Apple Crumb Cake

Apple Crumb Cake

This is the best ever apple crumb cake recipe! It is buttery, rich with chunks of apple and topped with a layer of classic German cinnamon crumbs. The tartness of the Granny Smith apple balances the sweetness of the cake making it just perfect for tea time or anytime.

5 stars

Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 50 mins



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Nutrition per Serving

261 kcal
30 g
14 g
3 g

Apple crumb cake is uber-delicious! It is not simply another apple cake. It is moist, buttery with delicious slices of Granny Smith apple in it. These green apples are known to be sour but when incorporated into a cake, the tartness is almost not noticeable as it balances out the sweetness of the cake. The chunks of crumbs with a mild cinnamon flavour adds a wonderful layer of texture making it a great combination.

Why is this the best apple cake?

The cake is light, smells really good and most importantly, it has crispy apple crumbs. The batter is not overly sweet or too oily which makes it a great selection with coffee. It is a big favourite in our home whenever fall is approaching.

Easy and moist apple cake
Easy and moist apple cake

Secret to mega crunchy crumb topping

Crunchy crumb toppings on a cake are always fun to bite into. I love it for its chunkiness and its delicious cookie-like texture. The apple chunks coated with cinnamon powder make it really special. You get the best of both worlds - buttery crumbs with soft apple chunks. This recipe uses melted butter to create really crispy crumbs. Do take note of this or else the crumb topping will be slightly squashy. You can use cold butter but it will turn out softer.

Crumb dough before baking
Crumb dough before baking

The best variety of apple for baking

Did you know that there are 7500 variety of apples? It is crazy! While I have not tried baking with all of them, I have tried Fuji, Granny Smith, Jonagold and Braeburn. Granny Smith gives the best flavour. When added to the cake, it does not turn mushy. On its own, the fruit is rather sour. However, in this case, its tartness balances the sweetness of the cake. This combination is a winner.

The perfect cut of apples

The best tasting apple cakes are those where you can still bite into the soft pieces of apples. When making this cake, I have tried using shredded apple or cutting it into chunks and strips. It turns out that those with apple strips are tastier as the softened strips of apple is savoured with every bite.

However, some may enjoy huge chunks like those found in apple pies. You can cut the apples into bigger cubes instead. For this recipe, I used both apple chunks and strips. Apple chunks go really well with the crunchy crumbles while the strips are added into the batter.

Apple strips and chunks
Apple strips and chunks

Shredded apple on the other hand is my least favourite as the shreds of apple are not noticeable after baking.

Tips to serve cake

Usually, I serve the cake with a dollop of whipping cream. The milkiness of the cold cream pairs really well with the fruity-sweet tartness of the cake. For a treat, simply add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. However, I can assure you that this cake tastes so good on its own.

Does apple crumb cake needs to be refrigerated?

It is best to keep the cake refrigerated in an air-tight container and it can last for up to 5 days. If left unrefrigerated, it may turn moldy especially if you are living in a tropical country. For longer shelf life, you may freeze the cake for up to 5 months. Before serving, thaw the cake at room temperature.


1 1⁄4 tsp
cinnamon powder
1⁄4 tsp
165 g
unsalted butter
195 g
all-purpose flour
25 g
0.38 tsp
100 g
3 g
baking powder

Steps to Prepare

Apple Crumb Cake Step 1

Step 1 of 5

    • 1 apple(s)
    • 1 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon powder
    • 1⁄4 tsp sugar

Heat oven at 170 degrees Celsius. Remove the skin and core of the apple. Cut 3/4 of the apple into strips and the rest into cubes. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 1/4 teaspoon of sugar to the cubed apples. As for the apple strips, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Set aside.

Apple Crumb Cake Step 2

Step 2 of 5

    • 40 g unsalted butter
    • 55 g all-purpose flour
    • 25 g sugar
    • 1⁄8 tsp salt

To prepare the crumbs, melt butter in a pan over low heat. Once butter is fully melted, mix in flour, sugar and salt to create a dough. Do not over mix. Using a spoon, create chunks of dough to make the crumbles. Then, set aside.

Apple Crumb Cake Step 3

Step 3 of 5

    • 125 g unsalted butter
    • 100 g sugar
    • 2 egg(s)
    • 140 g all-purpose flour
    • 3 g baking powder
    • 1⁄4 tsp salt

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy at medium speed. Add one egg at a time into the mixture. Then, add whisked flour, salt and baking powder to the batter until everything is combined.

Apple Crumb Cake Step 4

Step 4 of 5

Add the apple strips from step 1 into the batter. Pour batter into a baking pan (25.2 cm x 12.5 cm x 5.9 cm) lined with parchment paper.

Apple Crumb Cake Step 5

Step 5 of 5

Mix the cubed apples into the dough crumbles prepared in Step 2. Then, cover the surface of the batter with the apple crumbles. Bake for 55 minutes or until fully cooked. Test by inserting a knife or toothpick into the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s ready.

Published: November 21, 2020

3 Discussions

Lesley 🌸
2 years ago

Lesley 🌸

Hi Grace, I am in Canada and I got confused with the weight measurments as well. My husband is looking online for a scale right now. Can you recommend a kitchen scale?

2 years ago


Hi sayang, I don't have a specific recommendation. I prefer using a digital kitchen scale with two decimal places. Best if it weighs in grams, pounds and also offers milliliter measurement. Hope this helps!

Lesley 🌸
2 years ago

Lesley 🌸

Hi Grace! My Ozeri digital scale just arrived. I will try to make the cake again Terima kaseh ;). Lesley from Burnaby, Canada

2 years ago


Welcome, Lesley! Can't wait to see your cake.

Lesley 🌸
2 years ago

Lesley 🌸

You are right Grace. Uber delicious😁 . Danke shun

Mark Wong
2 years ago

Mark Wong

Looks sooooooo good!!!

2 years ago


Make! Make! :)

3 years ago


Could you please give the ingredients in US measures as well. I don’t bake by weight but by measuring in teaspoons, cups, etc. Thank you.

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