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Dutch Oven Apple Cake

Dutch Oven Apple Cake is delightfully easy, anytime of the year cake the whole family will enjoy; deliciously topped with ice cream, caramel, or both.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cake
Servings: 8
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Ned Adams
Cost: $6


  • 3.5 quart enamled Dutch oven
  • 10-inch enamled cast iron skillet


Fresh Apples

  • 16 oz apples about 4 peeled and cored apples or 6 cups diced
  • 1 cup water

Dried Apples

  • 4 oz dried apples
  • cup water boiling


  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon apple pie spice works too
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (large)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¾ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F

Fresh Apples

  • Peel, slice, and core the apples. (see notes)
  • Add the fresh apples and water to an enameled Dutch oven and bring to a boil.
  • Allow the apples to boil for 2-3 minutes, drain all the water. Some clinging or residual water is ok.

Dried Apples

  • Add the dried apples and water to an enameled Dutch oven and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 2-3 minutes, stiring gently allowing all the apples to absorb the water to rehydrate.
  • Only ⅛" of water should remain in the bottom; if remaining, pour off any excess.


  • Sprink the white sugar then the cinnamon over the apples in the Dutch oven
  • In a medium bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, egg, sour cream, and vanilla extract together. (see notes)
  • Combine the flour and baking soda.
  • Slow mix in the flour into the creamed ingredients.
  • Pour the batter over the spiced apples, smoothing it out, making it even.
  • Bake for 30 minutes UNCOVERED.
  • Once a toothpick comes out clean, remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm with your choice of toppings (ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream, etc.)


Fresh Apples: To keep the fresh apples from browning, place them in a bowl of cool water, enough to cover with either some salt or lemon juice. Drain and rinse before preparing the cake. 
Cake batter: It's perfectly acceptable to mix both the wet and the dry ingredients at the same time; it's a matter of personal preference. 


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 327IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg