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This Apple Crumb Cake is the perfect fall treat! It's filled with spiced apples, an extra thick crumb layer, and a tender cake. Drizzle with an easy homemade caramel sauce for the perfect treat!
Apple Crumb Cake
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

This Apple Crumb Cake is the perfect fall treat! It's filled with spiced apples, an extra thick crumb layer, and a tender cake. Drizzle with an easy homemade caramel sauce for the perfect treat! 

Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, easy apple cake recipes, fresh apple cake
Servings: 10
Calories: 651 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
CRUMB (STREUSEL) TOPPING:
  • cups (180g) all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (145g) packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup (113g) butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
SPICED APPLES:
  • 3 cups (300g) thinly sliced, peeled apples (about 2 large)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼-½ teaspoon ground allspice
CAKE:
  • cups (180g) all purpose flour
  • ½ cup (110g) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (56g) butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup (118ml) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
CARAMEL GLAZE:
  • ¼ cup (56g) butter
  • ¼ cup (45g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
CRUMB (STREUSEL) TOPPING:
  1. In a medium bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add melted butter and vanilla. Stir with a fork to combine. Set aside. 

SPICED APPLES:
  1. In a large skillet cook apples in the butter over medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until tender. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Simmer, uncovered until slightly thickened (about 30-60 seconds). Set aside. 

CAKE:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch square or round baking pan. Set aside. 

  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add melted butter, egg, buttermilk, and vanilla. Stir just until combined. 

  3. Spread ½ of the batter in prepared baking pan. Top with spiced apples and ¾ cup of the reserved crumb topping. Top with remaining batter by dropping batter in small mounds and carefully spreading. It will not cover the entire top of the cake and that's ok. Sprinkle with remaining crumb topping. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean with no wet cake batter.

  4. Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Serve with caramel glaze. 

CARAMEL GLAZE:
  1. In a small saucepan heat the butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Boil for 1 minute without stirring.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Let stand 5 minutes to cool slightly. 

Recipe Notes
  1. For the best flavor when baking with apples choose a couple different varieties. A few of my favorite apples to bake with are Fuji, Gala, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Jazz.
  2. Freezer Friendly: Just skip the caramel topping before freezing and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before drizzling with caramel topping.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Crumb Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 651 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 303mg13%
Potassium 225mg6%
Carbohydrates 102g34%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 765IU15%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.