Apple Crumble is one of my favourite winter desserts. But what if it could also be a cake?
This cake has a wonderful pudding like texture, as well as gorgeous chunks of apple. The rum provides a lovely flavour to this moist, light cake. And the crumble topping? It just finishes the whole cake off nicely. You could also add some walnuts or flaked almonds to the crumble mixture before you sprinkle it over the cake mixture, but I didn’t have any in the cupboard at the time – they would make a great textural addition.
Apple Crumble Cake Recipe
- 3/4 cup Plain Flour
- 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 4 large Apples
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- pinch of Salt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup Caster Sugar
- 3 Tbsp Dark Rum (or 1 tsp Rum Essence)
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
- 110 grams of Butter, melted and cooled
Method for the first part of the recipe (5 steps)
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius or 340 degree Fahrenheit. Grease an 8″ springform cake tin with canola spray.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Peel the apples, then cut in quarters and remove the core. Dice the apple into 1-2cm pieces.
- In a small bowl whisk the eggs with the caster sugar until foamy. Add the rum and vanilla essence. Pour the egg mixture into the large bowl with the flour and whisk together before adding the melted butter.
- Fold the diced apples into the batter ensuring the apples are fully coated. Scrape the apple batter into the cake tin and smooth the surface.
Crumble Topping Recipe:
- 70 grams of Butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Plain Flour
- pinch of Salt
Method for the second part of the recipe (3 steps)
- Place all the crumble ingredients into a small bowl, and using your fingertips, gradually rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles dry breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the crumble over the cake batter.
- Bake the cake in the oven for around 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack for at least 1/2 hour, before undoing the springform surround and slicing.