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Dutch Apple Cake

My husband and I came to Canada from Holland over 40 years ago This traditional Dutch recipe is a family favorite and has frequently gone along with me to potluck suppers and other get-togethers. —Elizabeth Peters, Martintown, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices (3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • In a large bowl, combine the apples, 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon; let stand for 1 hour.
  • In another bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Push apple slices vertically into batter, placing them close together.
  • Bake at 300° for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 282 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 97mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • William
    Nov 1, 2020

    Great recipe. Next time I will place some of the apples vertically also. I froze a little for easy slicing and wrapped in parchment paper individually for the freezer. Takes only a few minutes to thaw and then microwave 10 seconds .Thank you for sharing this recipe

  • BarbiVee
    Oct 21, 2020

    Needed to make a snack for Bible study, and only wanted to use ingredients already in my kitchen. A quick search landed me on this recipe. Everyone loved it included myself. I followed the recipe exactly as is, and will definitely make it again.

  • Margery
    Oct 10, 2020

    It is my husband's favorite apple dessert. What I do not know is whether or not it can be frozen. I think not, as I do not think there are frozen apple slices in the grocery. Has anyone tried to freeze all or part of this cake?

  • Collette van
    Oct 7, 2020

    Great "cake" to use up some apples - not too sweet. Follow the instructions/ingredients and you will have a tasty treat. Mine rose above the lip of the baking dish. Tip - don't cut the apples too thin, otherwise they will get too flimsy and it will be difficult to push them in the batter. Don't worry, they will have plenty of time to cook and soften while baking.

  • AnnieMo
    Oct 6, 2020

    I followed the recipe as a previous reviewer suggested and added 2 Tbsp. of milk, an extra 1/4 tsp. vanilla, an extra teaspoon of cinnamon, and one teaspoon of baking powder. She suggested adding a layer of apples on the bottom before the creamed mixture, but when I did this and took the bread out, this was left at the bottom of my bread pan. This rose like a regular loaf of bread. I am always seeking new recipes, and this has won me over! It is like an apple pie in a bread. Wow, I have never had apple bread before, but I will make this again and again! The crust is crunchy, and I am hoping it will soften up overnight in the refrigerator.

  • Walt
    Aug 28, 2020

    Great cake. Made it various times and have enjoyed it as much as the last time. Easy to make, just follow the directions.

  • KristineChayes
    Jun 2, 2020

    Fantastic! Didn’t make any changes, delicious as written. A keeper!

  • Karan
    May 5, 2020

    My second try turned out flawless and perfect. The first time I added BP as I read in the comments that the cake won't rise without it, but it turned out a mess and disaster. The second try, I stuck exactly as the recipe told me to do and the outcome was tasty and as it should be, like the picture shown in the recipe. Try it and it won't fail you!

  • Rita
    Jan 25, 2020

    Made today, easy recipe resulting in a moist tasty bread. Only adjustment was adding 1tsp baking powder. Will make again. Thanks for the recipe.

  • 5986princessa
    Oct 25, 2019

    Delicious! Will make Again! I took tips from other reviews. I greased and floured the pan, put a layer of apples on the bottom, I also layered the apples in with the batter. I added 1 tsp baking powder, used 2 teaspoons cinnamon and in addition to the vanilla I added 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. I poured the liquid from the apples on top of the batter before putting it in the oven. The only issue I had was the batter was so stiff and hard to work with so I added 2 tablespoons milk and that made a huge difference, Baked it at 325 for 90 minutes and it came out excellent!