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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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  • 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!

  • sibbert
    Sep 22, 2019

    A bread-cake hybrid. Simply sweet. A great recipe. Next time, would mix in a few of the apples, as there were too many for the top. Will definitely make again.

    Sep 15, 2019

    Extremely heavy. Fairly tasteless. Would not make again and waste the ingredients.

  • tishathomas
    Sep 11, 2019

    This is authentic Dutch Apple cake. It is different from American cake in that it is not light and not as sweet as our cakes. Eating it is a cultural experience. Knowing that you are sampling a tradition of the Netherlands may make the cake more palatable to some of you. I used to fly KLM a lot and would travel through Amsterdam, scheduling a long layover so I could spend the day in the city. On every visit, I bought a piece of appeltaart in one of the many corner bakeries. It's still a favorite treat for me. This is recipe is a good rendition.

  • Lyn
    Aug 5, 2019

    I found this to be very heavy, dry and tasteless. Very surprised it had no leavening agent, which would explain it coming out of the oven the same size as it went in. Won't be making it again. Waste of apples and 4 eggs.

  • Rose
    Jan 28, 2018

    I was given 4 lbs of apples and was looking for some recipes came upon this recipe and looked easy enough to make.. Made the recipe just as is and Did not change anything.. I truly enjoyed it only thing I think I over mixed the batter it was a heavy loaf but either way I Will be making it again. I love the taste as it pares well with my morning coffee. My family and I, want to Thank you Holland for your original recipe.

  • manga
    Jan 22, 2018

    I diced the apples and stirred them into the batter. It came out very moist. I baked it at 300 degrees as stated, but then I made it again , stirring in the apples and baking it at 350 for 55 minutes. It came out just as good.