Cinnamon Apple Cake

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Some ingredients were just made to go together! Some ingredients you wonder how they even survive without the other…..for example, how can you bake apples without cinnamon? Surely it’s in a law book somewhere that they MUST go together. This Cinnamon Apple Cake, is crumbly, soft and totally delicious all at the same time!

This recipe is from an old book that my Mum gave me a couple of years back. It’s a book that I always knew as a kid, because I think she had it from when I was about 2 years old. It’s a great book with some classic recipes, which to fair probably weren’t that old back then!

Cinnamon Apple Cake Recipe

She still bakes, but tends to get recipes either from me and my blog, or from other blogs she find online. So I think the book was donated to me because it was just not getting the use it should – although, its very well thumbed and perhaps should be retired by now.

Cinnamon Apple Cake Recipe

This Cinnamon and Apple Cake was actually classed as a Tea Cake, but I’m not sure anyone would really understand what that is anymore. Instead I would describe it as a crumble cake, or a cake with a streusel topping. How ever you describe it, its delicious.

It has a classic apple, cake base, but then with a crumbly, crunchy topping. It’s made with fresh apples and oodles of cinnamon, and is an amazing flavour.


This cake is great for selling at Fairs and Markets or in a Cafe. It’s a fab flavour to be sold as a whole cake and can be sold in tinfoil trays from a market stall.

In a café it will be a great addition to an Autumn Menu and will go well with Afternoon Tea.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

A delicious soft cake with a crunchy streusel topping. Filled with soft Apple with a cinnamon kick
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course cake, desssert
Cuisine English


Cake Base

  • 225 gms Plain Flour
  • 0.5 tspn Salt
  • 1.5 tspn Baking powder
  • 75 gms Butter and Baking Spread
  • 75 gms Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 140 ml Milk
  • 1 Chopped Apple

Crunchy Cinnamon Topping

  • 25 gms Plain Flour
  • 50 gms Granulated Sugar
  • 0.5 tspn Cinnamone – use more to taste
  • 35 gms Cold Butter or Baking Spread


  • Preheat your oven to 190c, 170c fan, Gas Mark 5, 350f
  • Grease and line an 8" Brownie Baking Tin or equivalent
  • First you make the cake base by sifting together the flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl
  • Cut the butter or baking spread into small cubes and rub into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs
  • Mix through the caster sugar
  • In a jug, beat together the egg and milk, and add to the other ingredients
  • Mix through until you have a soft batter
  • Core and chop the apple into small pieces and stir through the mix. You can peel the apple if you want, but I didn't bother
  • Pour the mix into the baking tin and place to one side while you make the topping
  • For the topping put the sugar, cinnamon and flour into a mixing bowl and mix together
  • Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs
  • Sprinkle the mix over the batter in the baking tin and spread out evenly
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer placed in the centre comes out clean
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack and allowing to cool fully.
Keyword apple cake, traybake

If you’ve enjoyed this, why not try my Little Apple Cakes. Read here how to make the best Light and Fluffy Sponge Cake.

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