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. 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
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The BEST Dutch Apple Cake

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dutch apple pie
Servings: 8 people


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


  • 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


  • 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.
Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh is a recipe developer and creator of the brand, Healthyish Foods®. Sarah makes plant-based, fish and chicken recipes that are simple and delicious. Her work can be seen in Healthy-ish by Bon Appetit and Bon Appetit Magazine (digital), Women’s Health Magazine (digital) and Mind Body Green. Sarah is a Pittsburgh, PA native but currently lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dan and rescue dog, Graci!

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