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Yvonne is passionate about Dutch Apple Cake

March 9, 2021

Yvonne was born in Beverwijk in Northern Holland. Although she and her husband moved to Australia in 1979, her family has returned many times to the Netherlands over the years .

“We felt it was important for our sons to remain connected to their Dutch family,” Yvonne said.

“We did return to live in Holland for a few months but we missed Australia and returned to settle here.”

Yvonne speaks to her sister in the Netherlands most evenings via video call. It is one way for her keep her Dutch language skills alive.

Yvonne has fond memories of baking with her Grandmother (Oma). A family favourite which has also become a favourite of Braeside Park residents is her Dutch Apple cake.  It is a moist and delicious cake, and quite large, so it really lovely to serve at a family gathering. Most come back for seconds


Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Grease and line the bottom of a large cake tin with baking paper.




¼ cup light olive oil

2 eggs

2 cups brown sugar

3 cups of cooked stewed apple

( or cheat and use an 800 gram can of pie apple )

2 cups sifted Self raising flour

1/2 cup of sultanas

1 and a 1/2 teaspoons Dutch cinnamon



Combine oil, sugar and eggs and whisk till light in colour (2 mins )

Add all other ingredients and gentle stir through until well combined.

Pour into cake pan and bake for approx. 1 hour (check centre is cooked with a skewer if unsure as it can vary from 50 mins to just over an hour depending on oven temp)

Serve slices warm or cold with ice cream or whipped cream


Dorothy Clayton has felt very much ‘at home’ since she moved into Braeside Park nine years ago. Now, Dorothy, the village’s volunteer pastoral care worker, tries to ensure that others also feel a sense of belonging in the Berwick village.

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