Thanksgiving was a blur. B's mom came in town so that we could all celebrate at my parent's, but my work schedule was such that I did a lot of running around. I ended up leaving work early on Thanksgiving, and making it to my parent's without a hitch, but then working on Friday (and again on Sunday) meant that I was one tired lady come the end of the weekend!
But that's OK, because when I finally did get a chance to sit down and relax, albeit briefly, on Saturday morning, I got to partake in a (leftover) slice of this cinnamon apple crumb cake. This heavenly cinnamon apple crumb cake. Loaded with crumbs, there's barely any cake to hold it together...but that's just the way crumb cakes are supposed to be! (I so wish you could see the delicious middle layer of this cake with cinnamon crumb and apple deliciousness and the tasty cider glaze drizzle in this picture.)
I didn't have an 8" springform pan, so I ended up using a regular 9" cake pan. Not a worry at all, but it did make my cake layers ever so slightly thinner. It did not affect the taste at all, but it did make for a not-as-pretty photo op of the cake. Please, don't go by the look of my photos, this cake is totally a keeper. And easy. And delicious. Well, you get the picture (no pun intended, I swear!)...
Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake
For the cinnamon streusel crumb:
1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (I pretty much use a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon in every recipe that calls for a tsp of cinnamon, so that's what I did here, as well....so good!)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter melted
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large (or 2 small) tart apples -- peeled and chopped
For the cake:
4 Tbsp butter -- room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp alt
1/2 tsp baking powder
For the cider glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1.5-2 Tbsp apple cider
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Grease an 8" springform pan (or 8" or 9" cake pan) and line the bottom with the parchment paper.
Make cinnamon streusel crumb mixture.
Whisk together dry ingredients.
Add melted butter and vanilla.
Stir until the mixture if evenly moist.
Peel and dice apples.
Cover loosely with saran wrap to avoid apple turning brown.
Make the cake.
Cream together 4 Tbsp butter with 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and beat well.
Add vanilla and sour cream.
In another bowl, stir together 1 cup flour, baking soda, alt, and baking powder.
Add to the butter mixture.
Stir until just combined.
Spread half of the cake mixture on the bottom of the pan (it will be a very thin layer).
Spread the apple chunks evenly over the batter.
Sprinkle 1 cup of the cinnamon streusel crumbs over the apples.
Spread the remaining batter over the crumbs.
Top with the remaining crumb mixture.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Before removing from the pan, run a knife around the cake.
Make the glaze.
Whisk together the powdered sugar with apple cider.
Drizzle over the cake.