Classic Apple Crumb Cake. Layers of fluffy vanilla cake, cinnamon sugar apples and crumbly streusel topping.
Happy Monday everyone! And happy November! I can’t believe this time next month we’ll all be getting ready for Christmas. Don’t you feel like this year has just flown by? I am excited to share lots of festive bakes this December on the blog. To be honest I think I’ve been planning all my Christmas recipes since the summer! Anyone else guilty of doing this? 😉
Today I’m sharing this gorgeous apple crumb cake. It would be perfect paired with hot mug of coffee or tea to warm you up on a chilly autumn or winter day.
The reason I decided to bake this apple crumb cake is because my grandparents kindly gave me an entire box full of apples from a relative’s apple tree (the perks of being a food blogger!), and I promised to bake something in return.
When I started brainstorming some possible recipes to use the apples in, two autumnal bakes in particular sprung straight to mind. Apple cake and apple crumble are two firm favourite desserts of my family. This apple crumb cake combines the two desserts and is everything a great crumb cake should be. The best part about this cake is the generous thick streusel topping. So if you’re like me and really like streusel, I know you’ll enjoy this recipe a lot!
Prior to baking the cake I tossed the sliced apples in cinnamon and sugar. The cinnamon adds a warm spiced flavour and makes this cake perfect for the time of year. Brilliant served at room temperature, but I really think it would also be great served warm with a scoop vanilla ice cream, clotted cream or custard. Talk about indulgence!
Oh and don’t forget to drizzle over caramel or toffee sauce! The sauce takes this cake over the top! Slice it up and enjoy for breakfast or dessert, if you’re looking for a new autumn-inspired cake recipe, then look no further! Give this cake a try, you’re going to love it.
4 eating apples (such as Granny Smith for the best texture)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
200g (7 ounces) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
275g (10 ounces) caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 free-range eggs, at room temperature and lightly beaten
300g plain flour (all-purpose), sifted
125g (4 ounces) plain flour
50g (2 ounces) light or dark brown sugar
60g (2 and 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 160°C (140 fan), Gas Mark 3. Grease the sides and base of a 20.5cm springform or loose-bottomed cake tin liberally with butter.
- Peel and core the apples, then cut into 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) slices. Place the apple slices in a bowl and toss together with the cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of the weighed out sugar. Set aside.
- To make the cake: Cream the butter, remaining sugar and vanilla until fluffy and pale in colour. Gradually add the beaten egg bit by bit, whisking well after each addition. Add the flour and fold through until combined. The mixture will be very thick, just be careful not to over mix.
- Spread the cake batter out into the prepared cake tin. Now layer the apple slices evenly across the top. Press them down very slightly into the cake batter – discard any remaining juices the sliced apples have released.
- To make the crumb topping: Combine all the ingredients listed (melted butter, brown sugar and flour), and mix with a spatula or spoon until the mixture resembles large, damp crumbs. Scatter the crumbs over the top of the cake.
- Bake for 1½ – 1¾ hours, or until cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.
- Once fully baked, allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes, then remove from tin and leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Dust with icing sugar before serving.
Recipe adapted from here
This is the autumn dessert you’ve all been waiting for! Enjoy!
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72 thoughts on “Apple Crumb Cake”
Looks devine! Apples are so delicious!
Thank you! Apple desserts are some of my favourite too! Glad you like the cake! 🙂
Wow, this cake looks like the perfect autumn dessert! Absolutely delicious!
Thanks so much, Marsha!
Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Thanks Becky! Hope you give this a try, you will really love it! I would love to know what you think!
Haha, I have already started posting my Christmas recipes, but that’s not to say I don’t still want to see delicious Autumn treats like this. That is one beautiful cake.
Thanks Dannii! It’s never too soon to start sharing Xmas recipes! I have so many I want to share so many on the blog, but I don’t think I will have enough time! So pleased you like the cake – I was really happy how it turned out! 🙂
This cake looks perfect, Jess! Apple + crumb = my idea of a delicious dessert!
Thanks so much, David! Crumb cakes are the best!
I just got a bunch of apples in our recent CSA delivery – I may have to make your apple crumb cake, Jess!
Thanks Eva! You’d really love this cake, and it would make the perfect bake for all your apples! Hope you give it a try!
Oh this crumb cake looks fantastic, Jessica! I love the apples in here. What a perfect fall treat!
I would love some of this apple crumb cake – especially with some true English clotted cream! How fun that your grandparents gave you a box of apples and that they’re from a relative’s tree!
Thanks so much, Rachelle! Serving a slice of this cake with clotted cream is a must! It tastes so good.
This looks insanely delicious and beautiful! And that crumb topping makes it even more delectable!
Thanks Amanda! The crumb topping is my favourite part! 🙂
This year has TOTALLY flown by! But, I’d love to sit down and enjoy whats rest of the year with a ginormous slice of this crumb cake, DAILY! Crumb cakes are my favorite, because YES to streusel topping! Loving this apple crumb cake, girlfriend! Vanilla, cinnamon sugar apples AND crumbly, delicious topping? SOLD! Cheers to a beautiful day!
Thanks so much, Cheyanne! The cake was really great – so happy you like it! Hope you’re having a fab week!
Love apples and this cake looks gorgeous! Great flavors, I need to definitely try it! Pinning!
Thanks Mira! If you love apples, then you’d definitely love this cake! Thanks so much for pinning. Really appreciate it!
This is such a beautiful crumb cake, Jess! Love the apples and the crumb topping is just perfect! I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by too!
Happy November Jess! Love the look of this crumb cake, it’s stunning – especially with the caramel drizzle on top!! Yum!!!
Thanks so much, Harriet!
This cake looks so fluffy and that crumb and caramel is stunning 🙂
Jess, oh my gawd, this Apple Crumb Cake is gorgeous!!!! WANT!
Jessica, your Apple Crumb Cake looks like “perfection” and love the photos 🙂
Thanks so much, Marisa!
I love cakes with a thick crumb topping like this–what a wonderful dessert! 🙂
Thanks Nancy! Crumb cakes always make a great treat!
the crumb topping looks amazing! I have one Christmas post done and dusted, and that is it 🙂
Wow, you are very organised! I’m hoping to photograph a couple of Christmas-inspired recipes in the next few weeks!
I can’t believe Christmas is coming so fast! This apple crumb cake looks so delicious, Jess — I would love a big slice!
Thanks so much, Marcie!
what a spectacular cake! The crumb looks just perfect.
How totally stunning is this cake?? I have a soft spot for all things crumb cake, but throw apples into the mix too? OBSESSED!
Thanks so much, Sarah! Crumb cake is the best. It’s definitely one of my favourite things to make!
I made an apple crumb cake a few weeks ago and it was one of my FAVE things…need to try yours, it looks fabulous!! And I’m so jealous about your box of apples 🙂
Thanks Rachel! I saw yours – it looks delicious! I’m thinking about giving your recipe a try!
Apple is my all time fave dessert! I can’t believe I’ve never made this before. Must change that! Sharing! 🙂
Thanks so much, Nagi! 🙂
You’re so lucky you got a basketful of apples to use on this beautiful cake!
Omg, my stomach is rumbling from the sight of this cake, this looks so good!!! What a beautiful fall cake that could impress any guest!
Thank you, Stephanie!
I love how you’ve combined the cake and crumble to make this delicious cake, Jess! I am literally dreaming of a hot mug of coffee and this cake! Also, I completely agree with you on November! Can’t believe it’s going to be 2016 already!
Thanks so much, Samina! 🙂
This is gorgeous! A crumb topping on anything makes it out of this world and this is no different! I’m so obsessed with apples at the moment, I need to make this!
Thanks Annie! Crumb topping definitely makes any bake amazing! You’d really like this cake!
Woah, look at the crumb topping! looks just amazing Jess!
Oh my goodness! Now only does this cheesecake sound epic, it also looks fabulous! Impeccable wortk, Jess!
Thanks Ben! The cake was delicious and so easy to make! 🙂
This cake looks so moist!!! I love apple desserts.
Thank you! It was really fluffy and moist! Apple desserts are my favourite, too! 🙂
This year has definitely flown by – it’s slightly scary!! And man, crumb cake is one of my biggest weaknesses! This looks amazinggg.
Yum! My husband is always bringing back apples from his office and I’m never too fond of eating them on their own… but in cakes, that’s a whole different story! 😉
This looks delicious! I love a good crumb cake. Will definitely be giving it ago this autumn!
Your photos are always so dreamy! What camera do you use?
This looks delicious! I love a crumb cake and will definitely have to give this a go 🙂
Your photos always look so dreamy! What camera do you use?
Hi Kathryn! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad you like the recipe and my photos – I’m still learning how to take good pictures and style scenes. I use a Sony A58 for all the photography – it’s a really great camera. 🙂
This cake looks spectacular! I love apples so much and in cake – even better!
Love this recipe but U would like to know what apple color u are using for this one.. Red or Green apples?
Thank u so much and hope to hear from u soon😊
Hi Shekeen – I used granny smith apples for this cake. Enjoy the recipe! 🙂
I made this yesterday, but found the sponge to be very firm and not very moist, could this be due to the amount of flour in the recipe?
I am a confident baker, and know how important it is not to over mix when folding flour into the mixture, and the cake was not over cooked, so just wondered how to make the sponge lighter ?