Apple Cake Recipe

We have an organic apple tree in our backyard that provides us with a bounty of fresh fruit ideal for home baking. It insures that I am always cooking up something fruity. 

Today I am sharing my apple crumble cake recipe and it is indeed a nutritious and delicious treat. Baking with fruit adds that little extra touch of healthy to a dessert. This tasty apple crumb cake is one of my husbands favourite recipes. It is fluffy soft on the bottom with a burst of flavour on top. I generally bake mine in a large baking dish but you can also do two smaller pans instead.

Apples can be crisp, tarty, or sweet, and they taste like a tiny drop of pure heaven when they are baked up into a dessert. One of the best aspects of an apple is its taste but apples are also one of nature's most nutritious foods. They are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and fibre. They are food that is good for you.

To Peel or Not to Peel?
Much of an apple's nutrition is found in or just under the skin and this leaves one to wonder if peeling apples for baking is something we should be doing. I often try to maintain as much nutrition as possible within the foods we consume so I will sometimes opt to not peel. This  depending on the recipe of course. 

If you choose not to peel your apples be sure to wash your fruit thoroughly and to cut the apple into smaller chunks than you would otherwise. The peel has a tough or chewy texture when cooked so cutting it into very tiny pieces will help to keep the cooked apple appetizing.

Apple Crumb Cake Ingredients

About 10 - 12 medium size apples

Cake Batter:

3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
2/3 cup canola or olive oil

Crumb Topping:

8 tablespoons margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Choice of cake pans: 

1 - 9 x13 cake pan or 2 - loaf pans or 2 - 8x8 cake pans


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Wash, core and chop apples. To lightly pre-cook add 1/2 cup water to pot filled with apples, cover, and cook over medium heat till apples soften (about 20 minutes). Stir in 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Stir occasionally during the cooking process to prevent sticking and to insure that all apples soften.

3. Mix together the dry ingredients for your batter mixture.
Stir in the wet ingredients to your batter mix.

4. Grease and flour your cake pans. Divide the batter into your  baking dishes. Keep in mind that the cake will rise as it cooks. (I have extra pans because I am preparing a double batch.)

5. Scoop the apples onto the top of the batter mix.

6. Prepare your crumb topping. Sprinkle this crumble onto the top of the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Add a scoop of ice cream or whip topping and enjoy.

Do something wonderful for your family today and bake them up a fruit filled crisp, pie, or cake. Fruit desserts are an easy way to sneak a serving of fruit into the kids without their noticing they are eating healthy. And it tastes great too.

If you have the opportunity to plant a fruit tree it really isn't any more difficult than having other trees on your property and the benefits are amazing. Our one tree provides enough fruit to last us through the year with spare to share. An apple peeler/corer makes the harvest easier to prepare for the freezer. 

I like that we have organic fruit trees. We manage staying chemical free simply by being nature friendly. We keep our cherry tree tall for the birds to enjoy the upper half allowing them free range on our property. They munch down an amazing amount of bugs. We occasionally pick up some ladybugs to help gobble up the tinier bugs which they love to munch out on. It all works out.

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