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This caramel apple crumb cake has several delicious layers: light and fluffy cake, tender cinnamon apples, soft crumb topping, and creamy caramel glaze.
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Today, I'm sharing a variation on classic crumb cake. This cake has four delicious layers: light and fluffy cake, tender cinnamon-coated apples, soft crumb topping, and buttery caramel glaze.
Make sure you use a deep-dish cake pan to make this recipe, because there is quite a bit of batter. If you're not sure, but your cake pan on your oven's top rack, and a baking sheet to catch any drips on the second rack.
Also, rather than use a different bowl for each of the first three layers of this cake, I just used the same bowl for each one. For the caramel sauce, you can use store-bought (the real stuff, please, not caramel ice cream topping), or make your own.
I love crumb cakes at brunch, or on holiday mornings, particularly when you need to serve a crowd. The apples make it perfect for autumn or winter holiday breakfasts.
Also, the cake can be made a day ahead of time and either briefly re-warmed in a 300 degree oven, or served at room temperature. Just don't add the caramel sauce until just before you're ready to serve.
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- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
Cinnamon Apple Filling:
- 2 Envy apples, peeled, cored and chopped to about ½-inch pieces
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter melted
- 3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a13x9 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until combined.
- Beat in the softened butter into the flour mixture until combined and resembles sandy crumbs.
- Add in eggs, vanilla and buttermilk and beat until fully combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula.
- In a small bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Using a fork, mash the softened butter into the flour mixture until soft crumbs form. Toss with the apples.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon apple mixture evenly over the cake batter and lightly press into the cake batter with a spatula. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix sugar with cinnamon and salt. Add in the melted butter and combine using a fork. Once the butter is fully combined, add the flour and mix with a fork or using your hands until fully combined.
- Sprinkle streusel topping over the cinnamon apple layer until evenly distributed. You may not need all of the crumb mixture.
- Bake cake in a 350 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes, until fully baked. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- Just before serving, gently warm the caramel sauce in a microwave just until pourable. Use a fork or spoon to drizzle over the cake.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 679Saturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 99gFiber: 2gSugar: 49gProtein: 7g
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