Time For Dessert
Christmas was full of cake, candy and Petits Fours. When January arrived, we took a break from sweets and desserts. We have only been eating fresh fruit salad. But after a while, you start craving certain things, so two days ago I decided to transform the apples in the fruit basket into a crumble cake. You can use other fruits like strawberries, blueberries, apricots or pears or a veggie like rhubarb. I have made this cake so many times but never thought of posting it until today.
The cake is very simple. The base is made of cake batter with chopped apples spread over on top and the crumble mixture spread over the apples. To achieve a nice crunchy crumble you should use demerera or turbinado sugar, but I highly recommend turbinado because it gives a better crunch. Demerera is a light brown, partially refined sugar with large grains and turbinado, also known as raw sugar, is a partially refined sugar with even larger grains. Serve the cake warm or cold, as a dessert, with ice cream, whipped cream or custard. You can also eat it without accompaniments. I love this simple dessert and I hope you’ll do too!
For more information on the types of sugars, please click here. Now continue to the recipe….
Apple Cinnamon Crumble Cake
Preparation Time: 15 minutes; Baking Time: 80-90 minutes; Makes: 8½ inch (22cm) cake
For the topping
- 125g (4½oz, 1 cup) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 75g (3oz) butter or margarine cubed (I used butter)
- 100g (4oz) demerera or turbinado sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 4-5 medium eating apples peeled and chopped (I used granny smith and golden delicious)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, extra
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Cake
- 150g (5½oz, 1¼ cup) all-purpose flour
- 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
- 125g (4oz, ½ cup 1 stick + 1 tbsp) butter or margarine
- 125g (4oz, ½ cup + 2 tbsp) castor sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- Cream, custard or ice cream to serve
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and line the base of an 8½ inch (21.5cm) spring form tin (pan) with parchment paper (greaseproof paper). I used 8¾ inches spring form pan.
For the topping:
- Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl. Rub in the butter or margarine until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the demerera or turbinado sugar and set aside. Mix the finely chopped apples with the extra cinnamon and lemon juice. Set aside.
For the Cake:
- Sift the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
- Beat butter or margarine and sugar with an electric mixture until light and fluffy. Add one egg at time and beat until combined before adding the next one. Gently fold in the flour with a metal or wooden spoon. Spoon the mixture into the base of the prepared spring form tin (pan).
- Spread the chopped apples on top. Lightly stir milk into the crumble mixture and spread over the apples.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 1½ hours. Serve warm or cold with custard, whipped cream or ice cream.
- For cup measures: spoon the flour into the cup, heaping it up over the top, then slide a knife across the top to level off the extra. Be careful not to shake or tap the cup to settle down the flour or you will have more than you need. I use a 237ml, American cup.
Points to note:
- Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperatures depending on your oven. I baked the cake at 350°F (180°C) for 1 hour 20 minutes using 8¾” (22cm) spring form tin (pan)
- Please note that turbinado sugar gives the best crumble (very crunchy). You can a mixture of turbinado and brown sugar.
- Last Updated: January 29, 2018
Step By Step Photos
Topping Ingredients: please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start
Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl.
Rub in the butter or margarine until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
Stir in the demerera or turbinado sugar and set aside. Mix the finely chopped apples with the extra cinnamon and lemon juice and set aside.
Cake Ingredients: please assemble all ingredients before you start
Sift the flour and baking powder
Combine butter and sugar in a bowl
And beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then add eggs, one at a time, and continue beating
Gently fold in the flour with a metal or wooden spoon.
The final mixture looks like this
Spoon the mixture into the base of the prepared spring form tin (pan).
Spread the chopped apples on top of the cake mixture.
Lightly stir milk into the crumble mixture
and spread the crumble mixture over the apples.
Bake in the preheated oven for 1½ hours or until cooked
I decorated the cake with some strawberries
It tasted super nice
Served warm or cold with custard, whipped cream or ice cream. We had it with lots of vanilla ice cream.
myfavouritpastime.com Last Updated: January 29, 2018