Hey guys! I’ve got another super easy fall bake for you this weekend- Apple Crumb Cake! Think coffee cake, but with a layer of apples stirred into apple butter right underneath the crumb topping- it’s so good!

Apple Crumb Cake Recipe

This cake comes together quickly, and it’s the perfect morning coffee treat. The apples keep the cake moist, and there’s warm spices running through every part of this cake. Let’s get to it!

Apple Crumb Cake

How to Make Apple Crumb Cake

We’re starting with the cake batter- this is a super simple cake base but we’re using some almond flour for a little more texture and flavor. I’m using cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in this cake, but you can use any warm spices that you like here. This is what the batter should look like:

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Once your cake batter is in the pan, you can spread in your apple mixture. I’m just using some store-bought apple butter and a fiji apple here- use whatever you have! Just keep the apples pretty small here- you want them to cook through while baking.

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Finally, we’re topping the whole thing with a lot of crumb topping! It might look like too much crumb topping, but go ahead and use it all, trust me!

Apple Crumb Cake Batter

Then it’s off to the oven to bake this baby up! You’ll be left with a pretty little spicy, apple-y cake that’s perfect for the whole weekend and really any time! This is a breakfast cake if I’ve ever seen one.

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Tips & Tricks for Apple Crumb Cake

Here are my tips and tricks to make sure you get the best apple crumb cake!

  • Can I skip the almond flour? Yes, if you prefer, you can swap in all purpose flour for the almond flour with no adjustment to the measurement.
  • Do I need to make my own apple butter? No- I’m using a store-bought apple butter here and you can use one as well! Or by all means, if you have some homemade- go for it.
  • What if my crumb is too wet? Don’t worry- just add in a little more flour, a tablespoon at a time until you’ve got a soft but crumbly mixture.
  • What if my crumb is too dry? This time you can add a touch more oil until it comes together into a mixture that holds into crumbs when pinched together.
  • How do I know when my apple crumb cake is done? You can use a cake tester, and you should have just a couple bits of the apple mixture sticking to it when you poke the tester into the center of the cake. The top should be a deep golden brown, and the cake should not jiggle.
  • I’m at about 5,000 ft above sea level, and I find that most people who live between about 3,000 and 7,000 ft. above sea level do not need to make any adjustments to my recipes.
Apple Crumb Cake Recipe

Hope you guys love this one!

5 from 1 vote

Apple Crumb Cake


For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup apple butter
  • 1 large apple peeled and cut into small chunks

For the crumb:

  • 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and generously grease an 8-inch square or round cake pan. Optionally, line the cake pan with parchment paper that has over-hanging strips to help with removing the cake from the pan. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, almond flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, cloves, and salt. In a medium bowl, stir together the egg, buttermilk, oil, and almond extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir together with a spatula until well combined. Pour the cake batter into your prepared cake pan and spread evenly. Then spread your filling mixture on top of the batter- it’s ok if it swirls together a little.
  2. For the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, almond flour, brown sugar, melted butter, oil, and almond extract with a fork until large crumbs form. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly all over the top of the cake, using all of the crumb mixture. Bake the cake for 38-40 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out fairly clean, with just some apple mixture sticking to it. Cool completely in the pan before slicing and serving.


  1. Cordelia Smith

    November 29, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    5 stars
    going to make this gluten-free tomorrow buy substituting the flour for Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF flour. Already giving it 5 stars because you are the queen of cakes and everything I make from your blog or books is perfection!

    • Dough-Eyed

      December 1, 2021 at 4:39 pm

      I'm so glad to hear you're loving all the recipes! Thank you so much for the kind words!!


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