Speculaas apple cake

    1 hour 50 min

    A wonderfully spiced Dutch apple cake. In the Netherlands speculaas spices are quite common in baking round this time of the year (October, November and December). This recipe is one of my own, after a few trial bakes I've been very happy with this result!


    Groningen, Netherlands
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    Serves: 6 

    • 250g golden caster sugar
    • 250g butter, softened
    • 250g self-raising flour
    • 4 large eggs
    • 5 teaspoons speculaas spice mix (see footnote)
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large cooking apples - peeled, cored and cut into 5mm slices
    • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:1hr25min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Preheat your oven on 160 C / Gas 2/3. Line a 24cm round tin with parchment.
    2. First add the sugar and softened butter to a bowl, and mix until smooth. Add 1/3 of the flour and mix well. Add the eggs and mix again until smooth. Add the rest of the flour and spices and mix till smooth. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth out with the back of a spoon.
    3. Mix in your apple slices with a pinch of cinnamon and spread them evenly all over the cake.
    4. Bake your cake for 85 minutes. Test with a skewer to see if it's done. If not, wait another 5 minutes.
    5. When the cake is done leave out to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin. Remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack. Eat warm or cold, with a nice cuppa and some whipped cream on the side!

    Speculaas spice mix

    Speculaas spices are popular in the Netherlands and in Germany around autumn and Christmas. It's a mix of aromatic spices, chiefly cinnamon, similar to mixed spice. You can make your own with this recipe, or in a pinch you can use mixed spice.

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    Lovely recipe! Will be making again. P.S it is definitely worth making the Spekulatius spice mix to use in this recipe!  -  28 Sep 2014


    Very good recipe! I modified it a bit. Used 440 g of apples and 60 g thinly sliced rhubarb ( all I had in my garden today) Nice rise. Good colour. Yum  -  11 May 2014


    Delicious!! I had to bake it for an extra 10 minutes in my oven. The taste is wonderful, absolutely a must-try! thanks for the recipe, Martijn :-)  -  13 Dec 2013