Who’s ready for fall baking? It may have been 90 degrees this week, but I couldn’t wait any longer! Warm apple crumb cake filled with cinnamon and fresh nutmeg, topped with epic amounts of crumb – yeah, this was definitely worth turning on the oven!
What I love most about this crumb cake, besides all that crumb love, is how simple it is to make. It’s one of those no fuss recipes that people always swoon over and ask me for the recipe. I think the big secret here is the nutmeg and I’m not talking about the stuff in a jar. You have to get whole nutmeg and grate it. When you do that, it releases all the oils and adds the most wonderful warm flavor to baked goods. Trust me on this one.
As for the crumb, I really have no words. All I can tell you is all those spices and dark brown sugar make it really hard to keep your paws off of it.
Once it cools, just lift it out of the pan and dust it with a little powdered sugar. It’s not overly sweet and the crumb/cake ratio is perfect. The warm brown sugar and spices are made for chilly fall mornings and every few bites you get the apple. I do recommend using granny smith apples for this recipe. It holds up really well and adds a nice little pop of flavor throughout the cake.
All that’s left to do now is make some coffee! Have a great weekend and happy baking!
- 1 cup AP flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 and 1/4 tsp. teaspoons ground cinnamon
- pinch freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3.5 ounces (7 Tablespoons) unsalted butter-melted
- 5 ounces unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 1 and 1/2 cups AP flour
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
- 1&1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup diced granny smith apple (this is about 1 large apple)
- Mix all dry ingredients together in bowl.
- Pour in melted butter and mix together with a fork making sure everyone gets coated. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8" square pan with non-stick and line with parchment.
- Cream butter and sugars till light and fluffy.
- Mix in eggs and vanilla.
- Alternate adding dries and sour cream starting and ending with dries.
- Stir in diced apples and pour batter into prepared pan. Even it out with a spatula if needed.
- Top with crumb topping and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes till toothpick inserted comes out clean.