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Dutch Apple Cake

You only need one apple for this Dutch Apple Cake.  It is a quick and easy dessert to put together, and the perfect dessert for a chilly fall day.
A piece of Apple cake sitting on a red plate. Fresh apples are in the background.

John and I took advantage of the day and went on a walk. The weather was cool and a bit windy. By the time we got back, I was bitten by the baking bug and craving a baked apple dessert and had my sights set on this Dutch Apple Cake.

With just the two of us, sometimes the challenge is making something that doesn’t go to waste because it makes more than the two of us can eat. I remembered a recipe for Dutch Apple Cake that I wanted to try some time ago. One apple, and it is baked in an 8×8 pan so none of it would go to waste.

A piece of Apple cake sitting on a red plate. Fresh apples are in the background.

This cake is perfect when you want something that isn’t too filling. It isn’t overly sweet but is tender and delicious.

A piece of Apple cake sitting on a red plate. Fresh apples are in the background.

This cake is great served warm with a little cream or a dollop of ice cream. (I used ice cream for investigational purposes). This cake came out so moist, and the top was delicious with that little sugar crunch.

Dutch Apple Cake

Author: Hostess At Heart
You only need one apple for this Dutch Apple Cake. It is a quick and easy dessert to put together, and the perfect dessert for a chilly fall day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Dutch Apple Cake
Servings: 1 cake


  • 2 eggs

    at room temperature

  • 6 ounces caster sugar superfine, plus 1/2 ounce extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 ounces milk

  • 4 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 small or 1 large apples


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 8x8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  • Using a hand held mixer, beat the eggs, 6 ounces sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until the mixture is thick. This will take about 5 minutes.
  • Melt the butter and milk together in a saucepan. Drizzle the mixture over the egg mixture, stirring or beating on low continuously. Sift in the flour, cinnamon and baking powder, and fold carefully into the batter until no lumps remain. Pour the batter into the lined pan.
  • Peel, core and thinly slice enough apple to line the top of the batter. Apples will sink and that's o.k. because they are supposed to. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool the cake in the pan.
  • Cut and serve with cream or ice cream.


Recipe adapted from Dutch Apple Cake by Rachel Allen.


Serving: 1gCalories: 2100kcalCarbohydrates: 327gProtein: 28gFat: 81gSaturated Fat: 48gCholesterol: 515mgSodium: 771mgPotassium: 1650mgFiber: 13gSugar: 212gVitamin A: 2886IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 580mgIron: 9mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating

Sally T

Saturday 30th of May 2020

Apples always reminds me of fall, which is my favorite time of year.


Tuesday 21st of April 2015

This looks and sounds delicious. Sorry I've been out of the loop. Hope all went well with your surgery and recovery.

Julie is Hostess At Heart

Tuesday 21st of April 2015

Thanks Patti! Rehab going well. Thanks for asking. This cake is a sole quick recipe. I liked it and others that have reported back have too.

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Wednesday 15th of April 2015

[…] Two days back I came across this beautiful recipe at Julie’s delicious blog and  knew I had to bake it immediately. The ingredients were all available at home so there was no excuse to not try it. As expected it turned out very well. The fragrance of cinnamon and apples wafting out of the kitchen made the already ravenous family so impatient that they didn’t wait till I got my camera and my green tea. The cake was gone in minutes. What you can see below is the last slice of the Dutch Apple Cake. I know the picture didn’t come out well but the cake was extra ordinary. Thank you Julie for sharing. For the recipe please hop onto Julie’s blog […]


Monday 13th of April 2015

I will update you soon...mmmm....


Monday 13th of April 2015

My Dutch apple cake is just out of the oven and it smells amazing. Waiting for my husband so that we can dig in.


Monday 13th of April 2015

The cake is sorry wasvery delicious Julie. Crisp top and airy moist inside with juicy soft apple pieces. And the flavor of cinnamon was amazing. My family didn't wait for the pictures. However there is one slice left thankfully. I will picture that

Julie is Hostess At Heart

Monday 13th of April 2015

I want pics!

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