Apple Streusel Cake

  First off, congratulations to Janie @ Janie’s True North for winning the Dreamfields Pasta giveaway! Also, thank you to everyone else who commented yesterday. Anyways…

This is the fourth apple dessert we’ve posted in the last 2 weeks. Remember the Apple Pie Dip, the Caramel Apple Cider Cookies and the Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie? Yumm. Yeah…I do too. I’m just about apple’d out, but I’m not quite there yet.
My mom has been making this Apple Streusel Cake for a few years now, ever since our neighbor baked it for us and gave us the recipe. I think that streusel might be German for sprinkle or crumb topping. I’m not sure. But I do know that the streusel is crumbly and I love it!

This is the kind of cake that you’ll find yourself making for no particular reason, eating for no particular reason, and finishing within one day…for no particular reason! And while it’s not the prettiest cake out there (it’s kind of a hot mess), what it lacks in presentation it gains in home-baked deliciousness.

We decided to serve our Apple Streusel Cake with a scoop of ice cream. And lucky for us we just happened to have yummy caramel ice cream from Whole Foods on hand. It was a perfect match. Vanilla would be great too, or even a simple whipped cream topping. Heck eat it plain, you don’t even need the ice cream topping!

Here’s what you’ll need

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and salt

Cut in the butter until the butter resembles small peas

Press into a baking dish. We used an 8×8

Prepare the streusel next by combining butter, flour, sugar and salt with your hands. Set aside

Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture onto the apples. We used light brown and granulated…just for fun!

Spread the apples evenly over the crust

Sprinkle with streusel topping then pop in the oven

We served ours with ice cream. It would be good with whipped cream too…or plain!


Apple Streusel Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert


For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, cold

For the Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup sifted flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, at room temp

For the Filling:

  • 4 peeled and chopped cooking apples (we used Granny Smith, Jonathan would be good too)
  • 1/2 cup light brown or granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Start with the crust, combine flour, sugar and salt then cut in the butter until mixture resembles tiny peas. Press mixture into an 8×8 or 9-inch square pan. Set aside.
  • Next prepare the streusel. In a medium bowl, use your hands to roughly work the flour, sugar, salt and butter until it’s combined and crumbly. Set aside.
  • For the filling, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle the apples with the sugar-cinnamon mixture and stir until coated. Evenly spread apples onto crust then sprinkle with the streusel.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until brown and bubbly. Serve alone or with a scoop of ice cream.
Keyword apple, cake