New York Crumb Cake with Apple

2 Mar

This is my own take on the traditional New York Crumb cake with a bit of a twist. As much as I loved the cinnamon crumb topping the cake I felt that it would and could be so much more with the addition of apple! I was right 🙂


2tbsp Vegetable oil
225g Plain flour
112g Granulated sugar
2 1/2tsp Baking powder
1 Egg
125ml Milk
4tsp Vanilla essence

For the crumble:
375g Plain flour
175g Muscovado sugar
2tsp Cinnamon
225g Butter melted

Estimated time: 60 minutes

For the compote:
4 Cooking apples
2tbsp Granulated sugar


First the compote, this is very easy and quite quick to do. Firstly peel your apples and cut them in half and then half again. Now you want to carefully cut the core off, the easiest way to do this is to hold the apple piece on its side and cut diagonally down making sure the core is cut off. Now slice and dice the apple and scrape into a saucepan with the caster sugar. Gently heat the apple and stir occasionally until they cook down. Once cooked down leave to one side to cool.


Now the sponge. Weigh the flour, sugar and baking powder into a bowl together. In another bowl weigh the milk, vanilla, egg and the oil. Whisk these together so that the oil is combined.


Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the liquid a bit at a time. Once all the dry ingredients are mixed in, scrape it into a lined cake tin and spread it evenly. Don’t worry that it doesn’t look like much mix, it rises a lot, it surprised me the first time I made it!!


Spread the apple compote on top of the sponge forming a tasty layer of apple goodness 🙂


Now the topping! Weigh the muscovado, flour and cinnamon into a bowl together. Melt the butter in the microwave before pouring it into the dry ingredients. Stir the butter in until it forms big crumbs. Now sprinkle the crumbs on top of the apple finishing the cake. Bake at 180c for 25-30 minutes. When the cake is cooked a skewer should come it clean. Allow to cool before cutting!


I hope you enjoy this cake. I find it pretty amazing, especially with tea ( yes that is an English tradition that I rather enjoy :p ). The addition of the apple has lightened the cake hugely and goes so well with the cinnamon making it a brilliant snack 🙂



4 Responses to “New York Crumb Cake with Apple”

  1. scarletscorchdroppers March 2, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    This looks delicious. It looks like it would be nice served warm too!

  2. myninjanaan March 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    i love your little twist! No one can go wrong with the combination of apples and cinnamon. It’s a guaranteed success 🙂

    • justthebasicscooking March 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

      Haha, thank you! That’s what I thought, especially as apple is always an amazing pudding either in cakes or on its own 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: