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apple crumble cake cut into squares on white baking paper with a glass jar of icing sugar and a green apple behind

Apple Crumble Cake

This is a simple creamed cake recipe for Apple Crumble Cake that I use for my similar Rhubarb Crumble Cake. I LOVE a Crumble Cake. All that buttery nubbleness on top is just delicious.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Universal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9
Calories 365kcal
Author Jenny


Crumble Topping

  • 100 grams plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 75 grams butter cold
  • 75 grams caster sugar


  • 100 grams unsalted butter soft
  • 175 grams plain flour
  • 3 tbsps milk
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs

Stewed Apples

  • 400 grams stewed apples

Stewed Apples From Scratch

  • 500 grams cooking apples peeled, cored and cut into roughly 3 cm chunks
  • 90 grams caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp water


  • Preheat the oven to 170 C (150 Fan)/325F/ Gas Mark 3
  • If making fresh stewed apples from scratch then peel and core 500 grams (17.6 oz) of cooking apples and stew over a gentle heat until soft with 4 tbsp water and 90 grams of sugar. Add more sugar if not sweet enough.
  • For the crumble topping- you could sift the 100 grams flour and ½ tsp baking powder into a bowl and then rub in the 75 grams butter with your fingers until breadcrumbs like before mixing in the 75 grams sugar.
    I just blitz the lot in my food processor until sandy and rubbly - just keep whizzing. Place in the fridge to chill until you're ready for it.
  • For the cake-cream 100 grams butter until soft in a free standing mixer or with a hand held whisk. Add 100 grams sugar and whisk until pale and fluffy .
  • Beat in the 2 eggs one at a time before sifting  the 1½tsp cinnamon, 175 grams flour and 1 heaped tsp baking powder into the bowl. Whisk until mixed through then add 3 tbsps milk and whisk again. You may need to add more milk to get it to a soft dropping consistency.
  • I use an 8 inch loose bottomed square cake tin. It is a deep one though. A 9 " would be the better bet if your tin is not as deep. Fill the tin with the cake batter as levelly as you can.
  • Spread the apple mixture gently over the cake batter. Scatter the crumble mix all over and bake the cake for 45/50 minutes. Watch carefully at the end as the top can start to catch.
  • Leave to cool in the tin before gently running a knife around the edge and removing. I cut mine into 2.5 inch squares for 9 large portions.


  • If making the stewed apples from scratch you would need 500 grams of bramley apples, 4 tbsps water and about 50-90 grams of sugar depending on how tart your apples are. Simmer gently until soft and broken down. Allow to cool a little before putting on top of the cake batter.
  • Store in an air tight container
  • It is best eaten on the same day as it is baked if serving cold. The crumble loses it's crispness if stored for longer. If you are reheating it then this doesn't matter.
  • I reheat in the microwave in 20 second blasts until piping hot.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 568IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg