oven.
  6. In a mixing bowl, use a fork to stir the cake ingredients together until a dough forms.
  7. With the fork, drop small blobs of the dough into the pan to cover the entire surface of the apples and the ramekin making sure all the blogs touch.
  8. Put the cake pan in the oven. Close the door, lower the sealing bar to seal, and rotate the vent release valve to seal. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
  9. To check for doneness, rotate the vent release valve to vent and wait for pressure to dissipate. Raise the sealing bar to standard and open the door by pressing the door release button. A wooden pick inserted into the cake off center should come out clean. If necessary, return the cake to the oven and cook under pressure for 5 minutes longer before checking again.
  10. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Run the blade of a table knife between the edge of the cake and the pan to loosen. Then invert a rimmed serving plate over the pan, hold the plate and pan firmly together with oven gloves or hot pads, and carefully invert them together.
  12. Lift off the pan to unmold the cake. The juices will all have collected inside the ramekin to form a sauce, as if by magic (hence the name of the dessert)>
  13. Slice the cake into wedges, spoon some of the sauce over each piece, and garnish as desired.
Recipe Type: Dessert

easy apple recipes

easy apple recipes

easy apple recipes

This easy apple recipe was inspired by a product provided for review.  All opinions are mine and mine alone.

What is your favorite way to use apples?


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  1. Oh my gosh I'm drooling! Looks delicious!
  2. Well isn't that too cool for words. I just love apple desserts...
  3. Hmm, I really craving dessert now. Yeah apples season is upon us so this will be a great new recipe for our family. Thank you.
  4. This looks like something my family would enjoy! Thanks for the recipe
  5. This looks yummy AND fun! Cannot wait to try it.
  6. Yum! I love baked apples. 
  7. This looks very different! I love apple desserts, and this sounds fun to make and a bit of a change from the usual apple pies and turnovers.


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