Saturday, September 4, 2010

At Last: Danish Æblekage

Æblekage, or Apple Cake, is a Danish specialty that I've wanted to make for a long time.  Recently I stumbled upon a quick and easy recipe that looked delicious.  I rounded up our little harvest of apples from a teeny tiny tree that we have in our front garden.  Aside from what had fallen on the ground, I picked seven small apples, most of which had been invaded by worms.  But still, even with the spots cut out, I had enough for my apple cake.

I find it odd that the Danes call this recipe Æblekage, because to me it's not a cake at all.  It's a cross between a trifle and a crumble.  But I suppose it's a matter of semantics, because the Danes refer to many desserts as "cake."  What's more, the Danes have many versions of æblekage, but this layered one seems to be the most popular.

I absolutely love that the apple and whipped cream layers of this dessert contain no sugar and truly, why bother?  The crunchy oat mix is sweet enough so that when your spoon is loaded with a bit of apple, oats, and whipped cream, you have the perfect mouth-pleasing dessert.  Having said that, if you'd like an extra bit of sweetness, add a tablespoon of sugar to the apples during the cooking process, and/or a splash of maple syrup to the whipped cream during the beating stage.

Translated from the Danish women's magazine Alt for Damerne

3-4 apples (preferably a somewhat sour variety)
1/2c sugar
2T butter
1 1/2c oats
a handful of roasted, chopped nuts, such as almonds or hazelnuts
1c heavy whipping cream

1.  Peel and core apples and chop in thin slices.

2.  Place apples in a saucepan with a few tablespoons of water, cover, and cook over medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes.  Do not boil.  When apples are tender, remove from the heat and cool.

3.  In another saucepan, combine the sugar and butter and melt over medium-low heat, stirring often.  Add oatmeal and nuts and stir until the sugar and butter mix completely coats the oatmeal and nuts.  Cook carefully until the mix is golden brown, stirring every couple of minutes. Watch this part closely because you don't want the mix to burn.  Remove from heat and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes to cool.

4.  In a smallish, clear glass dish, spoon in half of apple mix.  Cover with half of oat mix.  Repeat.  For the size of dish that I used I had two layers of apples and two of the oatmeal mix, but if you use a smaller dish, you will obviously have more layers.  The recipe does not make a lot, so steer clear of a large dish.

5.  In a mixing bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff.  Spread on top of the cake, sprinkle with a little cinnamon, and serve.


  1. thanks for the enlightenment on this particular matter :D

    I have always thought that æblekage are only served in the round version that you eat with jam and powdered sugar. Never knew that there is a version of the real "kage"

  2. This is one of my most favourite Danish treats. My mom used to make it for Sunday coffee time.

  3. I made this today. It was delicious! Being from the South, I thought how could it possibly be any good with only 2 TBps of butter and 1/2 cup of sugar, but it was very good. Even my family loved it. I added some cinnamon to the apples while cooking and a 1 tsp of powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla to the whip cream. Mmm, Mmm good. Much healthy version of my apple cobbler.

  4. Thanks for your comments all! I'm so glad you like it!

  5. Thanks for this post! Our Girl Scout troop has Denmark for thinking day and we have to serve a Danish treat. We're going to make Aeblekage and serve it in little Dixie Cups. I actually used Panko instead of the oats and it's delicious. I guess it's also called cake because if you chill it, it kind of solidifies? I'm not sure because I just made a mini version and it's still in the crunchy stage. In a few hours I'll know whether it turned to cake. Thanks for the visual and peek into your life in Denmark.

  6. Hi Cookie Madness, your version sounds great! I have to say that Danes use the term "cake" for lots of desserts. It's not cake in the same sense that we Americans think of cake, but it's cake nonetheless for Danes. Thanks for checking out my blog!

  7. Hi i am from denmark :) and there are a lot of ways to make the apple cake (Æblekage). U can look it up anywere and just translate it to english. I'm making one as a pie instead with moshed apples because i dont like this version.
    anyway, just wanted to drop off a comment, that i think it is so great that other countries enjoy our little country here and our specialities. Next, try remolade :)