Aeblekage, or apple cake is the end to a traditional Danish Christmas celebration. If you bake this cake shortly before your guests arrive, the sweet aroma of baking apples will fill the air, making your home feel warm, cozy and welcoming.

It is a great way to finish off a meal, and send your guests home with a smile.  But be sure to save some for breakfast the next day

This recipe is included in our Danish Christmas Holiday Planning Guide

Apple Cake (AEBLEKAGE)

Apple Cake (AEBLEKAGE)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flower
  • 2 peeled apples, 1 diced and one sliced
  • 1/8-1/4 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Dots of butter


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease tube pan.

2. Cream the butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add the eggs, one a time, along with the vanilla extract.

4. Add the dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, and baking powder.

5. Mix until well blended.

6. Prepare the apples. Slice one up thinly, and dice the other.

7. Mix the diced apples into the stiff batter

8. Spoon batter into the greased pan

9. Top with the other, thinly sliced apple in a pinwheel pattern.

10. In a small bowl, mix together chopped walnuts and brown sugar.

11. Sprinkle over the top of the cake and dot with butter

12. Bake for 40-45 minutes and test with a toothpick. When it comes out clean the cake is done.