Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Apple crumble cake recipe |

Lainey, my daughter, wanted to make a cake yesterday so we used my apple crumble cake recipe and made this delicious treat!

The crumble cake is filled with lots of apples, plus there's a touch of apple cider vinegar in the cake batter to give it a little brightness. The crumble topping is beyond yummy with lots of cinnamon and sugar. I made sure to put on extra crumble because I know how much Lainey loves it! This is the perfect cake for fall because the apples and cinnamon will really warm you up.

I'm from the school of thought that kids can do a lot more than we give them credit for, so I try to give Lainey lots of autonomy in the kitchen. Sometimes I'm surprised by how much she can handle, and sometimes things don't go quite her way, like when an entire cup of flour ends up on the floor, or when the cracked eggs make it nowhere near the bowl.

And while I can pretend that I'm zen about the whole thing, there are time when my eyes bug out and I think, "Oh my God, what a mess!"

Then I have to remind myself that it's about the journey, and the precious time we get to spend together, and us both getting batter on our noses and wondering why, since batter tastes so delicious, cakes can't just be bowls of batter.

Apple crumble cake recipe |

Apple Crumble Cake Recipe


For the cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 medium apples peeled, and cored
For the topping
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9" springform pan with butter.

Whisk the dry ingredients (2 cups flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon) in a bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup milk, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix on high for about one minute. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Add half the batter to the greased pan. Stir the chopped apples into the remaining batter. Add the rest of the batter to the pan and smooth the top.

Make the topping by adding 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup of flour, and 1/2 of melted butter. Mix until it starts to clump, then spread across the batter.

Bake for 40-50 minutes. Check the center with a toothpick to make sure it is fully cooked.

Apple crumble cake recipe |

This is the cake right before it went into the oven.

Apple crumble cake recipe |

Here it is right out of the oven. It smelled so good!

Apple crumble cake recipe |

Apple crumble cake recipe |

Apple crumble cake recipe |

I baked the cake in a wide cake pan because I wanted the crumble to cake ratio to be really high, meaning lots of crumble per bite. Absolutely delicious and perfect for a fall or Thanksgiving!

Apple crumble cake recipe |


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