Old Fashion Danish Apple Cake

It is that time of year! Fall is here 🙂

With fall comes lots and lots of apples (and other great crops too), so of course we are going to make an Old Fashion Danish Apple Cake.

It is really rather simple and tastes so great. So let’s begin.


Apple mush:
10 apples of your favourite kind, or a mix of apples. We like sour apples for this recipe, but you can use sweet ones too if you like.
1 vanilla bean
1 tablespoon sugar
1 lemon



Peel and core the apples and cut them into smaller pieces. Put them in a large pot.
Pour the juice from one lemon and some water to cover the bottom of the pot. (You don’t need very much).
Scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean and on the cutting board mix it with the sugar. This step is important to make the vanilla seeds separate from each other. Then add the sugar and vanilla to the pot as well as the empty vanilla bean.
Cook the apples on high heat for 10-15 minutes with a lid on. Stir once in a while.
Turn off heat and let cool.
With a hand blender or potato masher, mush the apples till you have a fairly uniform texture. Some people like to have lumps in their cake, some don’t, so you pick what you like. We like it smooth.
Now the apple part is done.


Nut crunch:
4 handfuls of mixed nuts and oats. We used one handful of each, hazelnuts, almonds, oats and walnuts.
roughly 60 g (1/4 cup) of butter, you might need to add a bit more.
Sugar to your liking. We used about 100 g (1/2 cup). Add as much or as little as you like.


Chop the nuts and oats in a food processor till desired size.
Melt the butter and sugar in a large pan. Wait till the sugar has dissolved and starts to bubble, then add the nuts and oats. Stir continuously to avoid burning, and remove from heat once the nuts have gotten a nice golden colour and smells nice and toasted.
If the mixture is too dry when you stir, you can add a bit more butter.

Pour onto a piece of parchment paper and let it cool.

Whip 1/2 liter (2 cups) of whipping cream.

Now it is time to assemble the cake.
You can do this two ways: Make the cake in a large glass bowl or let your guests make their own in a smaller glass.
We did ours in smaller glasses.

First scoop a spoonful of apple mush into the glass, then the nut crunch. Repeat once or twice more and finish with a dollop of whipped cream 🙂


And there you have the most delicious and easy to make fall dessert.


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