contributed by

Laura  Romaniello

Art Director

It’s becoming that time of year when the air cools down and the leaves start to change. Whether it’s your favorite season or not, fall is exceptionally great because of all the sweet treats you can make during this time of year. With apple picking almost in-season, it’s hard to resist the urge to bake a warm dish to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your company happy. Everyone loves a homemade dessert! Since apple picking isn’t in full swing yet, I am going to give you something different than the classic apple pie. Today, I’m going to give you the recipe for the best Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake you’ve ever had in your life. It’s so moist and so delightful! You’ll probably eat the whole cake in one sitting! Let’s get to it:


For cinnamon streusel crumb topping:

– 1 and 1/2 cups flour

– 1/2 cup brown sugar

– 1/4 cup granulated sugar

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1 teaspoon cinnamon

– 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

– 1/2 cup butter -melted

– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

– 1 large (or 2 small) tart apples-peeled and chopped

For Cake:

– 4 Tablespoons butter

– 1/2 cup granulated sugar

– 1 large egg

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 1/2 cup sour cream

– 1 cup flour

– 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Apple cider glaze:

– 1/2 cup powdered sugar

– 1 and 1/2 – 2 Tablespoons apple cider

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease 9×9 cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper (or use nonstick spray), set aside.

To make cinnamon streusel crumb: first in a bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Then add melted butter and vanilla and stir until the mixture is evenly moist, set aside, too.

To make the cake: in a large bowl, cream together 4 tbsp butter with 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy, then add egg and beat well. Finally, add vanilla and sour cream and beat again.

In another bowl, stir together 1 cup flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder and add to the butter mixture, stir until just combined.

Spread half the batter at the bottom of the pan (it will be very thin layer). Spread the apple chunks evenly over the batter, then sprinkle about 1 cup of the cinnamon streusel crumbs over the apples. Spread the remaining batter over the crumbs and on top spread the rest of the cinnamon streusel.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar with apple cider and drizzle over the cake.

The end result is a warm, moist, melt-in-your-mouth dessert that will “wow” any guest! Trying to prove to your boyfriend/girlfriend that you can bake? Try this recipe out and they’ll surely be begging for more!

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