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Apple Cinnamon Crumble Cake

Welcome to apple cake heaven! The contrast between the fluffy sponge, the sourness of the apples and the crunchy crumble texture on top creates a wonderful cake that will wow anyone that comes over for a cup of tea. Or coffee, as this really is the perfect coffee cake.


Serves 8




For the cake:

- 170g white flour

- 110g soft light brown sugar

- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

- 2 eggs

- 70ml vegetable oil

- 70ml whole or semi-skimmed milk

- 1 teaspoon baking powder

- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (powdered)

- 3 granny smith apples

- 1 tablespoon lime or apple vinegar


For the crumble:

- 160g white flour

- 70g butter

- 60g soft light brown sugar

- 25g granulated sugar

- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (powdered)



  1. Preheat the over to 180C (160C Fan) and line a cake tin of up to 18cm diameter (we don't want a very wide one for this recipe).

  2. Let's start with the crumble. Melt the butter in the microwave or a saucepan and let it cool completely. Once cooled, mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and add the butter.

  3. With a spoon or fork, mix it all together until it creates big and small lumps - do not overmix!

  4. Cover the bowl and put the crumble in the freezer while we prepare the rest of the cake.

  5. Chop the apples into medium cubes and, in a bowl, mix them in with the lime or vinegar, cinnamon and granulated sugar. Set aside.

  6. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bow with a fouet or mixer, and do the same in a separate bowl with the wet ingredients (milk, oil, eggs).

  7. Make a well on the dry ingredients and pour the wet mixture into the bowl, mixing them all together until a smooth batter forms. Do not overmix.

  8. Pour the batter onto the cake tin and delicately placed the chopped apples on top. Grab the crumble in the freezer and top with it all - YES, it's a lot of crumble!

  9. If you so wish, add a few slices of apple on top to decorate before baking.

  10. Bake for 33mins or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool completely before removing the cake from the tin.

  11. I like to finish mine with a drizzle of simple icing (confectioners sugar + lime mixed together until a drizzly consistency is formed).

  12. Enjoy!