Delicious Dutch Apple Cake Recipe – Perfect for Fall!

Are you in the mood for a delicious and indulgent dessert that won’t blow your healthy lifestyle? Look no further than this mouth-watering Dutch Apple Cake recipe.

As a nutritionist, I know how challenging it can be to find desserts that are both satisfying and nutrient-dense. That’s why I developed this dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan apple cake – it’s full of wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling energized while satisfying your sweet tooth.

But don’t be fooled by its healthy tag! This cake has a tender crumb and is bursting with tart apple pieces and a warm cinnamon-sugar topping. And it’s incredibly easy to make – all you need are some pantry staples and fresh apples.

So join me in the kitchen and let’s bake up a storm with this delicious Dutch Apple Cake recipe. You won’t regret it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dutch Apple Cake - Dairy Free
Dutch Apple Cake – Dairy Free

Have you ever heard of a Dutch Apple Cake? Well, get ready to fall in love with this delicious dessert, crafted with tender and tart apples, cinnamon, and sugar. The best part is that this recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly – perfect for those who are health-concerned or with dietary restrictions.

Imagine biting into a slice of soft vanilla-scented sponge cake that’s brimming with apple pieces coated in brown sugar and cinnamon. The cake has a delicate crumb paired with crisp and caramelized apple slices layered on top—it’s a texture sensation! Each bite yields a warm taste of comforting spices mingled with fresh apples.

This Dutch Apple Cake is the perfect dessert for any occasion. Be it a cozy gathering at home or an elegant dinner party with family and friends; this cake will undoubtedly impress them all. Its versatility allows it to pair well with many beverages such as coffee, tea, or even your favorite glass of wine.

Not only does this cake taste incredible, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. Even if you’re not an experienced baker, you’ll have no trouble whipping up the batter and assembling the topping. And since it’s vegan and dairy-free, this cake won’t leave you feeling heavy or bloated after indulging in a slice (or two).

In summary, you’ll love this Dutch Apple Cake recipe because:

– It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly

– It’s easy to whip up and assemble

– It tastes heavenly – the combination of vanilla-scented sponge cake and warm apple cinnamon flavors creates an explosion of taste in your mouth

– It’s versatile and pairs wonderfully with many different beverages

Give this Dutch Apple Cake recipe a try and delight your taste buds while keeping up with your healthy lifestyle!

Ingredient List

 Apples, cinnamon, and almond flour are the stars of this show!
Apples, cinnamon, and almond flour are the stars of this show!

Here are the ingredients you will need to create a delicious Dutch Apple Cake that is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

  • 1 and ½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (use egg substitute for vegan option)
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (use soy milk or almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tart apples like Granny Smith, peeled and sliced (for fresh apples), or canned apple pie filling (for convenience)

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Make sure your gluten-free all-purpose flour contains xanthan gum that acts as a binding agent while baking. If not, you may have to add it separately to the recipe ingredients. This cake recipe yields enough servings for a family of four. Get ready for some guilt-free indulgence with fresh apple pieces in every bite!

The Recipe How-To

 This Dutch apple cake is a gluten-free and dairy-free dream!
This Dutch apple cake is a gluten-free and dairy-free dream!

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare the pan: Grease an 8- or 9-inch cake pan or pie dish. Dust it with flour and tap out any excess.

Mix dry ingredients: In a medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Set aside.

Make the batter: In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg until beaten. Add in ½ cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup margarine (or shortening), and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Beat together until creamy.

Add half of the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stirring gently. Then add in ½ cup soy milk (or almond milk) and stir well. Add the other half of the dry ingredients and mix until just barely combined.

Gently fold in 2 cups of peeled, cored, and diced apples. Granny Smith or another tart apple is ideal for this recipe.

Make topping: In a separate small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Add in 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Bake: Pour batter into prepared dish. Spread to ensure an even layer then sprinkle on the topping mix.

Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cake cool before slicing. Serve warm or chilled with whipped topping or ice cream if desired. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Crisp, sweet, and buttery crumble for the perfect crunchy texture!
Crisp, sweet, and buttery crumble for the perfect crunchy texture!

There are a few ways to customize this recipe to fit your dietary preferences or cater to your taste. Let me share with you some of my favorite substitutions and variations:

– Gluten-Free: Substitute the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure the baking powder you use is also labeled gluten-free.

– Paleo: Make this recipe paleo-friendly by swapping the all-purpose flour with almond flour and the margarine with coconut oil. Use paleo-approved sweeteners like coconut sugar or maple syrup instead of white sugar.

– Vegan: This recipe can easily be made vegan by using an egg substitute like applesauce, mashed banana, or a commercial vegan egg replacer. Swap margarine for vegan butter or coconut oil, and use a non-dairy milk like soy or almond milk.

– Apples: While Granny Smith apples work well for this recipe’s tart flavor, feel free to experiment with different apple varieties like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady.

– Toppings: Want to make this apple cake even more irresistible? Top it off with some whipped cream, ice cream, or caramel sauce.

Overall, don’t be afraid to get creative with this recipe and mix up some of the ingredients. The possibilities are endless, and each variation is sure to bring out unique flavors in the cake.

Serving and Pairing

 This recipe will make your kitchen smell like heaven!
This recipe will make your kitchen smell like heaven!

Now that you’ve made this delicious Dutch apple cake, it’s time to serve it up with a few wonderful pairings. This cake makes a great dessert and also pairs well with morning and afternoon coffee or tea.

For an extra kick of cinnamon flavor, try serving your cake alongside a warm cup of cinnamon tea. These two work together perfectly to create a delightful, warm and spicy taste in your mouth. Alternatively, if you’re feeling fancy, you can try pairing your Dutch apple cake with a sweet and crisp dessert wine. A riesling or chardonnay would complement this tart apple recipe quite nicely.

But if you’re not feeling like combining your cake with anything too powerful, you may want to stick with something more basic like a cold glass of non-dairy milk or hot cup of soy latte. These straightforward pairings allow the subtle flavors of the apple cake to shine through.

However you choose to pair it, this Dutch apple cake is sure to impress. The perfect combination of sweet and tart apples, cinnamon spice and the crispy topping will make your taste buds jump for joy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Make this cake your go-to fall dessert!
Make this cake your go-to fall dessert!

Congratulations on making this delicious Dutch apple cake! Now, let’s talk about how we can store, reheat, and even make it ahead of time.

Firstly, if you want to make it a day or two ahead, you can bake the cake as instructed and let it cool completely. Then you can cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can also refrigerate the cake for up to 5 days.

When it comes to reheating, you have a few options. You can either heat each slice in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or in the oven at 300°F for 5-10 minutes. If you prefer your cake warm, this should do the trick. However, make sure not to overheat as it could dry out the cake.

If you have leftover apple cake slices that you don’t plan on eating within a few days, don’t let them go to waste! Instead, you can freeze them individually by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and then placing them into a freezer-safe container or resealable bag. They will keep well for up to three months.

Finally, when serving the reheated Dutch apple cake, feel free to add a dollop of whipped cream or ice-cream on top. Or simply sprinkle some powdered sugar and cinnamon to enhance the flavors.

That’s all there is to it! With these tips on how to make-ahead, store, and reheat this wonderful Dairy-free Dutch Apple Cake recipe efficiently; go ahead and indulge yourself without any worry!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This Dutch apple cake is the answer to all your dessert cravings!
This Dutch apple cake is the answer to all your dessert cravings!

When it comes to baking a Dutch Apple Cake, there are few things that can go wrong. But, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can ensure that your cake turns out perfect every time.

Tip #1: Use tart apples

Tart apples such as Granny Smith are the best choice for this recipe. They hold their shape during baking and have a tangy flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet cinnamon sugar topping.

Tip #2: Don’t skimp on the cinnamon sugar topping

The cinnamon sugar topping is what gives this cake its signature look and flavor. Be sure to generously sprinkle the mixture over the top of the apples before baking for a crunchy, sweet crust.

Tip #3: Use non-dairy margarine or shortening

To keep this recipe dairy-free, make sure to use non-dairy margarine or shortening instead of butter. This will also help keep the cake low-fat.

Tip #4: Use gluten-free flour if necessary

If you need to make this recipe gluten-free, use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. You can also use almond or coconut flour for a paleo-friendly version.

Tip #5: Follow the recipe ingredients and measurements carefully

For best results, be sure to follow the ingredient list and measurements exactly as written in the recipe. Baking is a science, and even small changes can affect the outcome of your cake.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to bake up a delicious Dutch Apple Cake every time. Enjoy!

Bottom Line


Now that you’ve read through this recipe, you know that making a delicious Dutch apple cake can be very easy, even when using only dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients. By using fresh tart apples, reliable vegan substitutes for eggs and butter, and just the right amount of cinnamon, sugar and vanilla extract, you can make a scrumptious apple cake that will brighten up any occasion.

So what are you waiting for? Gather all the ingredients in your kitchen and start baking! Don’t forget to experiment with variations such as adding walnuts, raisins or coconut flakes, or swapping the apples for pears or berries. And if you’re feeling daring, why not try turning this recipe into a vegan apple crumble pie or a French-style tarte aux pommes?

Remember to follow my tips on perfecting the texture and flavor of your cake and serving it warm with some dairy-free vanilla ice cream or a cup of hot tea. This easy yet impressive dessert is sure to impress your guests or satisfy your sweet tooth on a cozy night in.

In conclusion, this Dutch apple cake recipe is an excellent choice for those who seek a healthy and flavorful dessert that is friendly to their dietary restrictions. Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free or simply mindful of what goes into your meals, this cake will surely become a staple in your kitchen repertoire. So go ahead and indulge in this delicious treat – I promise you won’t regret it!

Dutch Apple Cake - Dairy Free

Dutch Apple Cake - Dairy Free Recipe

A yummy desert that is good warm or cold, with or without soy ice cream. (serve with real ice cream if dairy isn't an issue for you).
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dutch
Calories 388 kcal


  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tart apples
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Cut apples thinly, mix with 3 tbs sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • Set aside.
  • Cream together sugar and margarine until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg and beat well.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Sift in flour with baking powder and mix well.
  • Spread half the batter in a greased and floured 8 inch square pan.
  • Place apples in even line, close together on batter.
  • Place remaining batter in lattice fashine (or drop in spoonfuls) on top.
  • Bake for 50 minutes at 350.
  • Serve hot or cold.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 186gCalories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 70.5gProtein: 4.1gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 20.7mgSodium: 169.1mgFiber: 4.8gSugar: 43.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Apple, Bars, Cookie and Brownie, Dairy Free, Dessert, Fruit, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein
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