Apple Streusel Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, cake, dessert, streusel
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
This Apple Streusel Cake is a delicious baked recipe for fall. Whether you serve it for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack, you're going to love this sweet treat!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar - packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced peeled apples (I used Granny Smith.)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar - packed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter - melted
  • 1 egg - lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8-inch springform pan (or a 9-inch square baking pan).
  • Next, prepare your streusel by stirring together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle this mixture with the melted butter and vanilla. Toss together with a fork to combine.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the apples in the 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Stir in the brown sugar. Simmer, uncovered, for about 60 seconds. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the melted butter and toss with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla. Stir just until moistened. (The batter will be lumpy.)
  • Spread about 1 cup of the batter into the prepared pan. Spoon the apple filling over the batter in an even layer. Sprinkle with 2/3 cups of the streusel mixture. Drop the remaining batter in small mounds onto the filling. Sprinkle with remaining streusel.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the icing by whisking together the powdered sugar, spices, salt, and enough apple cider to create a drizzling consistency.
  • Serve warm, drizzled with the icing. (The cake is still delicious served at room temperature.)

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