Apple crumb cake


Apple crumb cake with a streusel top

This apple cake combines the super-easy streusel topping found in the crisp and combines it with apples for your coffee cake dreams.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 1 cake


Cake batter

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 apples
  • 1/4 cup spiced dark rum (optional)
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp optional spices: ground ginger, ground cardamom, ground allspice

Streusel topping

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick melted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp optional spices: ground ginger, ground cardamom, ground allspice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Melt the stick of butter, for the topping.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients, except butter, for the topping. Once the butter has melted, add it and continue mixing. It should have a sand-like consistency.
  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter for the cake batter together until creamy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and spices for the cake batter.
  • Add 1/4 of the sour cream and the previously mixed flour and spice mixture into the cake batter. Continue adding and mixing until all is combined. If using brandy, rum, or both, add them in and mix until combined.
  • Cut two apples into very thin slices.
  • Line a 9”x13” pan with parchment paper. Pour half the cake batter into the parchment paper-lined pan.
  • Set the apple slices uniformly on the batter, until they are all used up.
  • Optional: Cover the apples in a light layer of the streusel topping.
  • Cover the apples with the rest of the batter.
  • Cover the remaining batter with the streusel topping.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes, until a pick placed into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

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