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Walnut Apple Crumble Cake

  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes + 20 minutes cooling
  • Yield: 8-10 slices 1x


Moist spice cake baked with whole sliced apples and a sweet and crunchy walnut crumble.




Walnut Crumble

Spice Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup (180gC&H® Golden Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (110g) oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (130g) sour cream
  • C&H® Confectioners Sugar, for dusting



  1. Toss the apples in the C&H® Granulated Sugar and lemon juice and let them sit while you prep the rest of the cake.

Walnut Crumble

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix to combine. It will seem a bit wet, so let it chill in the refrigerator while you make the cake batter. It will dry up and turn into a crumbly consistency by the time the cake is ready to bake.

Spice Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease and line a 9″ springform pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the C&H® Golden Brown Sugar and oil. Once combined, whisk in the vanilla and eggs.
  4. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and whisk to combine. Then whisk in the sour cream.
  5. Once smooth, whisk in the remaining dry ingredients.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and spread it even. Arrange your apple slices on top in 6 clusters (see picture in post for reference). Take the crumble out of the refrigerator and sprinkle it on top, completely covering anywhere the cake batter is exposed. Don’t cover the apple slices.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean (makes sure to poke a cake section and not directly into the apples).
  8. Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes and then release the springform ring. Serve warm or allow it to cool completely. Dust with C&H® Confectioners Sugar if desired. Enjoy!

Keywords: apple cake, apple crumble cake, walnut crumble

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