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Dutch Apple CAke

This Dutch Apple Cake is the perfect breakfast or tea-time treat. It's subtly sweet with just a hint of spice and full of fresh apple flavor. The cake is incredibly moist due to both the buttermilk and sour cream. It's an easy-to-make crowd pleaser!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, cake, Dessert
Cuisine dutch
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 226 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg freshly grated if possible
  • 1/2 cup Butter softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Sour cream creme fraiche or plain yogurt works too
  • 1/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 3-4 Apples, peeled & sliced into thin half moons (14 oz. or about 2 1/2 cups)
  • Powdered sugar, sifted to finish


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Grease a 9 or 10-inch springform pan. Place on a rimmed baking sheet (just in case your pan is prone to leaking).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl of a stand mixer or using an electric hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for about 3 minutes until fluffy and light. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the vanilla.
  • Combine the sour cream and buttermilk together in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  • Turn the mixer to low speed. Alternate between adding the flour mixture and sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Don't overmix.
  • Stir in the apples using a spatula or wooden spoon. Transfer the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the center of the cake is lightly golden and set. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack and remove the outer ring of the springform pan. Once cooled, dust generously with powdered sugar. Slice and serve.


*Note: Bake time varies according to the juiciness of the apples and the pan size.
Recipe adapted from The View From Great Island.
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