This Dutch apple cake recipe is one of the best apple cake recipes of all time. It’s moist, delicious and very easy to make. Growing up, my family had a cabin in rural Pennsylvania. This specific area was home to an Amish community who were known for their baked goods. 

The BEST Dutch Apple Cake - Healthyish Foods

Overtime, my Mom was able to get her hands on a version of their delicious apple cake recipe. Growing up, she would make this cake for us and every time it was so incredible. I made a few Healthyish tweaks to make it my own. For example, the original recipe did not call for vanilla flavor, but I added some because I think it is weird to bake without it. Also, I swapped out the shortening for butter, and cubed my apples vs. sliced. 

The BEST Dutch Apple Cake - Healthyish Foods

The crumb is light, flaky and moist and the apples add all of the sweetness and flavor. Perfect for any occasion, this apple cake is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Best when served warm from the oven you can also add a drizzle of caramel or powdered sugar as well. 

Need a tasty dinner idea too? Try my Shrimp Linguini with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce before you enjoy a warm slice of Dutch apple cake!  

The BEST Dutch Apple Cake - Healthyish Foods
The BEST Dutch Apple Cake - Healthyish Foods

The BEST Dutch Apple Cake

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  • 2 cups AP flour – sifted, I HAVE NOT tested any other flours
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla flavor, not in my mom’s recipe but I like it
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup 2% milk

Apple Topping:

  • 3 medium sized apples , peeled and sliced or cubed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • 9 inch spring form pan
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • whisk


  • Preheat the oven 375 degrees.
  • Grease a 9-inch spring form pan or metal baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  • Next, using two knives or a fork gently cut the soft butter into the flour mixture. Making sure to incorporate it until there are no large lumps.
  • Next, add a whisked egg, vanilla and milk.
  • Gently fold everything together until the batter forms. It will be slightly sticky so don’t worry. The juice from apples will moisten the cake as it bakes.
  • Next, peel and slice 3 medium sized apples. I used 2 honey crisp and 1 green apple.
  • If you opt to slice the apples, you should get about 4 slices per quarter. If you cube the apples, just give them a rough chop. Each piece should be about the size of a nickel.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, add the cubed apples, cinnamon, cane and brown sugar. Toss until the apples are evenly coated.
  • Next, pour the batter into the greased pan. Spread the batter and place the apples on top of the batter.
  • Gently press the apples into the batter.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the center is fully cooked.
  • Remove from the oven and serve slightly warm.