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Grandma's delicious apple cinnamon cake

Updated: Mar 30, 2022

A deliciously simple Apple Cinnamon Cake made from scratch. This soft, tender Apple Cake is packed with fresh apples and topped with a crunchy cinnamon topping.

This is by far one of my favorite cakes, ever. Just between us, I once hid it in the pantry and devoured it all, in its entirety within 24 hours!

This Cinnamon Apple Cinnamon Cake is very easy to make. You basically just need a bowl and spoon or fork – I love that you don't need an electric mixer.

Here are some tips for you:

  • You can use any kind of apple you like, my go to for baking is usually Royal Gala apples. You’ll need to peel and then chop your apple into roughly 1/2 inch squares.

  • Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredient until combined – try not to over mix.

  • The crumble is made using sugar and cinnamon. Mix together using melted butter until it clumps like sand. Sprinkle over the top of your cake batter – no need to be perfect here. One time I forgot the crumble and boy was I upset!

  • Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


For the Apple cake:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 cup of sugar (I often reduce it to 1/2 a cup)

  • 1 cup of peeled and roughly chopped apples (approximately 1 large apple),

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt

For the Cinnamon topping:

  • 1/4 cup of sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 inch round cake tin (if I’m out of Pam spray, I use butter).

  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Add chopped apple and stir briefly to combine.

  3. In a separate bowl, add eggs, vanilla, oil and yogurt. Whisk briefly just to break up the egg yolks.

  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and gently mix with a wooden spoon until combined – but be careful not to over mix. Spoon batter into prepared tin.

  5. To make cinnamon topping, combine cinnamon, sugar and butter. Mix together until lumpy and wet. Sprinkle over cake batter.

  6. Bake cake for approximately 30-35 minutes.

  7. Bon appétit!

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28 de nov. de 2022

I love this recipe! So easy to make. Great job!

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