Apple crumb cake

Apple crumb cake

October 1, 2014

October Apples

Apple crumb cake



When the air turns crisp and the apples are ripe for picking, you can bet several of mine will be going into an apple crumble. Like the muffin, apple crumble can be eaten as an on-the-go breakfast or a tea-time-treat, yet it is decadent enough to moonlight as dessert.

As a tireless crumble-crusader, let me tell you that getting this recipe just right was quite the feat. I tried melting the butter for the batter; I tried buttermilk as a replacement for sour cream; I tried half-whole-wheat flour; I tried shredding the apples. Then, finally, many a honey crisp later, I came upon this combination and knew I’d found it.

This crumble has the sweet density of a poundcake, yet the sliced apples and the spicy cinnamon add an earthiness that feels like fall. Pour a cup of something warm, cut yourself a slice, and dig into autumn!



ps, For the same style of cake with a more health-conscious bend, try my Pumpkin Bread with Sticky Molasses!


Ingredients for Crumble Topping:

      1 cup All-Purpose Flour
        ½ cups Brown Sugar
          2 tsp. Cinnamon
            dash Nutmeg
              ½ tsp. Salt
                ¾ cup Walnuts, chopped
                  1 stick Unsalted Butter, melted
                    Ingredients for Cake:
                      2 medium-sized Apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
                        1 ½ cup Flour
                          1 tsp. Baking Powder
                            ½ tsp. Baking Soda
                              ½ tsp. Salt
                                1 ¼ cup Sugar
                                  6 tbls. Unsalted Butter
                                    2 Eggs
                                      1 tsp. Vanilla
                                        2/3 cup Sour Cream
                                          Powdered Sugar for Garnish

                                        Instructions for Apple Crumb Cake:

                                        Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F, and butter and flour your pan – we used a 9” round springform.

                                        Prepare the crumble topping first. Combine all dry ingredients – Flour, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Salt, and Walnuts – in a medium-sized bowl. Then, pour in the melted butter and mix roughly with your fingers until ingredients are blended and form small-medium sized crumbs. Set aside.

                                        In a large bowl, add Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Salt. In a separate, mixer bowl, whip the butter – which should be cold, not room temperature – and sugar until they achieve a light, airy consistency. Then, add eggs and vanilla and, once they are incorporated, the sour cream. Add in the dry bowl of dry ingredients a little bit at a time, while the mixer is on, being careful not to over-mix.

                                        Remove the bowl from the mixer, and with your hands fold in the apple slices so that they are evenly distributed.

                                        Coat your pan with the batter mixture, then top with the crumble. Place on the center rack of your oven and bake 30 minutes, then foil-tent and cook an additional 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool 15-20 minutes before removing from pan and serving as cake will need to set.

                                        Delight in your apple-baked goodness!

                                        Total Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 mins

                                        Serves: 8-12

  1. Tina

    October 17, 2014

    This looks delicious. How quick and easy is it to make?

  2. Michael

    October 17, 2014

    Hey Ali. The recipe sounds fantastic, but I was wondering if I could substitute the flour for something else, given that I don't consume wheat or wheat products.

    Thanks in advance,


    1. Ali Larter

      October 19, 2014

      I tried other variants but ultimately decided this one is best as is. Check out my vegan chocolate truffles - no wheat! A great little bite.

  3. Michelle

    October 17, 2014

    Hi Ali! You're my favorite actress and you make the best desserts! This looks really good!

  4. Michael

    October 21, 2014

    Thank you. I will :)

  5. Cherie

    October 22, 2014

    I made this with apples from my trees and it was the BEST apple cake I have ever tried! My husbands family came for dinner and as each one took a bite they stopped the conversation to comment on how yummy it was. This will be an annual fall tradition!

    1. Ali Larter

      October 31, 2014

      So glad you, your family and friends enjoyed it!

  6. Jan

    November 20, 2014

    Thanks fof this marvelous recipe. It was so easy to make and tastes rich and sweet and tart all in one bite. It reminds me of my favorite Aunt Mary's Jewish Crumb Cake which I love but is slightly heavier and produces twice as much cake.

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