Classic Fresh Dutch Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze


Like caramel apples? Then you'll melt over this Dutch apple cake with caramel glaze recipe. It features everything you remember about the classic fall dessert--mixed into a cinnamon-scented cake.

Classic Dutch Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 7 apples (preferably organic)

  • 3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground cinnamon (preferably Ceylon) or 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ¼ cup chopped pecans

  • 1 recipe Caramel Glaze

Caramel Glaze

  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • cup packed dark brown sugar

  • cup packed light brown sugar

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • Pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter and flour a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. Peel apples; quarter, core and cut each quarter in half lengthwise, then crosswise (16 pieces from each apple).

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; set aside.

  3. In a very large mixing bowl whisk eggs to combine. Whisk in oil, sugars, and vanilla until well-blended. Gradually whisk in the flour mixture just until well blended. Fold apples and pecans into batter (batter will be thick and just coat apples). Turn into prepared pan, spreading to edges of pan.

  4. Bake about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack while preparing glaze. Spoon glaze over warm cake.

Caramel Glaze

  1. In a medium skillet, melt butter. Add dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, whipping cream, and salt. Cook and stir until blended over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Increase heat and boil for 2 minutes or until dime-size bubbles cover the surface of the glaze. Remove from heat. Cool about 5 minutes or until glaze begins to thicken. Spoon over cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

568 Calories
35g Fat
62g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 568
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 163mg 3%
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
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.