Saturday, September 19, 2009

Danish Apple Cake

This is a recipe my mom has made for as long as I can remember. She probably baked it before I was born. At our house, it always heralded the arrival of new fall apples and a cold snap in the air. It's not overly sweet, which makes it popular with people who aren't big on cakes or desserts. It's perfect for tea on a cold afternoon. However, it's best served slightly warm from the oven. Don't get me wrong, it's perfectly good cold, but a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on a piece of warm apple cake with one of Cleo's fancy coffee drinks -- yum!

Danish Apple Cake

1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1/3 cup milk

6 - 8 large apples


1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

The dough can be made by hand, however, it's a breeze in a food processor. Just be sure to use the dough blade.

1. Peel and core the apples, and slice. I usually quarter the apples and cut each quarter into 4 slices. Set aside.

2. Preheat the oven to 425.

For the dough --

3. Cut the butter into four pieces and place in food processor. Add the flour and the baking powder. Pulse until thoroughly mixed, scraping the sides a couple of times.

4. Add the egg and the milk and pulse into a ball. Do not over-process or it will be sticky.

5. Lightly butter a large baking sheet with a lip around the edge. Press the dough into the pan or roll out it lightly. If it's sticky, use just a bit of flour on top to roll it out easily.

6. Place the apples on top of the dough in rows so that they barely overlap one another.

7. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the topping --

8. Mix the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a smooth paste. I use a mini food-processor.

9. When the apples have finished baking, remove from oven and turn the temperature down to 325.

10. Drop bits of the paste topping over the apples as uniformly as possible.

11. Return to the oven and bake at 325 for an additional 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the whipping cream and the coffee.

You're on your own for the coffee or tea!

For the cream --

1. Whip 1 cup of heavy cream.

2. When it begins to take shape, add 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Whip briefly.

Remove the Danish Apple Cake from the oven and let stand a few minutes. Cut into squares, top with a dollop of whipped cream, and enjoy your afternoon!



  1. Oh my goodness! That looks soooo good. You and Cleo are going to be the ruination of me this week. I going to be baking some apples. :)

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  2. I love Danish apple cake and you make this look so beautiful. Okay, it's obviously apple season, with you and Cleo. I'm baking...I'm baking... Thanks!

  3. Now THAT's a cake to serve company! Beautiful! I love that your mother made this, Krista, thank you so much for sharing it. (With literally bags and bags of apples in the NYC groceries and green markets now, we cannot post enough apple recipes!)

    Have a great Saturday,

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  4. This was the time of the year we always used to go apple picking. But the kids have outgrown that... and the fall is so busy these days. I remember making apple-everything not all that long ago. But I never attempted anything this beautiful! Thanks, Krista!


  5. Oh, my gosh! That's gorgeous, and sounds heavenly. My Mom and I were talking apple pie and apple dumplings just yesterday. But, this sounds wonderful.

  6. This looks lovely -- the pictures had me
    positively drooling -- what a fabulous
    recipe to hand down. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Thanks, everyone. It's really not hard to make and it's always popular. It just takes a little time to cut up all the apples, but then, you have to do that for any apple recipe.

  8. Sounds wonderful. Apples are my favorite fruit to bake with. We lived in apple country and I've always looked forward to the new crop so we could do lots of baking.