One of my best friends from St. Andrews was a talented baker. He often whipped up cakes and other treats during exams or on the weekends. It was an easy way to bring everyone together to catch up and enjoy his culinary masterpieces. Many of his recipes were family recipes he brought from home. Despite his Swedish heritage, this cake originates from The Netherlands. Adapted from his recipe, this simplified Dutch Apple Cake recipe is delicious and can be whipped up in a pinch. It's perfect as an easy holiday potluck contribution, or as a way to destress from final exams. 

Dutch Apple Cake

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Total Time:45 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Easy


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tart apples
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400ºF. Peel and slice the apples, set aside.

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  • Step 2

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar.

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  • Step 3

    Add the butter, milk, and eggs and fold to combine (but don't over mix!)

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  • Step 4

    In a greased dish, pour in the batter and arrange the apple slices on top.

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  • Step 5

    Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and raisins on top.

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  • Step 6

    Bake at 400ºF for 25 minutes or until golden

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