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This Apple Crumb Cake Recipe is a lovely aromatic spice cake with shredded apples, roasted pears, and crumbly streusel topping.

Apple-Pear Crumb Cake 1

Before I tell you about this cake, I want to give a huge, heartfelt thank-you to all of you who commented on my last post! Your kind thoughts and words of encouragement meant the world to me. Thank you for your support and for reading my blog! xoxo, Faith

And now for the cake! I have found my ultimate autumn cake. Which, oddly enough, does not contain pumpkin, lol.

And if you’re a fan of New York-style crumb cake (you know, the coffee cake with the mile-high layer of streusel on top), this will likely be one of your favorites as well!

Apple Crumb Cake Recipe

In this cake, shredded apple is stirred into a spiced batter. Roasted pears form the middle layer, and the whole thing is topped with streusel.

A little bit of crème anglaise poured on top would be divine, but that really is gilding the lily.

Now, I’m not saying this is a healthy cake or anything because it has its fair share of butter and sugar. However, it does have whole wheat flour, a pound of apples, and four whole pears, which has to count for something, right?

Make this Apple Crumb Cake Recipe for a special occasion. Or if the occasion you’re making it for is just a Wednesday night, save a slice for yourself and pack the rest up to send to work with your hubby, lol.

Easy Apple Crumb Cake with Description

How to Store Apple Crumb Cake

Wrap the cake with plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for up to 3 days.

After that, move the cake to the fridge for up to 2 days longer.

If you still have some of this Apple Crumb Cake left after that, you can wrap it first in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil for up to 6 months in the freezer.

More Fall Cakes to Try:

Apple-Pear Crumb Cake 2
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Apple Crumb Cake Recipe

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Yields: 14 servings
This Apple Crumb Cake Recipe is a lovely aromatic spice cake with shredded apples, roasted pears, and crumbly streusel topping.

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Crumble Topping:




For the Crumble Topping:

  • Use a fork to cut together all ingredients for crumble topping in a large bowl (the mixture will look like large crumbs); set aside.

For the Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F; butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars; then beat in the eggs until light and fluffy. Beat in the milk and vanilla. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet, then fold in the shredded apple, being careful not to over-mix.
  • Spread 2/3 of the batter in an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan. Add the pears and spread in an even layer, leaving a rim along the outside of about 1/4 inch. Spread the remaining 1/3 of the batter evenly on the top of the pears. Sprinkle on the crumble topping.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. Cool completely, then dust with powdered sugar (if using) and serve.



Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 578IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Crumb Cake, Apple Crumb Cake Recipe

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on October 19, 2011. I updated it with more information on May 20, 2020.

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Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. These look fabulous. Can’t wait to try them.

  2. Sara (The Veggie Eco-Life) says:

    This looks amazing! I wish I could take a bite right now!

  3. what a wonderfully moist looking cake!

  4. I do love a good layer of streusel and this cake definitely has it! It looks so good- who needs pumpkin when you’ve got apples and pears? :)

  5. i find this altogether irresistible. each layer is magnificent in its own right–bravo, faith!

  6. We have a pear tree and I am always looking for pear recipes. But I would make this one just for the mile high streusel topping.

  7. Tori @ eat-tori says:

    You had me at streusal. Divine. As always.

  8. Would love to sit down with this cake and you as well and talk about your book over coffee. I am so excited for you and would LOVE to hear the story of you got published. This cake is the perfect comfort food.

  9. Veronica Miller says:

    Oh, I know that! I just thought it looked different from the new one. I don’t think I really examined it before. I like the little flares on the sides-very pretty.

  10. The addition of the roasted pears must have made this cake quite special indeed. As I’ve mentioned before…since pears don’t figure much in our desserts, I may just have to do with apples. I’m sure it will also be a homerun ;o)
    Great recipe and of course as usual you make me want more dessert ;)

    Ciao for now,

  11. It does look like the perfect autumn cake…and I don’t think I would even miss the pumpkin! The texture looks wonderful and the photos are as gorgeous as ever!

  12. Veronica Miller says:

    I have to make this! I love how much fruit is in there, it helps justify the butter and sugar and with whole wheat flour, it’s practically health food! :) (I like your header-has it changed?)

    1. Veronica, Lol, I changed my header a few months ago when I changed the look of my whole site (my site used to be black & white). I’m glad you like it though! :)

  13. Angie's Recipes says:

    Mile-high layer of streusel…that’s definitely my cake! This is a really beautiful autumn cake.

  14. Oh my! That looks like the quintessential cake to go with a good cup of coffee or tea. Yum!

  15. Gorgeous cake Faith, I love how the apples are shredded with the chopped poached pears in the cake and the crumb topping finishes it wonderfully!

  16. gah! This sounds and looks amazing! This is the second pear baked good I’ve read about today- I feel its a sign that I need to bake!

  17. I always like to bake with apples and pears in autumn but for some reason always keep them separate – this cake has shown me the error of my ways! I love the crumb topping and the involvement of fruit makes it perfect breakfast food right?!

  18. BeadedTail says:

    That looks so moist and oh so good! With whole wheat flour and fruit it has to be healthy too right? :)

  19. That crumble cake looks amazing and ever so delicious!



  20. Faith @ For the Health of It says:

    Ooh, bring on the streusel! The more, the merrier!

  21. Whole wheat flour and fruit qualifies this as breakfast food, no? Whatever meal you eat it for, it looks amazing!

    Also, YAY on the book! I honestly cannot wait for it, Faith!

  22. I know this would be my fave fall cake too—-it looks delish!

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