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Moist Apple Crumb Cake

Scott Phillips

Servings: 16

Applesauce makes this cake wonderfully moist while the walnut crumb topping adds a welcome crunch. Homemade applesauce is best, but store-bought is good, too.


For the topping

  • 1/4 lb. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 oz. (1 cup) whole walnuts, coarsely chopped

For the cake

  • 9 oz. (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup smooth homemade or store-bought applesauce
  • 1 cup sour cream

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on sixteen servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 380
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 160
  • Fat (g): 18
  • Saturated Fat (g): 9
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 65
  • Sodium (mg): 200
  • Carbohydrates (g): 51
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 5


Make the topping

  • Melt the butter in a medium bowl in the microwave (or in a skillet and pour into a medium bowl). Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and the cinnamon and stir until blended. Add the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and the walnuts, mixing with your fingers until it’s well combined; the mixture should be crumbly but also clump together. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the cake

  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch baking pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment and butter the parchment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to blend.
  • Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined (but not fluffy), scraping the bowl as needed, about 30 seconds. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until combined and scraping the bowl as needed.
  • Add about one-third of the flour mixture, mixing on medium low until combined. Add the applesauce, mixing on medium low until incorporated and scraping the bowl as needed. Mix in another third of the flour mixture, then the sour cream, and then the remaining flour mixture, mixing after each addition until just incorporated. Don’t overmix. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly.
  • Bake until the edges of the cake are slightly set and the rest is very jiggly, about 15 minutes. Scatter the walnut topping evenly over the cake and bake until the crumbs are golden brown, the center of the cake springs back when lightly touched, and a toothpick inserted in the center has a few moist crumbs sticking to it, 30 to 35 minutes; check the cake early and if the crumbs are golden but the cake isn’t fully baked, cover loosely with  foil. Let cool on a rack for at least 20 minutes. Serve warm.


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Reviews (13 reviews)

  • cottoncandy | 02/23/2020

    Lovely recipe, light and moist. My only critique was the crumble way too sweet, next time I’ll cut my 1/3.

  • Jackie3 | 01/19/2015

    Delicious! This was very easy to make, and came out perfectly. Very moist. Everyone loved it.

  • whatscooking | 10/06/2013

    They say this recipe is moist from the "applesauce," but methinks it's the cup of sour cream. Nevertheless, it is very delicious.

  • live2eat | 09/17/2013

    This cake is dee-licious! We have a nut allergy in the house, so I substituted large flake oats for the walnuts in the streusel topping. I also used 2% plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it still worked well. The cake is moist and flavorful and the topping adds a nice crunchy and sweet element. Definitely will make it again.

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