Apple crumble cake

    1 hour 15 min

    Can't decide between apple cake and apple crumble? This is a German apple cake recipe for a juicy luscious apple cake with yummy crumble topping. It is very easy to make and always moist.

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    Serves: 1 

    • 100g butter
    • 100g dark brown soft sugar
    • 150g plain flour
    • 50g cornflour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 6 apples, peeled, cored and diced
    • For the crumble
    • 150g plain flour
    • 125g butter
    • 125g sugar
    • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. To make the sponge: Mix the butter and dark brown soft sugar; add sifted flour, cornflour and baking powder. Finally add eggs, vanilla and lemon zest. Spread mixture in a greased springform cake tin (23-25cm). Spread diced apples over the base in the tin.
    2. To make the crumble topping: Combine flour, butter, sugar and vanilla sugar; rub together till the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over the apples.
    3. Bake 40-45 minutes in an oven preheated to 180 C / Gas 4 / Fan 160 C.

    Vanilla sugar...

    Vanilla sugar is available in larger supermarkets, or you can make your own. In a pinch, substitute 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract for the vanilla sugar in the cake, and increase the sugar to 120g.

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    Really good recipe. I followed the recipe word for word but added a tsp cinnamon to the crumble mix. Incidentally, when making the crumble, i thought it was a little top heavy with the butter, but i trusted the recipe and it was spot on. Thanks so much for posting xxx  -  22 Jan 2012


    I made this for my contribution to a family dinner and it was a definite hit. I loved it  -  01 Sep 2012


    I love it, it tastes and looks gorgeous. Good going  -  06 Sep 2010