slice of apple crumble cake on a plate

Apple Crumble Cake

Apple Crumble Cake

When you have lots of apples and have already made apple crumble, baked apple dumplings, apple crumble slice and apple jumble! what do you do? You create something new! Apple Crumble Cake! This is cake. There are spiced apples. and crumble. All. Rolled. Into. One! Perfect!

Slice of apple crumble cake on a patterned china plate
Crispy topped apple crumble cake

Your go-to Recipe

I have made this with straightforward ingredients which should be easy to find! Standard butter, flour, sugar, apples, milk and spices, with the addition of ground linseed (to make it vegan). I have used cooking apples, but eating apples work just as well and do tend to hold their shape better! Here’s the recipe:

Apple Crumble Cake

A light sponge dotted with cinnamon apple chunks with a crumble topping.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: apples, cake, crumble, dessert
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (linseeds) (or sub 2 eggs or equivalent)
  • 6 tablespoons water (for flaxseed only)
  • 110 g butter
  • 120 g sugar
  • 120 g plain flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 medium cooking apples (approx 220g when prepared)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • for the crumble topping
  • 40 g flour
  • 25 g butter
  • 25 g sugar
  1. First mix the flaxseed with the water to make your flax egg (if using an alternative prepare as directed to make 2 eggs – or beat 2 eggs). Set aside.

  2. Cream the butter and the sugar in a large bowl.

  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and start to combine. Leave roughly mixed.

  4. Pour in your egg, add the vanilla and gently mix. Add the milk as required to make a firm but creamy batter.

  5. Peel, core and dice the apples. Sprinkle the cinnamon and flour over, then scoop up the apples with your fingertips and drop back down to ensure they are all dusted with both. Add the apples to the cake batter and fold through.

  6. Spoon the batter into a prepared tin (I used a round glass dish) and level out.

  7. Put the flour in a small dish and rub the butter in using your fingertips, add the sugar and mix until you have a mixture resembling breadcrumbs.

  8. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over your cake and bake at Gas Mark 4 (350f / 180c) for 50-60 minutes. The cake is ready when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean and the top is golden brown.

  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the outside of the cake to loosen then tip out and finish cooling (the right way up) on a wire rack. Slice and serve!

  10. Enjoy!

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How to serve your cake

If you can, I would try and wait for this to cool down to allow the flavours to develop and the cake to firm up a bit. Eat with your favourite cuppa and your feet up! You could add some ice-cream or custard on the side… or both! Or even if whipped cream is your thing, add that too! I would serve this as dessert, or afternoon tea and whilst you’re in the kitchen, you could make these decadent biscoff brownies too!

slice of apple crumble cake on a plate
Apple Crumble Cake served plain… delicious!

Is the cake easy to store?

This cake keeps best in the fridge and will be good for at least five days (if you can keep it for that long)! Whilst it can be frozen for up to 3 months (remember to wrap it well, label and date) it will be more pudding like when defrosted (best served warm). If you are eating this the same day, it is fine just to leave it out (covered) on the worktop!

BIrds eye view of apple crumble cake in a glass dish
Freshly baked apple crumble cake


I love seeing your creations and interpretations of my recipes! Feel free to share and tag me @LifeDietHealth or using #LifeDietHealth on InstagramPinterestFacebook or Twitter. Talking of sharing, the website Hubbub has just created their Christmas recipe page and you can see my chocolate coconut snowball recipe!

I’m sharing this over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday this week… Angie is hosting the party herself this week so if you’ve a few hours spare over a weekend to help out one week that would be fabulous! Hopefully I will have more time to co-host again soon, but for now I will just have a look around and see what others are sharing!

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of this apple crumble cake! I would love to hear if you’re a fan of baked apple dishes and crumble on cake!

Speak soon

Laurena x


  • Emma, West Sussex 27th November 2020 at 15:12

    Crumble and cake are the most perfect ways to serve apple, so this sounds a great hit, Laurena. I LOVE your plates, too – so pretty!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th November 2020 at 21:00

      Thank you Emma, so very tasty combining them like this! Ah, my plates are very old… I brought them back with me from when I lived in Hungary a LONG time ago! I hope you are well. x

      • Emma, West Sussex 27th November 2020 at 21:59

        So lovely to have those precious everyday treasures to remind you in such a beautiful way of home 🙂

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th November 2020 at 23:13

          Indeed Emma… some things are very precious and hold lots of memories. Hungary was only home for a few years but it was my first non-student home without parents! Haha, now I’m singing ‘those were the days my friend…’

  • tulips79 27th November 2020 at 20:49

    Combining the best of both worlds! I actually baked some apples with crumble topping the other day lol, after I received a package from my mum containing packs of instant custard haha (I prefer the original powder though). We often have ‘crumble cake’ but bought from the bakery😋I plan to make a batch of your mincemeat this weekend…I hope I’ve got all the ingredients 😊

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th November 2020 at 21:04

      Ooo Eva! You do know you can make your own custard powder just with cornflour and a few drops of vanilla… Anyway, lovely to receive a package from your Mum – next time use less liquid than the instant packet says and add some milk with it! 🙂 Yum yum… so excited that you’re going to make my mincemeat – I look forward to seeing your photos! Any other weekend plans?

  • tulips79 27th November 2020 at 21:24

    Oh yes, I’d forgotten your tip about the cornflour (the ‘white custard’)👍 Funny thing is, I never even asked for custard and we don’t even eat it that often😄 It’s getting very chilly here, 1′ during the day next week! We’ll probs go for a bracing walk along the now bare vineyards. I also plan to put up the few bits of festive decorations I have…and hopefully get around to making some mincemeat 😋x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th November 2020 at 21:35

      It was -2c when I woke up today, so cold! Ooo, festive decorations sound fun… is it time to move (& eat) my pumpkins then! 😋🙈

      • tulips79 27th November 2020 at 21:43

        I should really eat my ‘decorative’ pumpkins too but they’re just too pretty lol

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th November 2020 at 21:49

          I made a few small ones into a vegetable bhuna yesterday 👍🏼Send me a photo when you’re putting the decorations up👍🏼

  • Violet's Vegan Comics 28th November 2020 at 18:24

    This looks delicious! 🙂

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 29th November 2020 at 14:15

      Thank you! It’s really good! Let me know if you make it! Hope you are all well. x

      • Violet's Vegan Comics 30th November 2020 at 09:59

        I will let you know, it looks fantastic. Thank you, I hope you’re very well too 🙂

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 30th November 2020 at 17:37

          😊👍🏼Yes thank you😘

  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 4th December 2020 at 00:58

    It sounds nice, Laurena. Will be great with coffee or tea. I find myself reaching for my second cup of coffee by mid-afternoon these days. Being forced to stay home somehow makes me sluggish and sleepy 😀 Plus, it’s starting to be cold here.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 4th December 2020 at 14:54

      Thanks Angie 🙂 Defintiely great with tea or coffee! Oh… by mid-afternoon I might be on my 4th cup! Oops! Oh, we had snow this morning – VERY chilly! But it has all gone now!


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