Apple Crumble Cake

Apple Crumble Cake

Every year we pick a bumper crop of apples from the tree at the bottom of our garden.
It’s a fruit tree my beloved grandpa bought for our new home when we moved in.
Now he’s gone, every year when we pick that bumper crop I make sure we celebrate with some apple-baked goodness to remember him by. He’d love that.

It’s usually a pie or an autumnal crumble, but this year I wanted to make something which I could take into work and share with my work colleagues.
A pie or crumble just wouldn’t cut it.

So I opted for an Apple Crumble Cake. Or an Apple Crumble traybake.
It was a bit of a new one for me, but boy oh boy it’s a winner; AND I’ve never had so many requests to share a recipe!

So here you go; a most excellent autumnal treat. Eat it warm from the pan, or keep it in the fridge for a slice. You should note it’s best only kept for a couple of days, however it may not be a problem you need to worry about as it doesn’t tend to last long!

Apple Crumble Cake recipe

Apple Crumble Cake

100g butter, at room temperature
110g caster sugar
1 egg
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp milk

5 large apples, peeled and chopped into bitesize pieces
1 nob of butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp sugar

185g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
125g butter, from the fridge
165g caster sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C (320 F) and grease and base line a 20×30 cm pan.
  2. Add the apple, butter, cinnamon and sugar to a saucepan and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes or until the apple is softened but still retains some bite. Take off the heat and leave to cool.
  3. Make the base mixture by creaming together the butter and sugar, then add the egg and beat well.
  4. Fold in the flour and baking powder and stir in the milk.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in the bottom of the prepared tin.
  6. Make the topping by mixing the flour, sugar and baking powder together in a bowl. Add the butter in small chunks and then rub it into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  7. Drain the liquid from the apples and add them evenly on top of the base mixture.
  8. Spoon over the crumble mixture evenly. For a little extra crunch you can sprinkle over some rolled oats or some chopped nuts.
  9. Bake in the centre of the oven for 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden.
  10. Leave to cool in the tin and then cut into slices.

apple crumble traybake

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4 Responses to Apple Crumble Cake

  1. Susan Mann says:

    This looks truly amazing. I have pinned it so I can give this a go with the boys over half term. Lovely to see you blogging xx

  2. Caroline says:

    Good old-fashioned dessert. Amazing. Thanks for sharing. I will be making one when I get time!

  3. Kirsty says:

    As always your pictures are lovely! Can you come over to my house and bake? Those desserts look delicious and I love that pie dish! I can almost smell the apples or maybe I’m sitting to close to the cinnamon broom my mum gave me? Either way it looks yummy!!! 😊

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