Apple Crumb Cake

This Apple Crumb Cake is full of warm spices, apple chunks, and Greek yogurt to keep it soft! This recipe has a super thick crumb layer and is a perfect fall cake.

This Apple Crumb Cake is full of warm spices, apple chunks, and Greek yogurt to keep it soft! This recipe has a super thick crumb layer and is a perfect fall cake.I get asked all the time what my favorite dessert is. It seems like a natural question for people to ask, considering dessert is what I do, but what most people don’t realize is that being constantly surrounded by new and exciting desserts makes it so much harder to choose one to hail as your favorite.

When the question comes up, as it inevitably does, my answer usually has something to do with apples (unless it’s a chocoholic sort of day – you know the ones). Apple crisp is a pretty standard answer, but sometimes it’s an apple crumble pie. It almost certainly includes apples, cinnamon, and a crumble of some sort.

This Apple Crumb Cake is full of warm spices, apple chunks, and Greek yogurt to keep it soft! This recipe has a super thick crumb layer and is a perfect fall cake.So, considering this apple crumb cake has a whole lot of apples, cinnamon, and crumb, it’s not a surprise that this became one of my favorites as soon as I tried it. I couldn’t resist stealing a bite as soon as I could, before the cake was entirely cooled, and I was immediately swooning. If you love apples and cinnamon and crumbles the way I do, I think you’ll like this one.

The recipe is inspired by the two other crumb cakes I’ve posted on Bakerita – Pumpkin Crumb Cake and this Banana Crumb Cake. Both of them turned out to be big hits, and I knew an apple iteration would turn out just as delicious as the previous flavors.

This Apple Crumb Cake is full of warm spices, apple chunks, and Greek yogurt to keep it soft! This recipe has a super thick crumb layer and is a perfect fall cake.The cake itself is kept super moist from the Greek yogurt and apples, yet fluffy and also sturdy enough to hold up all the crumb topping! I chopped the apples into small chunks as well as did thin half slices. This gave a variety of textures in the cake that I loved! You can chop up the apples however you like, but if you do slices, make them thin, and if you make chunks, make them small. You want the apples to get nice and tender. It’s also super flavorful – the cake is enhanced with cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, and allspice. It’ll make your house smell like the best of fall when it’s baking.

The crumb topping has big, thick crumbles of butter and brown sugar. This crumb topping isn’t joking around – it forms a pretty thick layer on top of the cake. The crumb adds a crunchy texture that works so nicely with the flavors and texture of the cake, and all together it makes for a cake that irresistible for dessert or as an afternoon snack cake. It would be perfection served with tea on a cold fall afternoon. Bonus points if it’s raining!

This Apple Crumb Cake is full of warm spices, apple chunks, and Greek yogurt to keep it soft! This recipe has a super thick crumb layer and is a perfect fall cake.You could, of course, drizzle a glaze on top of the cake, but I found a sprinkle of powdered sugar was enough to pretty up the cake and give it that finishing touch. This is a quick and simple cake with big time flavor. This is definitely a new favorite of mine – I hope you’ll give it a try. Enjoy!

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Apple Crumb Cake
 
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Serves: 1 9-inch cake
Ingredients
For the cake
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups peeled & diced apples
For the crumb topping
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon table salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and still warm
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
Directions
  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan or a 9-inch cake pan with 3-inch sides.
  2. Prepare the crumb topping: Whisk sugars, cinnamon, salt, and butter in medium bowl to combine. Add flour and stir until mixture resembles thick, cohesive dough. Set aside to cool to room temperature, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the Greek yogurt and mix. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in the chopped apples. The batter will be quite thick.
  4. Spread batter in the prepared pan. Top with the crumb topping. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 60-70 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for about 15 minutes. Remove the sides from the pan and slide the cake onto the rack.
This Apple Crumb Cake is full of warm spices, apple chunks, and Greek yogurt to keep it soft! This recipe has a super thick crumb layer and is a perfect fall cake.

Comments

  1. This apple cake looks so beautiful. I have a two apple trees in the garden and they have been very generous to us this year. Delicious. Sammie

    • Thanks, Sammie :) I’m so jealous of your apple tree! I live in an apartment, but as soon as I’m in a house with my own property I WILL have fruit trees!

  2. This looks delicious! My dad loves any desert with apple. I will have to make this for him soon. ♡♡

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  3. Gah! Crumb cake is one of my all time favorite desserts and this one sounds and looks amazing!
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  4. So many reasons I love this cake! The moist crumbs, that topping, the overall prettiness of it….Ahhh
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  5. What a beautiful cake! I wouldn’t be able to resist sampling before it had cooled either!
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  6. This cake looks fabulous! love that crumb topping and how festive this is :) Pinning!

  7. Looks fantastic!!
    Just one question – the ingredients it says Greek yogurt and in the instructions says stir in sour cream?
    Which yields better results to keeping it moist?

    • Hi Chauntel – sorry, my mistake! I made this cake using Greek yogurt but I’ve used sour cream in a similar cake and it works wonderfully. Both will result in a moist cake, so use whichever you prefer or have on hand.

  8. Rachel this cake looks gorgeous! Love cakes like this that are so simple (like no frosting or layering required!) yet taste absolutely amazing, perfect with coffee for morning tea. The crumb topping and greek yogurt make it particularly special! <3
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  9. Gorgeous photography Rachel!! I love that first shot. And this cake…gahhhh

  10. Hi Rachel, I was wondering what type of apples did you use? There are so many out there and I never know which to choose. Thanks. I would like to make this very soon, as it looks amazingly delicious!!!

    • Hi Shari. I used Pink Lady apples in this cake specifically, but I also love baking with Granny Smith apples and Honeycrisps! Just make sure to use an apple that’s on the firm, tart side and you should be good. Enjoy!

  11. Oh man, this cake looks SO good!
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  12. Hi Rachel! I made this cake last week and it was incredibly delicious. Really met with rave reviews, too. Thanks so much for your fabulous blog! It is beautiful and entertaining and your recipes are terrific!
    I remember when you were in my reading group in Mrs. Crowley’s second grade class and you were such a cutie. I just love what you are doing now and definitely share your passion for delicious home baked goods. I’ve shared your blog with so many friends and family and everyone loves it. Keep up the awesome work!!

    • Hi Rose. This comment put the biggest smile on my face!! I’m so glad that you like my site and that you enjoyed the cake – it’s one of my favorites. I can’t believe I was in your reading group all those years back! You must have helped foster my love of reading and writing :) Thank you so much for supporting my site, I truly appreciate it! :)

  13. Could I substitute something else for the yogurt? I dislike yogurt and sour cream. Would buttermilk work?? :) thanks

    • Hi Diana – you definitely don’t notice the flavor of the yogurt in this cake at all. It’s just there to provide moisture. Buttermilk may work, but I can’t guarantee it since buttermilk is more liquid than yogurt is. Enjoy!

  14. Are you sure the 1 3/4 c. flour is correct for the crumb topping? It is more flour than is in the whole cake part and my cake is almost done and there is still a lot of just raw flour on top of the cake. Do you mean to say 3/4 c flour maybe?

    • Hi Aron. The measurement is correct (and I’ve made this cake and variations of it many times), but there should definitely not be flour on top of the cake. All of the flour should have been incorporated into the crumble before being put on top of the cake. Be careful you’re measuring your flour correctly too, by spooning it into measuring cups and leveling instead of scooping it out of the bag. Hope this helps!

      • Courtney M Wager says:

        Hi Rachel,

        I see you wrote here there should not be any flour on top of the cake, but in the ingredients it does say 1 3/4 c under the topping…should it be there? Just confirming before I make it, ,can’t wait!!!!

        • Hi Courtney. That comment was in response to another reviewer’s experience where she said it seemed like there was raw flour on top of the cake, which shouldn’t be the case. There is flour is the crumble topping though, as the recipe describes. Hope you love the cake!!

  15. Arshia Mir says:

    This is my second try on your recipe n am super glad of the results. Last time I made the whole cake with crumb n dribbled it with plain white icing….this time I left the crumb out as I found it too sweet…but yet the cake tastes awesome….delicate fragrant cinnamony with chunks of soft apple…my six yr old simply loved it! Thank u for a winner recipe!

  16. Great recipe! I just can’t seem to find a 9 inch pan with 3 inch sides. Will 1 1/2 inch sides work?
    Or have u made them in muffin form?

    • Hi Lindsay, the cake would probably overflow in a shallow pan. I use a springform pan, if you have one of those for cheesecake! They would also work in muffin form, though I haven’t tried it.

  17. I made it today, it is so yummy!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  18. Hi rachel, would normal yogurt work instead of greek yogurt? Greek is hard to find where I am!

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