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Cheat's Danish Apple Cake - Gammeldags Æblekage - served on a board with spoons in individual glasses.
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Cheat’s Danish Apple Cake (Gammeldags Æblekage)

Cheat’s Danish Apple Cake (Gammeldags Æblekage) – this traditional Danish dessert consists of layers of sweetened stewed apple with vanilla and oaty biscuit crumbs which are topped with a layer of whipped cream and a grating of dark chocolate. If you can't get hold of Bramley apples (cooking apples) then just use all dessert apples.
Course Dessert, Pudding
Cuisine Danish
Keyword Apple, chilled, danish, traditional, æblekage
Prep Time 23 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 6
Author Camilla Hawkins


  • 500 g Bramley apples
  • 500 g dessert apples
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g oaty biscuits eg Hobnobs
  • 300 ml whipping cream
  • 15 g grated dark chocolate


  • Fill a pan with water.
  • Peel, core and finely slice apples and drop into water.
  • Drain, add 1 tbsp water and stew apples with 3 tbsp sugar and vanilla sugar under a lid until tender (about 10 - 15 minutes).
  • Transfer cooked apple to a bowl and allow to cool.
  • Whip the cream until softly stiff, then pop in fridge.
  • Put the oaty biscuits in a bowl and crush with the back of a rolling pin until you have irregular crumbs. Using a food processor just turns the biscuits into too fine a crumb I find.
  • Once the apple has cooled put a layer of apple and biscuit crumbs into 6 serving glasses/goblets or one large bowl and repeat layers.
  • Top with a layer of cream and decorate with grated chocolate.
  • Serve straight away or chill until for up to a couple of hours until needed. You want the biscuit to remain as crisp as possible.



Instead of oaty biscuits you can also use Amarettini biscuits, granola or another biscuit of your choice! Ginger biscuits would be fab to ring the changes. For ease you can prepare all the elements of this dessert the day before you need it and just put together at the last minute before serving! To grate the chocolate I find a potato peeler does the best job!