Sue's Dutch Apple Cake

This apple cake is a favourite supplied by Gemma from the Tui Team. With a touch of spice from the cinnamon it makes the perfect morning or afternoon treat. Serve warm with custard in the winter or with yoghurt and ice cream in the summer.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 125g melted butter
  • 1 C self raising flour
  • Rind of 1 lemon
  • 3 apples, peeled and chopped up
  • Cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling on top

Note this cake is baked in a ring cake tin - a cake tin with a tube up the centre to leave a hole in the middle of the cake.

  1. Turn oven onto bake 180 degrees celsius
  2. Beat the eggs and the sugar
  3. Melt the butter, cool and add to the eggs and sugar
  4. Add the self raising flour, lemon rind and apples to the mixture and mix to combine
  5. Pour into a greased ring cake tin
  6. Sprinkle with a generous amount of cinnamon and sugar
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes

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Sue's Dutch Apple Cake Comments

  • Easy to make cake and is lovely and moist. love it.

    dawn ferguson

  • I'm going to try it first (since dawn had a great review) so I look forward to the outcome...if successful, have the whole class cooking for their own for morning tea...I'l let you know the end result...

    Mr Ekepati

  • Thanks for the great feedback Dawn, and we hope you class enjoys in Mr Ekepati! - Gemma (Tui Team)


  • This recipe is wonderful. I have mae it twice now; first for the ffamily, then for the cast of my son's play; both times a stand-out success. It is so easy to make, too!


  • Hi Wynne, thanks for the feedback that is great the recipe has been such a hit for you! - Gemma (Tui Team)


  • Have made this cake twice in the past week, once for an Embroidery group afternoon tea and the second time as part of a Fishing Club shared meal. Both times served with cream. Has been very successful and is lovely


  • Hi Caryll, that is great to hear it has been a success for you, thank you for letting us know! - Gemma (Tui Team)


  • Hi Could you tell me how many apples unfortunately the serves how many has gone across the amount of apples. I will try the cake this weekend


  • Hi Teresa, 3 apples. Thanks for letting us know we will look into that. Gemma (Tui Team)


  • Just wondering if you are able to put a print option on your recipes? :) I like to print them off and pop into a folder. Trying this one this arvo.


  • Hi Cathy, thank you for your question. The print option is available at the top right, just under the recipe name - it is a green icon with 'print' next to it. Hope this helps! Thanks, Tui Team


  • Beautiful cake, so easy, I used half apple, half pear in the recipe and added cinnamon to the mix. delicious


  • Great idea Meryl, thanks for sharing! Jenna - Tui Team


  • So any type of apple?


  • Going to try it this weekend. Thanks. Btw, I was unable to find the print option either. No icon showing on my screen. :)


  • I once had a microwave recipe called "Apple Sauce Spice Cake" that used stewed apple cinnamon etc, and because it was always at hand it was lost the recipe in a kitchen fire. I have searched for the recipe in every book I could find, without success. It was made in a ring tin and cooked for only 12 minutes, but I cannot remember the details of the recipe. I'd love someone to produce a similar recipe again. Please.

    Gaynor McCartney

  • Hi Maria, yes any type of apple will work for this cake. Thanks! Tui Team


  • Hi Marg, that's great we hope you enjoy it! Thanks for letting us know we will speak to our web people about the print button. Thanks, Gemma - Tui Team


  • I think there is a print button but it is hidden behind the "I recommend this" at the top of the page so that icon needs to be moved. I saw it when I tried to copy and paste the recipe ...Debbie


  • If you can't print it just copy and paste. I do this and paste to a blank Word document


  • No print option on mine either


  • Have no ring tin could a round cake tin be used


  • Wow, just made this dutch apple cake, yummy, althought I added some baked rhubbard and 1/2 tes..vanilla, family loved it...So much you can change in this cake, and nice with cream or ice-cream. Sure will make this again. .


  • Hi Edna, thank you for getting in touch. We have only ever tried this cake using a ring tin. Let us know how you get on if you do end up trying it in a round cake tin. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • Hi Vicki, thank you for this feedback. We have our web company looking into this issue. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team


  • Hi Edna I don't have a ring tin either. I grease up a jar (butter, oil or whatever suits) and pop it in the middle of a round tin. You'll need to be a bit careful as you spoon in the mixture, but it's not too tricky. Saves buying a ring tin and works beautifully. Wait for ten minutes or so before taking out the jar. Now I'll have to try that with this recipe!


  • Beautiful recipe: Thanks


  • This is an excellent recipe. I have made it several times. I have also added some blueberries to the mix. Very nice indeed.


  • A big tick from me. My daughter said it tasted like something from the bakery. Will definitely do this again.


  • Fantastic Vive! Thanks for your feedback. - Tui Team


  • I made this cake using pears for a change. Turned out just as lovely as the apples. Nice :-*

    Jan Madigan

  • Hi Jan, that's great to know. Thanks for sharing this idea :) - Tui Team


  • I have a very similar recipe and use feijoas, instead of apples or half and half with apples, which is always popular and serve it with yogurt instead of cream.


  • Hi Lynley, that sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your variation :) - Tui Team


  • You can use a plain round tin for most recipes calling for a ring pan - just use a small empty tin can (with the paper removed) in the centre of your regular round cake pan.

    Jennifer Bennett

  • Nice and easy... I like that! Good idea from another comment suggesting adding rhubarb. Going to make this in the next couple of days...yum!

    Helen Hill

  • Great tip, thanks for sharing Jennifer! - Tui Team


  • Hi Helen, sounds delicious! Enjoy :) - Tui Team


  • Have just made this cake, easy recipe, the cake is delicious,very moist. Well bake again.

    Bronwyn Flemming

  • Fantastic to hear Bronwyn, thanks for your feedback! - Tui Team


  • Can this be made using gluten free flour .


  • Hi Lona, we haven't tried it with gluten free flour but you could give it a go. Let us know how you get on! Thanks, Tui Team


  • I made this adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture and using raw sugar and Gala apples. Will lower the sugar next time

    Ann B

  • Hi, do the eggs need to be beaten till thick and pale or just frothy with sugar dissolved, just wondered as receipe doesn't say, thought it might affect texture of the cake?


  • Hi Denise, the eggs and sugar need to be beaten until mixed and frothy. We hope you enjoy the recipe, Tui Team.


  • I have made it with gluten free flour and it worked wonderfully. I used an apple, some feijoas and some leftover pineaple and it was really tasty with a bit of ground ginger and pinch of salt. I only put sugar, no cinnamon, on top.

    Yvonne Barnes

  • Sounds lovely Yvonne, thanks for sharing! - Tui Team


  • I have made this a few times now and its always a hit. I have also made it with pears when I haven't had apples and its just as nice, served with yogurt or cream


  • Great to hear Helen, thank you for sharing your feedback! - Tui Team


  • Mmmmmm, heerlijk

    Gemma kleyn

  • I found this recipe on online three months ago when looking for ideas for my husband.He had to have all his teeth out and new ones ,,he had to wait three months.Finding easy,nutrition and easy to eat food was a great challenge for me,and the best recipe was this apple cake.thank you.


  • Could you please clarify how much cinnamon and sugar should be sprinkled on top.


  • Hi Lynne, we suggest adding cinnamon and sugar to taste - start with a light sprinkle over the cake and you can always add more if preferred. Thanks, Tui Team


  • This is my favorite cake for taking to a function. Every last crumb is always cleaned up. I made it with gluten-free flour last week and I think it was even tastier than usual. Making it again today for a work morning tea and will be gluten free again.

    Jennifer Barnes

  • I should have added that I use Apple Spice Cake spice to the cake and mix that with sugar for the topping.

    Jennifer Barnes

  • Hi Jennifer, thanks for your feedback. It's great to hear you have made this cake gluten free with ease and it still tastes delicious. Thanks also for the tip on the apple spice cake spice! Happy cooking ^Tui Team


  • Hi Lona, confirming we have had feedback on this cake been made with gluten free flour with success. Happy cooking ^Tui Team


  • I make this recipe a lot and it never fails to please.

    Jenny Barnes

    • That's great to hear, thank you for your feedback. Happy gardening and cooking!

      Tui Team

  • looking forward to making this with Almond meal


  • I've made this cake and experimented with it several times since seeing this recipe on the 'Tui' news letter. It has always been a winner with friends and family. My favourite so far has been to replace the apples with chopped up pears, and put in chopped up crystallised ginger in place of the lemon rind. MMMMM Delicious.

    Pat McAllister

  • The colleagues loved this cake when I made it for a work morning tea and a number wanted the recipe. Light sponge-like cake with lovely chunks of apple and a citrus hit. Don't skimp on the cinnamon sugar topping either as its delicious!

    O Wilson

  • I don't have cake ring tin, so created one using a small coconut milk can in the centre with baking paper around it and filled it with water. I also added a handful of sultanas to the mix, very yummy cake.


  • This is such a yummy, moist, easy to make cake! I love it and have made it 3 times! I use Monty's Surprise apples which go lovely and soft :)

    Cheryll Butters