Apple Crumble Cake

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If you're as in love with fall as I am, this easy apple cake is the perfect dessert with chopped apples, soft buttery cake, and crunchy crumble topping. Pour over the apple cider glaze and you have the perfect coffee cake for your autumn mornings.

I have been making this cake for a decade now, wow! A decade ago, I was 19 and my husband and I had moved from hot San Antonio, Texas to Bethesda, Maryland on Navy orders.

I remember seeing fall colors for the first time since I was a child (florida does not have fall and Texas did not have foliage, y'all. I was deprived of my #christiangirlautumns drinking PSLs in 85 degree weather in November for so long!), and the first thing I wanted to do was go apple picking since I had never gone before.

I plucked so many apple trees damn near bald and got to work on all my favorite things for fall: apple pie, homemade apple butter, and this family-favorite soft apple crumb cake.

apple cider glaze being poured over two slices of apple crumble cake

It has a seriously moist apple cake interior with a butter brown sugar swirl, then topped with the most amazing crunchy cinnamon crumble...okay, and for extra decadence we have an apple cider glaze that is legitimately autumn on a plate.

Serve your slice of autumn with a hot cup of coffee, or eat after a cozy dinner with a scoop of ice cream on a cool evening.

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Equipment

9-by-13 inch baking pan - you could use a 9 inch cake pan as well.

Key Ingredients

Fresh Apples- Use your favorite baking apple...what's a baking apple? It's an apple that holds its shape and flavor under heat. That's usually tart apples like granny smith, and certain sweet apple varieties like Honeycrisp, Empire, Pink Lady's, and Rome Beauty's.

Sour Cream - Sour cream adds richness, fat, and moisture for a seriously moist cake! It's ridiculously moist, y'all.

Melted unsalted butter - using melted butter in the recipe makes this go by so fast. No creaming the butter and sugar or needing a pastry cutter to blend it into the streusel topping. With adding a pinch of salt, you won't need to use salted butter at all.

Instructions for this easy Apple Crumb Cake

Full ingredients, measurements, and printable instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

flour and other dry ingredients whisked in a mixing bowl

Whisk together all the dry ingredients.

chopped up apples are folded into the apple cake batter

Fold your apples into the thick cake batter.

the crumb topping is made in a mixing bowl for the apple crumble cake

Make your crumb topping in a separate bowl.

the wet ingredients are mixed into the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl

Mix the wet ingredients until almost fully incorporated.

brown sugar and butter is swirled into the apple cake batter in a baking dish

Pour the cake batter into your pan, then mix in the brown sugar swirl.

crumb topping covers the top of the apple cake batter in the baking dish

Cover the cake batter with the crumble topping.

Now bake for 40-45 minutes, and easily whisk together the ingredients for your glaze.

Once the cinnamon apple crumb cake is cool, glaze it and serve!

a pitcher of apple cider glaze starting to pour over two slices of apple crumb cake stacked on each other

Pro tips for the best Apple Crumble Cake recipe

Make in a 9-by-13 inch baking dish for easy apple crumble bars or in a 9 inch cake pan for nice cake slices.

Grease your baking pan with baking spray, butter, or my magic cake goop recipe (I swear by this stuff!). Your cake will slide right out with no stickage.

Make sure all the refrigerated ingredients are room temperature. Everything will bake up evenly and consistently every time.

overhead of baked apple crumble cake

When mixing your cake, stir until the dry ingredients are just combined into the batter. You don't want to overwork the flour and activate the gluten because that'll lead to a dense, bread-like batter instead of a soft, moist cake!

Storage and Freezing

This apple crumble cake stays in your fridge wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 4 days...if it doesn't get devoured first. It's a great make-ahead dessert for fall parties and Thanksgiving. Just bring to room temperature for a couple of hours and serve!

This cake is also very easy to freeze. After baking, let the cake cool to room temperature and wrap it tightly with a few layers of plastic wrap. Freeze the cake for up to 3 months. Make the glaze the day of or day before.

view of glazed apple crumb cake slices

To thaw, place the cake in the refrigerator overnight or place it a room temperature for a few hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best apples to use in baking?

You want to use apples that'll keep their shape, texture, and flavor when baking. My top choices are tart Granny Smith and Braeburn apples, and sweet Pink Lady's or Empire apples.

What can I use instead of sour cream?

If you can't find sour cream, equal parts buttermilk will work or whole milk that has been soured with a good squeeze of lemon juice.

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📖 Recipe

Apple Crumble Cake

Eden Westbrook
If you're as in love with fall as I am, this easy apple cake is the perfect dessert with chopped apples, soft buttery cake, and crunchy crumble topping. Pour over the apple cider glaze and you have the perfect coffee cake for your autumn mornings.
4.75 from 12 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 24 slices
Calories 233 kcal

Ingredients
  

Apple Cake Batter

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup 8 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 baking apples peeled and diced into ¼ inch pieces

Brown Sugar Swirl

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup 8 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted,

Crumble Streusel Topping

  • ¼ cup 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

Apple Cider Vanilla Glaze

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter or baking spray.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and both sugars in a large bowl.
  • Stir in melted butter, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Fold apples in, then pour into prepared pan.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together all the brown sugar swirl ingredients together well. Pour over batter, then swirl into it using a knife or spoon.
  • In another medium bowl, put all the crumble topping ingredients and use a fork to blend ingredients until you have large crumbles. Sprinkle over the cake batter evenly and generously.
  • Put pan in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely before removing from pan.
  • In a small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients using a whisk.
  • Wait until the apple crumb cake is completely cool to glaze and eat.

Notes

Storage and Freezing Instructions

This apple crumble cake stays in your fridge wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 4 days...if it doesn't get devoured first. It's a great make-ahead dessert for fall parties and Thanksgiving. Just bring to room temperature for a couple of hours and serve!
This cake is also very easy to freeze. After baking, let the cake cool to room temperature and wrap it tightly with a few layers of plastic wrap. Freeze the cake for up to 3 months. Make the glaze the day of or day before.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 114mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26g
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24 Comments

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  2. Luci's Morsels says:

    This looks amazing! The maple glaze is literally and figuratively the icing on the cake. Yummy! I have to try this ASAP!

  3. That's like a dram coffee cake. I love the idea of putting apples in a nice cake to go with your morning coffee.

  4. Jessie Gunaseelan says:

    My mouth is watering right now looking at the dessert. So yummy!!!

  5. Veggie Inspired says:

    Autumn on a plate! It looks so good!!

  6. kitchnwhisperer says:

    such a delicious dessert and so perfect for the Fall.

  7. I want to live in a vat of that glaze, and sleep on a bed of this cake. Nah, ok, I just want to eat it 😉 looks incredible!

    1. Britt Anne says:

      Thank you! Lol trust me, we have to make a ton of glaze because between all of us it mostly disappears before it hits the cake!

  8. Oh yum! That looks fantastic!

  9. Lindsey Mozgai says:

    Looks so tasty!

  10. Charlene Bullard - FaithtoRaiseNate.com says:

    Great recipe. I'm going to have to make that this fall. I love a great fall dessert. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  11. Rebecca Hicks says:

    Holy smokes you had me at fall. I too can't believe it's almost fall, but boy am I ready! This Texas summer heat is not my favorite at all haha. And this coffee cake looks AMAZING! I can't wait to give it a try soon... I think it'd be perfect for brunch with my girl friends! 😀 Pinned for later!

    1. Britt Anne says:

      Thanks hon! In my circle, it's the ultimate fall brunch cake, and SO good with a chai latte (both together are fabulously instagrammable)

  12. Oh my LORD this looks divine! I'll bet it tastes like fall on a plate! Definitely pinning for Thanksgiving time!

    1. Britt Anne says:

      Thanks! It really does taste like the perfect fall day imo.

  13. Andrea Wiener says:

    I wish I had seen this one before breakfast!

    1. Britt Anne says:

      It's great any time of the day (include 11pm at night #guilty) lol

  14. Andrea Wiener says:

    I wish I had seen this before I ate breakfast!

  15. meganjohnson86 says:

    Oh my gosh! THIS LOOKS AMAZING! I need to make this! Though I feel I would eat it all in one day!

    1. Britt Anne says:

      You wouldn't be the first to try (that would be me!)

  16. twoboysonepup says:

    Ooooh my gosh. Anything with apple in it is delicious to me! I should give this a shot!

    1. Britt Anne says:

      Do it! You won't regret it.