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Two slices of apple crumb cake on top of each other.
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5 from 10 votes

Apple Crumb Cake

Make this amazing Apple Crumb Cake! Loaded with apples and cinnamon crumbs, this moist and fluffy coffee cake will be a great recipe for breakfast or dessert!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 526kcal


Ingredients for Cake:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk room temperature
  • 2 apples peeled, core, and diced
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients for Topping:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted

Ingredients for Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, grease an 8x8-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper. Then set aside.
  • To make the crumb topping: In a mixing bowl, add together 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp granulated sugar, 1 tbsp cinnamon, and ¼ tsp salt. Stir everything together and add ½ cup melted butter. Stir again until you have the crumbs.
  • To make the cake: In a mixing bowl stir together 1 cup all-purpose flour, ½ tsp baking soda, ½ tsp baking powder, and ¼ tsp salt. Then set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, add ½ cup room temperature butter and ⅔ cup granulated sugar. Using a hand mixer or a spatula, cream it for a couple of minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix again.
  • Add ⅔ cup sour cream and 1 tbsp milk, mix until well incorporated.
  • Add dry ingredients, and using a spatula, fold it in until combined but don’t overmix.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, add peeled, cored, and diced apples, 1 tbsp granulated sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon and mix well.
  • Transfer the batter into a pre-greased baking pan and spread it evenly.
  • Add the mixed apples evenly on top of the cake batter.
  • Top with the crumb topping.
  • Bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • When done, take it out of the oven and let it cool off for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Drizzle with vanilla glaze before serving.


Apples. I think that Granny Smith apples work best in the recipe. Because they are tart, they balance well with the sweetness of the cake. Although, you can use any other variety you have on hand.
Baking Time. Because of the heavy topping, this cake takes a bit longer to bake than other similar cakes. To make sure it’s done, insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake and make sure it comes out clean.
Mixing. Don’t mix the apples into the batter, just layer them on top. If you mix it in, the apples will release too much juice and the cake will come out soggy.
How to Store. You can keep it covered in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze it for up to 3 months. If you decide to freeze it, make sure it’s not drizzles with glaze.


Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 822IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg