Apple & Sour Cream Slice (classic recipe)

Make the perfect Apple & Sour Cream Slice using this classic recipe. A sweet cake-like base and a tangy sour cream, apple and cinnamon top layer. YUM!

Argh! Every now and then I could swear that I’ve put a recipe on the blog and then when I go to search for it, I realise that I haven’t. This is one of those slices! I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to put up a recipe for Apple & Sour Cream Slice. Seriously, what is wrong with me!?

Apple & Sour Cream Slice

I’m sure by now you know that I’m a girl that loves my sugar. Unfortunately you won’t be seeing me ‘quit sugar’ anytime soon. But! This is a great recipe for those of you who who don’t necessarily have as huge a sweet tooth as I do (if you are a sugarholic though, don’t worry, you’ll still love this slice!). The two layers complement each other perfectly as the tangy sour cream and apple top layer balances out the sweet, cake-like base of the bottom layer.  Add to that a good shake of cinnamon on top and you have one ridiculously yummy (and not too sweet!) slice.

Apple & Sour Cream Slice

Apple & Sour Cream Slice

You can sprinkle plain cinnamon over the top, or, if you like the sweeter things in life, try using cinnamon sugar instead (a little warning: that stuff is addictive!). If you’re wanting to lighten things up a little, then you can always use light sour cream. It’s best to make this slice ahead of time and then pop it into the fridge for a few hours to cool completely. The longer you leave it, the easier it will be to cut into slices.

Apple & Sour Cream Slice

I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t liked this Apple & Sour Cream Slice and it seriously is just a really, really yummy little thing to make!

Apple & Sour Cream Slice

Apple & Sour Cream Slice

Make the perfect Apple & Sour Cream Slice using this classic recipe. A sweet cake-like base and a tangy sour cream, apple and cinnamon top layer. YUM!
Course Slices
Cuisine Baking, Slices
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16
Author Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 125 g butter melted
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 65 g desiccated coconut
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 250 g sour cream
  • 2 apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp cinnamon or cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (160 if using a fan forced oven).
  2. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Place the melted butter, caster sugar, coconut and vanilla essence into a medium sized bowl.
  4. Sift over the self raising flour.
  5. Use electric beaters to beat the mixture until smooth and creamy.
  6. Press mixture into the tin and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  7. Take the slice out of the oven and layer the thinly sliced apple over the top.
  8. In a bowl, beat the sour cream and eggs together until well combined.
  9. Pour the sour cream mixture over the top of the apple.
  10. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top (or cinnamon sugar).
  11. Place back into the oven for another 20 minutes or until the sour cream has set in.
  12. Leave to cool before placing into the fridge to cool completely.
  13. Cut into slices when completely cold.

Apple & Sour Cream Slice – Thermomix Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (160 if using a fan forced oven).
2. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.
3. Place the butter into the TM bowl and melt on Speed 3, 60 degrees for 2 minutes.
4. Add in the caster sugar, coconut, self raising flour and vanilla essence and mix on Speed 3 for 30 seconds (scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed).
5. Press mixture into the tin and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
6. Take the slice out of the oven and layer the thinly sliced apple over the top.
7. Place the sour cream and eggs into the TM bowl and mix on Speed 4 for 30 seconds.
8. Pour the sour cream mixture over the top of the apple.
9. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top (or cinnamon sugar).
10. Place back into the oven for another 20 minutes or until the sour cream has set in.
11. Leave to cool before placing into the fridge to cool completely.
12. Cut into slices when completely cold.

72 thoughts on “Apple & Sour Cream Slice (classic recipe)”

  1. Becci Sundberg says:

    I love this slice. I usually use a packet of vanilla cake mix, coconut and melted butter on the bottom but have been wanting to experiment making the base from scratch. Thanks for doing the hard work for me 🙂

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Yes I’ve seen it made that way before too. Such a great idea if you’re in a rush! I do definitely prefer it from scratch though 🙂

    2. Granma Mary says:

      FOR an even bigger cheat, use canned pie apples!

      1. Lucy Mathieson says:

        Absolutely!!

  2. Yum. This looks so good! I have already pinned to make later.

  3. YUM! Sounds delicious. I would never have thought to put apple and sour cream together. Thanks for the TM instructions. Thanks for linking up with Mummy Mondays. #TeamMM

  4. Rebecca says:

    Oh yum! I have seen a few recipe with sour cream lately and so want to try! x

  5. Yep, we know you love sugar and sweets! We do know too that you bake yummy bars and slices like this! Great idea in balancing the sweetness with sour cream 🙂

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  6. Yum! this is another recipe I’m adding to my “must make list”.
    Confession: I definitely have a very sweet tooth!

  7. It’s so good to hear I’m not the only one who does that! This look amazing, I’m a sucker for anything with apple in it!

  8. You’ve just bought back some delicious memories!
    I haven’t made this slice in ages. I do cheat when I make it using some melted butter and a vanilla cake mix to create the base. My mouth is watering looking at yours Lucy!
    By the way I’m with you, I could never give up sugar, I take small breaks here and there, you know the 5 Minute ones…… Kidding! Maybe not?? Every now and then I try and do a couple of days (which is huge for me!) but with a slice like this tempting me I won’t be taking a break any time soon. xx

  9. Maxabella says:

    Pinning this one, Lucy. x

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks Bron! xx

  10. That sounds delish. Might try it on my family thanks xx

  11. My mum hates sour cream yet I have vivid memories of her making this countless times as a kid. I wonder if she ever ate it herself or just made it for everyone else. Yum!

  12. Hell to the yeah! I love sour cream and apple. Winning!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha definitely winning!

  13. Lila says:

    We used to make a similar slice when my parents had cafe and it was one of my favourites, I’d totally forgotten about it until now!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      It is such a good old classic, isn’t it!

  14. Yum! What a fab combination of ingredients! Thanks for joining in with the linkup again! xx

  15. I grew up on this too! One of those gorgeous, timeless classics.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Such a classic!!

  16. What a beautiful slice. I love all the layers. I’m just like you in that I think I’ve posted a recipe but then after a fruitless search, realise I imagined it! xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thank you so much. Haha yes it’s terrible when you realise you havent put the recipe up for one of your faves!

  17. Are these like the ones that you can buy from bakeries? If so, I’m so excited to have a recipe for these 😀

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Yes exactly!! 🙂

  18. Looks delicious! I’ve had one like this before with peaches which is very nice too.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh my gosh, that would be delicious!

  19. Laura says:

    My mom’s apple pie–which is my favorite pie of all time–uses sour cream in it. So I know these would be fabulous! They are going high on the to try list!

  20. I am going to add this to my menu for an upcoming party!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh thank you!

  21. What an interesting dessert. I’ve never had anything quite like it. I do love apples with sour cream. 🙂

  22. there is a pie shop near my house that makes the best fruit and sourcream pies. I think your recipe will be a hit!! Thanks

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thank you!

  23. Shari says:

    This is the one thing I don’t love about looking at everyones #FFF link ups – I find too many things that look amazing and that I want to eat straight away. This looks delicious and I think I’ll need to whip it up this week (a little healthier then the Clinkers slice that I also have been eyeing off).

  24. Michelle Woods says:

    Hi! I’m new to your blog and love the look of this bake. I live in England so I’m unfamiliar with the recipe, could you advise, is the 65g of coconut fresh grated coconut, or desiccated, or tinned milk or cream?

    Thanks!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Michelle! So glad you found my website! Sorry the coconut I refer to in the recipe is desiccated – I should have written that!! Sorry! 🙂

      1. Michelle Woods says:

        That’s great, thanks. This will be my next bake!

        1. Bake Play Smile says:

          Fantastic!!! I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂

      2. Grace says:

        Hi. This look so delicious! Do u use connut milk or cream? Thank

        1. Bake Play Smile says:

          Hi Grace, it’s actually desiccated coconut. I’ll change it in the ingredients now to make it clearer. 🙂 xx

  25. cake eater says:

    Hi i was wondering if anyone has tried this with gluten free flour?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Great question! I personally havent used gluten free flour, but will be interested to know if anyone else has!

      1. Linda says:

        Yes I made this gluten free last night using gf st flour. Absolutley fabulous!

        1. Lucy Mathieson says:

          Yipppeeee!!! That’s so awesome to know that it works with gluten-free flour too!

    2. Vi says:

      I made this 2 days ago with a ‘packet’ gluten free vanilla cake mix, mixed with 125 g melted butter and 1 cup desiccated coconut, as the base. It turned out perfectly. Good texture, but it was a bit too sweet for me – the base, that is.

      1. Bake Play Smile says:

        That’s great to know Vi – the packet mix might be a good idea if you’re running short on time!

  26. Tanya Angus says:

    Hi Lucy, I’m in the process of making this apple & sour cream slice (can’t wait to try it!). I just wanted to ask about one of the instructions. You say to beat the first layer until its smooth and creamy, but with the quantities given, I could only get it to a loose crumble consistency. I googled other similar recipes, and those recipes indicated that it would be more of a crumble, so that’s what I’ve gone with – is that right? If not, how did you get yours smooth & creamy – I must have done something wrong…! Thanks, Tanya.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Tanya, that’s absolutely fine. It will still be perfect! When you press it into the tin, it will go together. 🙂

    2. Jo says:

      Hi Tanya,

      I was the same.. I even added a bit more butter, thinking my measurements must of been off.. Still was loose breadcrumb effect, so went with it and worked.. Will try not the extra butter next time..

  27. Lisa Said says:

    Looks like a great recipe.
    Would it be ok with canned apple pieces instead.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely!

      1. Carole says:

        I used canned pie apple and the base became very soggy after it cooled down.

        1. Bake Play Smile says:

          Hi Carole, if you use canned apple, it might be best to drain it really well. Hopefully that will help next time! 🙂

  28. Tatiana says:

    This looks super yummy. One question though: could I use greek yogurt instead of the sour cream? It is not easy to find proper sour cream here in Greece. Thank you

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      M you could definitely try, however I’m unsure of whether Greek yoghurt would hold it together enough!!

  29. Holly says:

    Is egg essential? My daughter is allergic

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      You could definitely use an egg substitute. 🙂

    2. Vi says:

      In my recipe (using packet cake (regular or GF) mix for the base) the canned apple is topped with sour cream only, no egg, then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. It sets beautifully.

      1. Bake Play Smile says:

        Sounds great! Thanks for the tip!

  30. Cherry says:

    Hi I made this today and the flavour was beautiful only thing I wanted to ask was that my base was more like a biscuit instead of a cake consistency that everyone is mentioning. What have I missed? I baked for 20 minutes both times and I used the thermomix. Also my apples was still crunchy. It doesn’t look soft and creamy like yours 🙁 Please help! On a good note my son loves it so how long can I keep in the fridge? Could I freeze them?
    Thanks heaps!
    Cherry

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hmm thats very strange about the base! I’ve only ever found it to have more of a cakey consistency. I’m really not sure! In terms of the apple – generally this will be due to the type of apples used – but having them a bit crunchy is absolutely fine (in fact, a lot of people prefer that!). It will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for approximately 3 days – and yes you can freeze it! 🙂

  31. Krystal says:

    This is so good. I have made it 3 times now and really impressed people 🙂

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh thats awesome to hear! Thank you! xx

  32. Daniel says:

    This slice is so good. It brings back memories from when I was a kid. I’ve made a few of your slice recipes now and I think of my grandmother and mother with every bite. This site rules and I reckon I’ll probably make my way through them all. Most modern recipe books are either too complicated or they just don’t end up tasting as good as they sound. No such problems with any of these recipes. Congrats and keep it going.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thank you so much Daniel! You’ve absolutely made my day! I really do love easy old fashioned recipes 🙂

  33. Sarah says:

    Can this slice be frozen??
    If not how long will it keep in the fridge?

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hmm I personally wouldn’t freeze this slice. It will last in the fridge for up to 5 days (depending of course on the expiry date of the sour cream you use!). xx

  34. Bec says:

    Thanks for the Thermie version of this recipe, I was given the ‘non thermie’ or ‘vanilla’ method of this recipe about 10 years ago from a friend and it’s such a favourite of mine we make ours with tinned peaches! So delish!

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Oooh that’s a fantastic idea!!!

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