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. 

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. slicing them. The end result is the best Dutch apple cake recipe of all time.

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

About this cake recipe

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. 

When prepping the batter be sure to sift the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. This will ensure that the cake texture is light and fluffy as it should be. Also, I used two honey crispy and one granny smith apple in this recipe. I like mixing these two apple varieties for the ultimate flavor. Just be sure to peel and core them. I like to cube my apples but you can also slice them. If you decide to slice them, you should get about eight slices apple.

Storage

Store leftover cake covered on the counter for three to four days. You can enjoy it at room temperature or slightly warm it in the microwave. 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

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.
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups AP flour, all purpose flour, sifted
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, 4 tablespoons
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla flavor
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup 2% milk

Apple Topping:

  • 3 medium apples, peeled and cubed, 2 honey crisp 1 granny smith
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Equipment

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

Instructions 

  • 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 grnny smith 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 307kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 635mg, Potassium: 195mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 244IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 203mg, Iron: 2mg