Stove-Top Holiday Apple Cake


This Christmas cake is reminiscent of old-fashioned steamed pudding that is cooked in a Dutch oven. It's a spice cake loaded with dried apricots and a hint of molasses.

Stove-Top Holiday Apple Cake
Photo: James Carriere
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Cool Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 1 21 ounce can apple pie filling

  • 1 cup snipped dried apricots

  • 1 Candied Fruit Sauce and/or Orange Butter Sauce


  1. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan (10- to 12-cup); set aside. In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds; beat in brown sugar until well combined. Add eggs and molasses; beat well (mixture will look curdled). Stir in pie filling and apricots. Add flour mixture all at once to pie-filling mixture; stir until well combined.

  3. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Place pan on rack in Dutch oven containing 1 inch of water. Cover tube pan with foil; press foil tightly against rim of pan.

  4. Bring water to boiling; reduce heat. Cover Dutch oven; steam for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Carefully add additional boiling water as needed to maintain water level.

  5. Remove pan from Dutch oven; remove foil. Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 30 minutes. Invert cake onto serving plate; remove pan. Wrap cooled cake in foil; refrigerate up to 10 days. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

To Serve:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place chilled foil-wrapped cake on baking sheet. Bake 40 minutes or until warmed through. Cool slightly. Serve warm with desired sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
11g Fat
60g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 342mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 5g
Calcium 121.2mg 9%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 384mg 8%
Folate, total 56.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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