If there was ever a cake to make me feel nostalgic, it’s Apple Crumble Cake. My grandad is a great baker and ever since I can remember he’s been making tasty treats. Now, more often than not, it’s his infamous ‘chuck-it-in cake’ (there is a recipe for it, but he thinks he originally just threw all the ingredients together and the name ‘chuck-it-in cake’ sort of stuck). However, when I was a child, he always used to make Apple Crumble Cake. It was, and still is, my favourite!
The two comforts, Apple Crumble Cake and my grandad, go hand-in-hand in my memories of childhood. So, I guess it’s no surprise, I often find myself craving the cake when I need a bit of a pick-me-up. Knowing that, you would think I might have baked it myself a few times before now… but no, that’s not the case. In fact, I can’t remember ever having baked it before.
Over the last few months I’ve been dreaming of Apple Crumble Cake, and the comfort it brings. With everything that’s going on in the world, I guess I’ve been longing for some of that childhood comfort. So, for the first time, this weekend I decided to try baking one.
My grandad very kindly gave me a copy of the original recipe, from a 1980’s cookbook. It makes a larger cake than I wanted so I reduced the quantities, and I also tweaked the recipe slightly as I didn’t have a couple of the ingredients (that, and I love putting my own spin on things!).
The finished bake is so yummy! It’s not exactly the same as my grandad used to make (well, obviously, because I tweaked the recipe)… but, to be honest, I don’t think I could ever have made something to live up to my comforting memories. It’s become a bit like a landmark you once visited as a child, then grew up remembering as some huge, towering structure, only to revisit it again as an adult and realise it barely reaches your knee. However, it’s still very tasty and has definitely hit the spot. Plus… you’ve never tried my grandad’s Apple Crumble Cake, so you won’t know any difference!
Apple Crumble Cake Recipe
For the cake base:
75g softened butter
75g caster sugar
110g self-raising flour
Good pinch of ground cinnamon
Small pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2-3 tsp milk
250g of peeled, cored, and sliced/diced cooking apples
For the crumble topping:
50g hard butter – straight from the fridge
75g plain flour
50g caster sugar
2-3 tsp cold water
Start with the cake mix
Preheat the oven (180 degrees Celsius, 160 degrees Celsius with fan, Gas Mark 4) and line a 6 inch cake tin with baking paper.
Start with the cake base by creaming together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (keep going longer than you think).
Beat the egg, then add gradually to the creamed butter mixture. Mix well. Tip: add egg to cake mixes in small amounts at a time, along with a spoonful of flour, to help prevent curdling.
Sift the flour, salt, and spices together, then fold into the rest of the mixture. It should be a thick and quite stiff consistency (so it can withstand the juicy apple), but add 2-3 tsp of milk just to loosen it slightly.
Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and smooth over with the back of your spoon.
Spread your sliced/diced (it really doesn’t matter which, just nothing too big or chunky) apple evenly over the cake mixture.
Make the crumble topping by rubbing together the cold butter and plain flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar then, very gradually, add the cold water and stir through. The water should help the crumble clump together a little, forming slightly bigger ‘crumbs’.
Spoon the crumble topping evenly on top of the apple.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour 15-30 minutes, or until a cake tester (or skewer) comes out cleaner and the crumble is golden brown.
Serve hot or, as my family prefer, cool in the tin and then serve cold.
Now, storage is a bit of a debate in my family. I say, it’s like an apple crumble which I would always store in the fridge, but my mum says it’s a cake and therefore doesn’t need to be kept chilled, and my grandad’s verdict is it never lasts long enough (because it gets eaten so quickly) to know which is best. You decide.
There you have it, one Apple Crumble Cake. A yummy treat for autumn.
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