Apple Crumb Cake

I didn’t bake much last week because we had power outages due to a wind storm so our electricity provider (PG&E) decided the best decision to prevent fires was shutting down the power to thousands and thousands of people here in Northern California. When the electricity was gone we didn’t have any wind BUT when our power was on again we had some winds, kinda weird… uh?

Anyway, this week’s weather is going to be very nice for more Fall baking so stay tuned for new stuff. For now, this is my recipe for the most delicious apple crumb cake you will ever eat.

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Let’s start with the recipe.

Yield one 8 or 8 1/2 round inch cake pan


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

2-3 medium 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!!

You can pour some caramel on the top OR serve it with ice cream.