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Who’s up for cake today?

Cinnamon Apple Crumble Cake | @hbharvest

Cool, because I may just have the best cinnamon apple crumble cake in all the land. All you need to decide is whether to eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Because really, when is cake not the most perfect thing ever? Truth… it’s always perfect, any time of day! But especially this cake, it’s loaded with apples, is crazy buttery, and topped with the most cinnamony crumble ever.

Cinnamon Apple Crumble Cake | @hbharvest

I’m not sure if you guys know this or not, but it’s officially fall cookbook season, and well… there are just so many great new cookbooks being released!

SIDE NOTE: thinking about doing a Holiday Gift Guide for cookbooks, what do you think?

I’m really excited to share this recipe with you today because it comes from Meike Peters new cookbook, Eat in My Kitchen.

Ever since embarking on this journey of writing a cookbook, I’ve realized just how much work goes into writing a book. You guys, it’s no joke!! I am currently working through all the edits, and while I am so excited to be getting closer to sharing the book with you all, it’s also crazy scary…and well, my eyes are slightly tired. Basically I am just praying that when the book is released you guys will all love it to pieces!

It’s so awesome that I have the opportunity to help others celebrate their cookbook release by sharing a recipe from their book with you guys! It’s fun for me, and such a great way to let you all in on the books I am loving!

Cinnamon Apple Crumble Cake | @hbharvest

SO. Today we are talking about Eat in My Kitchen. Oh man, this book is just packed to the brim with recipes I love, so many great ones and so many that I know you will all love. But when I stumbled on this most perfect cinnamon fruit crumble cake, I knew that this was the recipe I needed to make and share with you all.

Let me just start off by saying that this cake is all kinds of incredible, AND that Meike made it really adaptable to all of the seasons by suggesting three types of fruit you can use – plums, rhubarb or apples.

Seeing as I am obsessed with all things fall, and all things honeycrisp apples, I went with apples as my fruit… so, so, so good!

Cinnamon Apple Crumble Cake | @hbharvest

What I love most about this cake is that while some fruit cakes can be on the dry side, this cake is anything but. It’s moist, buttery and almost even doughy in the center if you cook it for just under and hour…which I did…and it was perfection.

This cake is somewhat broken up into three layers. The base cake layer, the apple layer and then the crumble layer. All three layers are delicious, but together they truly make for the most perfect cake, and all of that cinnamon sugar crumble atop of those crisp apples… beyond amazing!

This is the perfect cake to serve warm, dusted lightly with powdered sugar.

And yes, I do think this cake is acceptable, not only for dessert, but also as a very special (i.e. something to look forward to) breakfast or mid-day snack. <–hey, apples qualify for both breakfast and a snack ?

Cinnamon Apple Crumble Cake | @hbharvest

Bottom line: cake like this is great anytime, and since Tuesdays are usually in need of a little pick me up, you should totally be making this cake after work…

Cinnamon Apple Crumble Cake | @hbharvest

Cinnamon Apple Crumble Cake.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 292 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean seeds removed (or 1 vanilla)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4-5 baking apples halved, cored and sliced


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup + 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean seeds removed (or 1 vanilla)
  • 2 1/8 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Butter a 10-inch springform pan.
  • To make the cake: in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla seeds for a few minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, incorporating each egg in before adding the next. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until creamy.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this to the butter-sugar mixture and mix with an electric mixer for 1 minute or until well combined. Scrape the batter into the butter springform pan and arrange the apples on top, pushing the apples slices gently into the batter.
  • For the crumble, whisk together the flour, 2/3 cup sugar, vanilla seeds, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the melted butter and mix until crumbles form. Sprinkle the crumble over the fruit. Then in a small bowl, whisk together 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, sprinkle over top of the crumble.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden on top. If you insert a skewer in the center, it should come out almost clean. Let the cake cool for at least 15 minutes before taking it out of the pan.


*Adapted with permission from [Eat in My Kitchen |] by Meike Peters.
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  1. 1 star
    Confused how this recipe has 4 stars. When I read the reviews after looking at the cement like dough this recipe created, so many had comments about how the cake is dense, dry and generally not good yet they still have 4 stars. It seems written in haste – wrong pan, wrong amount of crumble, totally and completely dry like cement. I love the cooking recipes but I’ve been frequently disappointed by the baking recipes. The photos get me in how lovely it looks, but the actual baked item is mediocre. All flash. The crumble was nice but the entire cake recipe needs an overhaul.

  2. 3 stars
    The flavours in this cake were perfect, but I can’t help thinking there should be some milk or other liquid added into the cake part. As I was putting the mixture into the tin, I could just tell how it was going to end up. It was dense, hard and dry. It was delicious with some cream, but on its own it was far too dry. I followed the recipe exactly.

  3. Turned out delicious but butter was pooled on top of the cake when it was done baking. 1/2 cup butter in the crumble made it so wet and I’m not sure why that would be. I kept thinking I read it wrong and it was supposed to be 1/4 cup.

  4. Hello, I made this cake yesterday and it was delicious and looked amazing
    but the apples rose to the top and were not mixed in to the dough, why would that be ?

  5. Hi I made the cake two times and the cake comes out a bit dry. Not sure what I am doing wrong. Is it suppose to be a bit on the dry side? Any recommendations?

  6. I think your pan in the picture is a 10” tart pan not a spring form. I noticed that there was too much crumb mixture for a 10” spring form as well. Suggest 1/2 the crumb if you want the apples exposed and pretty.

    1. Hi Shivani,
      The vanilla beans are usually sold in the spice aisle, you just slice them open and scrape out the insides. I hope this helps! xx