Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Cake

Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Cake Recipe

My mom brought me this recipe, its from Karen Bentley, a member of her church. We haven’t tried it yet, but I have it on good authority that it’s amazing.

I don’t think I’m going to put raisins in mine, my family is NOT a fan, but overall it sounds wonderful. Here’s the recipe, and a photo from another blog. I’ll post my photo when I get the cake made!

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Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Cake Recipe

Author Carrie Hill


  • 1/2 C. Shortening
  • 2 C. Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 C All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 T Hot Water NO MORE
  • 5 C Apples peeled & cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 C Dark Raisins or not, maybe some other dried fruit?
  • 1 C Chopped Walnuts


  1. Cream together shortening and sugar, then beat in eggs and vanilla
  2. Sift dry ingredients into egg mixture, stir in 2 Tbsp water, then blend well, but don't over-stir.
  4. Fold in raisins, nuts and apples until well distributed
  5. Spray and flour a 13x9 pan
  6. Spread batter evenly with the back of a wet spoon, it will be quite thick
  7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 60-70 minutes & test for doneness with a toothpick, when toothpick is removed from center of cake and it is clean, the cake is done
  8. Remove from oven and let cool, serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

photo credit: A’lil Country Sugar

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Can you use canned apples