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Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake {Bakery Style}

Apple cinnamon crumb cake is a delicious morning treat! Moist, buttery cake, filled with fresh apples and a ribbon of cinnamon streusel, finished with a crumb topping. Bakery style goodness! 

Sometimes, I feel that words don’t adequately describe the taste of food, because we need to utilize our senses to appreciate the deliciousness. Our eyes need to gaze on its beauty, and our sense of smell needs to breathe in the earthy aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and baked apples. We use our ears to be attentive to the moaning and rumbling of our stomach, as it aches for the taste of a true bakery style coffee cake.

The kind of cake that you may have experienced from a local bakery in your town. My childhood memories revolve around Meuer’s Bakery, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. That is where my heart lived as a young child.

Trips there with my dad on Sunday mornings were as wonderful as daddy/daughter time can get for an 8-year old. Being the youngest girl in the family, and sharing a birthday with my dad, had definite advantages! I was always the first one in our family to bite into a warm doughnut. Riding in the front seat, with full control over the radio was a huge deal, you guys! 😉

Meuer’s had free, freshly baked samples on the counter, and my little fingers were the first to welcome them.

Back to the sensory overload of apple cinnamon crumb cake…

As your fingers delicately lift the buttery-moist cake to your lips, you’ll know in an instant that your mouth and tongue are in for some yummi love!

Here’s the apple cinnamon crumb cake recipe. Enjoy!

Bakery Style Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake - Buttery, moist coffee cake, filled with fresh cinnamon apples and a ribbon of cinnamon streusel

Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake

One bite of this moist coffee cake will take your mind to your favorite bakery! It's packed with cinnamon, walnuts, and apples, and topped with a crunchy streusel and a sprinkle of confectioner's sugar,
3.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 492 kcal


For the Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar (caster sugar)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or neutral flavored oil
  • 1/2 cup milk (any variety)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple or other baking variety apple, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

For Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 oz. butter softened


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F. (375 convection)
  • Lightly grease a 9" square baking pan; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Make a well in center of the dry ingredients; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, butter or oil, and milk. Pour wet ingredients into well in center of dry ingredients and use a spatula to mix just until combined and no flour remains.
  • In a small bowl, combine ingredients for filling. In another small bowl, combine ingredients for struesel topping. Use fingers to combine the butter into the dry mixture. The result should resemble coarse meal, with pieces the size of peas.
  • Pour half of cake batter into pan and sprinkle filling evenly over it. Place sliced apples evenly over filling. Add remaining batter and sprinkle struesel topping evenly over top of batter.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until knife inserted into cake comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.


If you can't find superfine sugar, place regular granulated sugar into a food processor or coffee grinder.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 492kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 6gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 371mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 2gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 545IUVitamin C: 0.9mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 2.1mg
Tried this recipe? Mention @itsyummi or tag #itsyummirecipe!

Here are a few more delicious apple recipes for you to enjoy:

Salted caramel apple popcorn cookies are one of my favorite fall cookies. They are a great combination of caramel apples and caramel popcorn!

Apple Pie Egg Rolls are a sweet, deep fried treat.

Apple Pie Ice Cream Bowls are going to change the way you eat apple pie ala mode. Trust me on this!


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  1. Do not make this cake. First, the bake time is not accurate. I checked it at 25 mins and the center was still raw and after another 7 mins the edges started getting hard but the center was still not cooked. I think maybe a lower temperature and longer bake time would be better. The other problem is trying to take it out of the pan after cooling for 10 mins. It could not be lifted out of the pan without it falling apart and since it has a crumb top, turning it upside down makes a mess. I had planned to bring it to a brunch which in the end, I couldn’t since it was falling apart. It did taste ok but not great.

  2. I used to bake apple cinnamon crumb pie until I saw your blog. I tried your recipe and it turns out great. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  3. This has got to be the BEST apple cake recipe I have ever made!!!!!!! I had to make another one after I gave some to my Parent’s!! It is so easy to make and goes great with coffee…..looks like I will have to make another one for the weekend!!! Thanks for all the awesome recipes!!! Keep them coming please!!!!

    1. Hi Mary,
      If you’re going to try to make them in the PC brownie pan, I would recommend that you only fill the wells half full, since the cake WILL rise. Also, the cooking time will be much less. I’d try baking them at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center. If it comes out dry, you’re good to go! Otherwise, cook for a couple more minutes at a time until you get a clean toothpick 🙂

      If you try it, I’d love to know how it works out for you!

    1. I’m sorry about the error in the directions, Nancy. There were actually two errors, but I’ve got it corrected now. In addition to the brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts, you’ll need 1/2 cup flour and 2 ounces (1/2 stick) of butter. I hope you enjoy the cake!

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