Danish Apple Cake – Æblekage
Usually when I have apples to use and the urge to bake, I make German Apple Cake or Deutches Apfel Kuchen. However, since I decided to explore some new recipes this year, I needed to find another option. While looking for European recipes on one of my favorite sites, Global Table Adventure, I came across this recipe for Danish Apple Cake or Æblekage.
This recipe was submitted to Global Table Adventure by a reader from Denmark. Global Table Adventure changed a bit around and the result is the recipe you’ll see below.
This simple recipe uses ingredients you probably already have.
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
The walnuts are a lovely crunchy topping. But if you need to skip that ingredient because of allergies or for any other reason, it’s not a big deal. The cake stands on it own.
Everything came together so smoothly and smelled delicious from the start.
I have some round pans, but they’re not very high. In a last minute decision, I went for one of my mom’s Pyrex bread pans. This was a great substitution and came out perfectly.
Danish Apple Cake | Æblekage Recipe
Danish Apple Cake | Æblekage
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 small apple diced
- 1 small apple sliced
- ⅛-¼ cup brown sugar
- ⅛-¼ cup walnuts chopped
- dots butter
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C)
- Cream Butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy
- Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract.
- Add dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, and baking powder.
- Mix until well incorporated and remember to scrape the sides as you go.
- Peel and dice one of the apples and mix into the batter.
- Pour into the baking dish of your choice.
- Peel and thinly slice the other apple. Top the cake with this apple.
- Topping: Mix sugar and walnuts and sprinkle over cake. Add dots of butter on top of everything.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Check the cake at 45 minutes by inserting a toothpick into it, if it comes out clean, you're ready, if not, pop it back in for another 15 minutes or so.
While the original recipe uses a round cake pan, I think this bread pan worked like a dream. Plenty of crisp edges all around, and it sliced beautifully.
I didn’t notice the enticing aroma of the cake until I went outside to take some trash out to the can. Upon coming back into the house, I could smell all of the goodness baking in the oven. The apples and cinnamon, the brown sugar and walnuts. I couldn’t wait to dive in.
This dessert is a perfect use of extra apples you have from the store or a fall afternoon spent apple picking.
Every Sunday in Germany, people participate in Kaffee und Kuchen. The literal translation being: Coffee and Cake. Gather with friends or family, or enjoy the afternoon by yourself taking time to sit and relax. During this time enjoy some coffee and cake. It’s as simple as that! This tradition dates back to the 17th century as a way to remind people to stop and slow down for a bit.1
Is this Danish Apple Cake something you’ll be baking next? What else do you like to make with apples? Let us know in the comments.