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apple crumb cake

Apple Crumb Cake

Aimee Field
Moist sponge cake, chunky apple pieces throughout, a cinnamon sugar layer running through and a crisp crumb topping. This apple crumb cake is perfect for Autumn weekends!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Cooling Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 16 mins
Course Cakes
Cuisine British
Servings 10 Slices


Cinnamon Crumb

  • 60 g unsalted butter cold, cubed
  • 40 g soft light brown sugar
  • 75 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • 190 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 95 g soft light brown sugar
  • 95 g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 190 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 300 g fresh royal gala apple chunks approx. 3-4 apples

Cinnamon Layer

  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  • For the cinnamon crumb: In a medium bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, flour and ground cinnamon, rubbing between your fingers and thumbs until it resembles irregular breadcrumbs. Then set aside.
  • For the sponge: Firstly, grease the base and sides., and line the base of a deep 8inch round cake tin, and set aside. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas Mark 4.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and both sugars together with an electric hand-whisk until light and fluffy. Then mix in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Then in a small bowl, combine the flour and baking powder together. Mix this into the wet batter in two additions, mixing only until just combined. Peel, core and chop the apples into eighths, then stir this into the batter by hand.
  • To assemble: Pour half the batter into your prepared tin and spread out evenly. Then, for the cinnamon layer. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and ground cinnamon and sprinkle this evenly over the top of the batter. On top of this, spread the remaining batter evenly. Finally, sprinkle over the prepared cinnamon crumb in an even layer.
  • Bake for 1 hour until golden brown on top, and a knife/skewer inserted into the middle comes out almost clean. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 30 minutes, before turning out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.


Apple crumb cake can be kept in an air-tight container for 4-5 days.
Apple crumb cake can be frozen, by double wrapping in cling film for up to 3 months. Defrost cake at room temperature, and warm in the oven for 20 minutes at 180C/160C Fan/Gas Mark 4 if desired, and to re-crisp the topping. 
Keyword apple, cinnamon, crumb