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Apple Crumb Cake Recipe

Updated on July 17, 2016

It's food that is good for you.

Apples can be crisp, tarty, or sweet, and they taste like a tiny drop of pure heaven when they are baked up into a tasty apple crumb cake dessert treat.

One of the best aspects of an apple is it's taste but apples are also one of nature's most nutritious foods. They are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and fiber.

Do something wonderful for your family today and bake them up a delicious apple crisp, pie, or cake. Below is my apple crumble cake recipe and it is absolutely positively yummy.

It is apple harvest time at our house and I love having a rich fall harvest of organic apples.

Apple Crumb Cake Ingredients.

About 10 - 12 medium size apples
Cake Batter:
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
2/3 cup canola or olive oil

Crumb Topping:
8 tablespoons margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Wash, core and chop apples.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients for you batter mixture together.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to your batter and stir till gooey.
  4. Prepare your cake pans then put the batter into baking dishes. This recipe will fill two deep dish baking dishes or 3 regular cake pans. I recommend deep dish pans because the cake does rise quite a bit if allowed. Oil and flour your baking pans. Then divide your batter mix into the bottom of your baking dishes.
  5. Crumble your crumb topping ingredients together.
  6. Scoop the apples onto the top of the batter mix.
  7. Divide the crumb mixture onto the top of the apples.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
  9. Add a scoop of ice cream, or whip topping, and enjoy.

To Peel or Not to Peel?

If you choose not to peel your apples be sure to wash your fruit thoroughly and to cut the apple into smaller chunks than you would otherwise have. This will prevent the peel from being stringy after it is cooked. Much of an apple's nutrition is found in or just under the skin and this leaves one to wonder if peeling apples for baking is something we should be doing. I often choose to maintain as much nutrition as possible within the foods we consume so I did not peel my apples for this recipe.

Wash, core, and chop apples. Cook slightly.

For this recipe I did not peel my apples. I like to keep as many nutrients in my foods as is possible whenever possible. For applesauce I will peel my apples but for other dessert recipes I will generally keep the peel on.

Mix together the dry ingredients for your cake batter.

Add a little old fashioned charm to your kitchen.

"Apple" Decorative Cast Iron Trivet Rust Brown For Kitchen Or Dining Table | Vintage Design | 6.5X6" | With Rubber Pegs/Feet - Recycled Metal by Comfify
"Apple" Decorative Cast Iron Trivet Rust Brown For Kitchen Or Dining Table | Vintage Design | 6.5X6" | With Rubber Pegs/Feet - Recycled Metal by Comfify

Bring the country into your kitchen with an old fashioned cast iron apple trivet. As practical as it is decorative.

 

Add the wet ingredients to your batter and stir till gooey.

Prepare your cake pans then put the batter into baking dishes:

This recipe will fill two deep dish baking dishes or 3 regular cake pans.I recommend deep dish pans because the cake does rise quite a bit if allowed.

Oil and flour your baking pans. Then divide your batter mix into the bottom of your baking dishes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Scoop the apples onto the top of the batter mix.

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Crumble your crumb topping ingredients together.

Divide the crumb mixture onto the top of the apples.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Add a scoop of ice cream, or whip topping, and enjoy.

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Plant an apple or other fruit tree near your home. It is wonderful to have organic fruit. Birds will usually take care of most bugs.

This is a picture of our back yard looking through the cherry tree toward our shed. To the right is a pear tree and to the left is our apple tree. Our fruit trees and garden area are kept organic.

A little country charm in the kitchen.

Set of 4 Apple shaped red ceramic CANISTERS country kitchen home decor NEW
Set of 4 Apple shaped red ceramic CANISTERS country kitchen home decor NEW

Delightfully reminiscent of a charming country kitchen this old fashioned apple crusher looks as good as it functions. A very useful country home kitchen decor item.

 

This year I used an apple peeler and I highly recommend this handy harvest gadget.

We have almost finished our apple harvest for the year. As we still have some apples in the freezer from the last harvest I decided to turn this years crop into apple sauce.

I would never have made it through without the apple peeler my daughter had purchased us the previous year. I turn the crank with my left hand and in less than a minute the apple peeler peels and cores the apple for me.

If you have been putting off purchasing an apple peeler because they don't look like they can handle the job then don't put it off any longer. These low priced harvest gadgets are a blessing.

My husband had said that the corer would not work on smaller apples but it easily adjusted to the size of each apple.

The only apples that the peeler had difficulty peeling were the very odd shaped apples. As there are not all that many of our apples in a really weird warp shape I figure this is no huge loss as we just set those ones aside for lunches.

It peels and cores so easily. No peels in the pie this year.

An apple corer makes the work easy.

Johnny Apple Peeler by VICTORIO VKP1010, Cast Iron, Suction Base
Johnny Apple Peeler by VICTORIO VKP1010, Cast Iron, Suction Base

Apple corer will core and slice your apple into smaller more easily handled pieces. Ideal for slicing apples for younger children or for a fancy dinner or snack tray.

 

For an elegant apple appetizer try these delightful roses.

Do you generally shop for regular or organic apples?

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      Candy 9 months ago

      I can almost smell apples baking, can't wait to make this. I don't peel apples, not even for applesauce.

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      Susan Deppner 10 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Your apple crumb cake looks and sounds delicious! I usually just shop for regular apples, but organic apples from my own trees would be very nice. I prefer the peel on, too!

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      poetryman6969 23 months ago

      This really looks tasty. I would like the cookies you show as well.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Looks delish! Love the ideas of leaving the skin on too. Usually I peel when baking. Will be trying this for sure.

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      Mary Crowther 2 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I will now, your recipe sounds absolutely delicious!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Sure do ... looking forward to this recipe. How blessed you are to have your own fruit trees.

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I love apples and made a lot of apple deserts : pies, tarts and strudels. They are so tasty and healthy. I admit that my favorite to eat it row is Fuji, but I prefer Granny Smith or some other acidic type for making cakes. Your recipes looks delicious and I will certainly made the Crumb Cake, but with butter because I don`t believe that margarine is so healthy. It would be nice also to have your apple tree, it looks beautiful! :)

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I bake lots of apple desserts and I'm always looking for a new recipe

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      I love this cake already! There are several apple farm restaurants in different states, all independently owned. I always love to visit them - apple fritters are my favorite, but apple dumplings, apple bread and apple pie are great too. I bookmarked this lens and listed it as related on my own lens about apple-cheddar pie, my favorite fall dessert.

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      Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

      Apple desserts are one of my favorites alongside the others. Appreciate you writing and sharing this lens because your apple crumb cake recipe sounds tantalizing and delicious. I also like to leave the peeling on the apples as well because of the little added crunch and nutrients. Thank You A-Redneck for visiting my Quick-n-Easy Tapioca Pudding Recipe lens and giving it a "thumbs up". I really do appreciate it. Hope you try the tapioca pudding made the Deluxe way and enjoy it. Of course, if you have the time the slow-cook tapioca is much better. Again, a Big Thanks A-Redneck & Bon Appetit!

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      Gregory Moore 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My favorite pie! Looks like a great recipe.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @hamshi5433: I like vanilla ice cream with my apple crumb cake but my husband likes his plain. This recipe is delicious either way.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Now that I am here at Squidoo it is funny because whenever I am cooking I have my camera sitting beside me and click the pictures as I cook. Ha! I would have never dreamed that I would be clicking pictures of me baking apple crumble cake.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: We have an apple tree in our backyard that really provides us with a bounty of apples each season. This is one of my husband's favorite apple recipes.

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      I keep the skins on for baked apples but I never thought about leaving the skins on for dessert.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Another delicious recipes lens of you that making me feel hungry :) It's so my luckiest if I could taste apple dessert by your own hand-made ;) Much love to you.. dear lady :D

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @LittleLindaPinda: If you leave the apple skins on in your recipes then you must chop the apples in small chunks rather than leaving them in wedges. The cooked apple skins can be chewy but I just chop the apples into smaller pieces and this works to solve that problem.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There's nothing wrong with a simple topic like Apple Crumb Cake and how to make it. Enjoyed how you laid this article out with your photos and to show my applaud ... *blessed by a squid angel*

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      hamshi5433 5 years ago

      Those photos are so tempting! I love apple crumb cakes/pies...I`d prefer to have my apple crumb cake with hot vanilla custard..mmm soo yummy!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on having this recipe and web page honored on the Fall Monsterboard. Wonderful recipes and apple-related products and resources here. Hope to bake your apple crumb cake. Thank you!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      This looks really great - I love apple desserts.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: This apple dessert recipe is indeed very delicious. With an apple tree that produces around 300 pounds of apples in a season we really have to get creative with all those apples. Good thing apples are very healthy and they taste great in desserts.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: The apple crumb cake recipe I use is really very simple and the cakes come out delicious. My husband loves this apple dessert recipe.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @katemiya: I am glad to hear that someone else does not peel their apples either. I find the only difference you have to make to your recipes is to cut the apples into smaller pieces for baking. Keeping the peel on your apples does insure that your dessert recipes get all the apple's nutrition within them.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @JoleneBelmain: I just baked up 5 apple crumb cakes yesterday to pop into the freezer. We harvested our apples and it is time once again to do them up into tasty desserts.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      This recipe sounds absolutely delicious!!! I just got a ton of apples from my mom, I'm going to have to try this one out ;)

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      katemiya 5 years ago

      Thank you for re-affirming why it's okay for me to avoid peeling apples. The last apple dish I made was apple dumplings. It was the first time I had them in years, possibly this century. I bet this apple crumb cake of yours is delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mmmm! Your apple crumb cake photos are making me hungry! I plan to try your recipe soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Still learning to make desserts. This recipe sounds delightful! :)

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