Apple Crumb Cake


Today is the collab that I host monthly on Instagram, the theme is “apples” and I thought about this recipe I posted a couple of years ago which is one of my favorites during Fall season, but I think it did not get the right attention it should have. So, here it is again, my apple crumb cake.

Why making this cake?

* Fall is the perfect time to find different kinds of apples. You can use any kind of apples for this recipe, you can even mix 2 or 3 kinds.

*The crumb part of this cake is a real crumb, not mushy or soft like other recipes. I have made this cake 3 days ago and the crumb is still perfect.

*Perfect to share with your family or friends on Halloween or Thanksgiving.

*Does not need refrigeration.

This cake has 3 layers: cake, cinnamon-sugar apples and a nice crumb. All the layers are very easy to make. The cake is soft with a touch of cinnamon, the apples have the right amount of sugar and cinnamon, and the crumb is perfect. Actually, you can use this crumb recipe for any cake, muffins or pie you make.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you would like to watch the video, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @pastry_tales


For the cake

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup white granulated sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 large egg, room temperature

For the apples

2 medium/big apples, peeled, cored and sliced.

3 tablespoons white granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the crumb topping

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1/3 cup white granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour


For the crumb topping

1.- In a bowl mix: sugars, cinnamon, salt and flour. Add melted butter and mix with a fork until mixture creates a crumb. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.

For the apples

In a bowl, mix together apple slices, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside until ready to use.

For the cake

Grease and flour an 8 inch round springform pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375 F.

1.-In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.

2.- In a small bowl, mix milk, vanilla, oil and egg.

3.- Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix. Do not over mix. A few lumps are ok.

4.- Pour batter into the prepared pan. Add the apples mixture on the top of the batter and finally you sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples covering completely.

5.- Bake cake for about 60 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Be sure the cake part is all cooked so please insert a knife or a toothpick in the center of the cake and see if the cake batter is cooked. If the crumb is getting dark but the cake part needs more baking time, grab a piece of foil, cover the top and keep baking.

6.- Let it cool and enjoy!!

If you want you can drizzle some caramel on top, serve it with ice cream or whipped cream. I eat mine just how it is with a big cup of coffee.



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