Apple Crisp Crumb Cake
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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!
Yield: 1 (8 or 9-inch) cake
  • For the oatmeal crumb topping:
  • ⅓ c. granulated sugar
  • ⅓ c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. cake flour
  • ⅓ c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 8 tbsp. (1 stick), unsalted butter, melted
  • For the cake:
  • 1¼ c. cake flour
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. ((3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. buttermilk, room temperature
  • For the apples:
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading into an even layer.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

Recipe source: Life Made Simple
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