DUTCH APPLE CAKE (w/Gluten-free Option)

This Dutch Apple Cake recipe is moist, delicious and very easy to make. Use a gluten-free flour for a gluten-free dessert!

Prep Time: 25 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted (use gluten-free)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ cup sugar (or sugar substitute of choice)
  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ t vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup 2% milk (or milk/nut milk of choice)
  • ½ cup raw chopped pecans, if desired


  • 3 medium apples (2 honey crisp, 1 granny smith or your choice)
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar (or pure maple syrup or honey)
  • 1 T brown sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup or honey to 1/3 cup)


  • Preheat the oven at 375 degrees.
  • Grease (or use baking spray) a 9-inch springform pan or metal baking dish. Set aside. (Line bottom w/parchment paper if desired)
  • 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. Cut slices in half.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, add the apples, cinnamon, both sugars, or maple syrup. Toss until the apples are evenly coated.
  • Next, pour the batter into the greased pan. Spread the batter and place the apple topping 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. Enjoy!

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