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Old-fashioned Danish Apple Cake i glass

Old-fashioned Danish Apple Cake

Recipe for Old-fashioned Danish Apple Cake
Traditional Danish dessert with apple puree, apple cake crumble, macaroons and whipped cream
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Cooling 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Danish
Servings 4 people
Calories 541 kcal


Apple puree:

  • 1 kg apples peeled, core removed and cut into cubes.
  • 2 dl water
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 50 g sugar

Apple cake crumble:

  • 25 g butter
  • 25 g sugar
  • 50 g bread crumbs or oatmeal

Other stuff:

  • ¼ l whipping cream
  • 6 danish macaroons
  • Decorate with red currant gel or apple gel and crushed macaroons


First make the apple puree:

  • Put apple cubes, water and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  • When the apples start to break down, add the sugar. Cook the puree over low heat until it has the consistency you want. I think there should be some apple pieces left. Depending on the apple variety and the size of your apple cubes, it takes about 15 minutes.
  • When you are satisfied with the consistency, you taste the puree to see if it needs more sugar. For danish apple cake, the apple puree should be a little acidic, as the rest of the elements in the dessert are sweet. It is therefore important that it does not become too sweet.
  • When you are satisfied with the taste and consistency, the porridge must cool down before it goes into the dessert.

Meanwhile, make the apple crumble:

  • Melt butter in a pan. Mix the bread crumbs and sugar together and add it to the melted butter. Fry the crumble until golden, and begin to lump together slightly. Then take it off and cool down on a baking sheet.

Serving the dessert:

  • Now the desserts need to be assembled. First put a layer of apple puree in the bottom of the glasses, and sprinkle with 1-2 tbsp. apple cake crumble.
  • Crush the macaroons in your hands and spread them on top of the crumble.
  • Put another layer of apple puree on top.
  • Whip the cream to a soft whipped cream and spread it on top of the desserts. Garnish with red currant gel or apple gel, and sprinkle if necessary with slightly crushed macaroons on top. Now the dessert is ready to serve.


We always serve this dessert in a glass. But if you would rather serve it in a large bowl, you can easily do so. Then make 3 layers of apple puree with 2 layers of crumble and macaroons in between. Top with whipped cream and garnish with jelly.
If you want crunch with more texture, then you can make it from oatmeal. Just replace the bread crumbs with oatmeal and follow the recipe.
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