Apple Crisp Crumb Cake

We finally caught a little glimpse of fall last week! It was rainy, cold and all I wanted to do was bake! There were a few extra apples sitting on our counter so I cut them up and used them in this spiced apple crisp crumb cake. It’s basically everything I love about fall packed into one little slice. I mean look at that crumble, those apples and of course, that silky caramel glaze! Mmm…

Apple Crisp Crumb Cake

I’ll warn you now, this cake is slightly more time consuming to make. Most of my recipes (especially desserts) only require 10-15 minutes of prep, but this one takes 30. Don’t worry, it’s well worth it. Plus it makes a really tall cake that can easily serve up to 12! So all of the work that goes into it can be enjoyed for days 🙂

Apple Crisp Crumb Cake

For the base I whipped up a light and ultra-tender buttermilk cake, really similar to the one in this recipe, just without the lemon zest. Then I peeled and sliced two medium size apples. I did one Granny Smith and and one Fuji. You can use 2 of the same kind, but I a bit of tartness and sweetness that comes along with using two varieties. I tossed the slices in a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg for flavor and then cornstarch. The cornstarch is necessary, although you could use flour too. You definitely need something to thicken up all of the juice that the apples make when baking!

Apple Crisp Crumb Cake

For the crumble I mixed together some granulated & brown sugar, cake flour (it gives the the crumble more crunch), old-fashioned oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Using a pastry blender I cut in the cold butter until coarse crumbs formed. I think I took mine a little too far and probably should have kept the crumbs a lot bigger. Next time… because you know there will be one! After baking for about 45 minutes in a 8″ springform pan, it was ready to be sliced and devoured… and it most definitely was!

Apple Crisp Crumb Cake

Everything about this apple crisp crumb cake was perfect. The layers just melded together. It was a delicious combo of sweet vanilla cake and spiced apple crisp. Fall in a cake! We sliced it up and ate it for both breakfast and dessert. And let me tell you, it didn’t last long… every single crumb was consumed (ok, more like inhaled). If you’re looking for a fall-inspired cake, give this one a try, you won’t regret it!

Apple Crisp Crumb Cake

Apple Crisp Crumb Cake Recipe

This apple crisp crumb cake is loaded with fresh apples, a thick oatmeal crumble and drizzled with a caramel glaze. It's perfect for fall!
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Course: Cakes & Cheesecakes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 392kcal
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For the Oatmeal Crumb Topping
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter - melted
For the Cake
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk - room temperature
For the Apples
  • 2 medium apples - peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  • To make the topping: In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the sugars, cake flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir with a spatula until a thick crumble forms. Allow to sit while preparing the remainder of the cake.
  • To make the cake: Preheat oven to 325. Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish or round springform pan with baking spray, set aside.
  • In bowl of a stand mixer, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt on low. With mixing speed on low, gradually add the butter one tablespoon at a time. Continue mixing until crumbs form, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and yolk, mix, then add the vanilla and buttermilk. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the bowl half way through.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading into an even layer.
  • Toss the apples, cinnamon nutmeg and cornstarch together. Layer on top of the batter, then add the crumb mixture. You will have to break the crumbs into slightly smaller pieces.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, and the center of the cake just barely jiggles (note that baking time will vary depending on the type and size of the pan you use). Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.


-You could easily add cranberries to this or even swap out the apples for pears!


Serving: 10g | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 586IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Hi, just wondering if you melted the butter for the crumble as in the instructions, usually I had with a pastry blender. Beautiful cake

  2. Tried this recipe in a springform pan…followed directions to a tee and could’t get it cooked. I even put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes-still not done. Put it back in the oven another 10 minutes-still not done…ended up throwing out in the trash.