Apple Streusel Crumb Cake Recipe

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
If you love old-fashioned recipes then you're going to totally enjoy this Apple Streusel Crumb Cake Recipe from the 1940s time period and it's so easy to make!.

The cake is a scratch heavy texture made with simple pantry ingredients. 

Grandma and mom whipped this style crumb cake in no time it's so so darn simple.

Often they served it to guests because it was perfect with a good cup of tea or coffee but I loved this cake, the crumb topping is my favorite.

As time went on I doubled the crumb topping (it was so good) and added fruits occasionally to change it up a little!

We love this recipe at breakfast time also along with some others you can try like our Baked Pancake Casserole or our Simple Baked Bacon and Egg Cupcake Quiche the kids absolutely love both and if you're not in a hurry try our Simple Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausages!

Scroll down to our recipe card for this easily printable super simple how-to make the best crumb cake from scratch recipe ever!

How To Make Old Fashioned Crumb Cake Easy

  1. Make the crumb topping and set it aside
  2. Beat the eggs and sugar together, stir in the other ingredients
  3. Place any fruit if using on the bottom
  4. Add the crumb topping after baking first for 10 minutes so it doesn't sink
  5. Finish baking, cool, and dust with powdered sugar

crumb topping pressed into a batter for cake

Ingredients You Will Need

  • flour
  • white sugar or brown
  • whole milk
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • egg
  • chopped apples or pie filling
  • softened butter
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla

crumb cake with apples

Other Additions or Substitutions

  1. chopped or diced fruits strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, cherries, pear, pineapple, mango, and fig ( just toss them with a little brown sugar or honey or follow the simple steps I do with fresh apples in the recipe card)
  2. dried fruits,
  3. nuts
  4. coconut
  5. mini chocolate chips

Tools You Need

  1. 13 x 9 sheet pan or use a  muffin pan
  2. measuring cups
  3. measuring spoons
  4. knife
  5. spatula

More Apple Recipes

Apple Crumb Cake
Apple Blueberry Slab Pie
Pork Chop with Apple Stuffing
Country Apples
Apple Fried Donuts

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A Great Fall Treat

Did I mention you can do this layered in muffin pans?.

If your family has scaled down a bit, that is the perfect solution to use a muffin tin.

When I make these for just the two of us I freeze most of them because they freeze great!

Just place them on a cookie sheet after they cool, freeze and toss them in a freezer container for another time when your craving a delicious breakfast or anytime treat!

Terrific to serve unexpected guests with tea or coffee or need to bring to any event or outing.

They are perfect for road trips, kids on the go for school, and just a great little snack!

Apple Streusel Crumb Cake Recipe

Apple Streusel Crumb Cake Recipe

Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
This is an old-fashioned crumb-style coffee cake. you can make it with or without an apple layer.


  • Crumb Cake Batter:
  •  2 cups flour 
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1 cup of sugar
  •  1 stick of softened butter 
  • 1 /2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup whole milk 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  •  Crumb Topping: 
  • 2 cups flour 
  • 2 sticks of  butter (1 cup) softened
  •  2 cups brown sugar
  •  2 tablespoons cinnamon 
  • Optional Filling: 
  • 1 can apple pie filling or use 4 fresh apples minced with a tablespoon flour and 2 tablespoons water 
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon set aside.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Grease a 13 x 9 cake pan.
  3.  Mix the softened butter with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon until it makes a crumb effect, and set this aside.
  4.  Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer with sugar until light in color. 
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. 
  6. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture, adding the milk and vanilla stir until blended. 
  7. Spoon pie filling on the bottom of the prepared pan (if using).
  8.  Spoon batter onto the top of the apple pie filling with the added cinnamon sugar added to the pie filling. 
  9. Bake at 375 degrees, for around 10 minutes, remove from the oven, then add the crumb topping.
  10. This is so it doesn't sink into the batter.
  11.  Place back in the oven and continue baking for up to 45 minutes using the toothpick method in the center if it comes out clean then it's done. 
  12. Cool completely before cutting the crumb cake. 
  13. Dust with powdered sugar.


Other Additions or Substitutions

  1. chopped or diced fruits strawberry, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, cherries, pear, pineapple, mango, fig ( just toss them with a little brown sugar or honey or follow the simple steps I do with fresh apples in the recipe card)
  2. dried fruits,
  3. nuts
  4. coconut
  5. mini chocolate chips

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Blueberry Cake Mix Cake

Spanish Bar Cake

Hot Milk Cake

Sour Milk Cake

Pistachio Cake

crDisclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2017. It was edited and re-published in 2021.mb topping pressed into a batter for cake

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. What a delicious apple pie. Amazing combination with coffee :) Bye, have a great week

  2. My mother-in-law used to make coffee cake, her claim to fame. I haven't had a good one since she died. I will definitely have to give this one a try.

  3. wonderful yummy cake Claudia. Here is raining (how comes??) as usual and I could do with something like that to cheer me up!

  4. I just went apple picking and this would be perfect to make if I can find some time.

  5. That is looking good! Just bought a big bag of apples and need to make something with them, I never made anything apple-y before. Might have to give this a try!

    <3 Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life

  6. Dear Claudia, I would love a piece with a good cup of coffee. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  7. I could have this with my evening wine. Can I will it to my home before coffee-drinking begins tomorrow?

  8. This looks amazing! I want to eat that streusel topping with a spoon :)

  9. Great coffee cake!! Scrumptious looking!

  10. Oooooh that looks delicious, Claudia!!! A slice of this with a cup of tea and I'm set to call it day! :D


  11. This is so perfect for the season Claudia. My husband wouldn't leave even a bite to taste for me! YUM!

  12. What a magnificent coffee cake, Claudia!! Nothing better than apples and streusel in the fall :)

  13. I'm totally loving your amazing coffee cake with the easy streusel topping, Claudia. I'm taking your recipe...a must make soon:)

  14. Hi Pegasuslegend, your apple streusel look absolutely delicious. Love the streusel topping. yummy!

    Have a nice week aheag, regards.

  15. This look incredibly delicious! Love the streusel topping!

  16. I will definitely make it again this weekend!! It was so good!

  17. I love any kind of apple dessert, and this looks amazing. pretty simple to make too.

  18. Sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it.

  19. We are huge fans of streusel cakes! This looks like a wonderful Fall dessert, Claudia.

  20. Oh my goodness that looks so good and I love all the flavours.

  21. The perfect treat as we head into apple picking season! This will be on rotation when I come home with pounds upon pounds from the orchards!

  22. Super simple and delicious. I love apple coffee cakes. I will definitely give your recipe a try.

  23. This is my kind of cake! It's perfectly moist and full of apple-y goodness. I love it and make it often!

  24. So delicious and very easy to make! I love making this recipe with my daughter! Such a great and very yummy dessert! Everyone just loves how yummy this cake is!

  25. Un dolce molto invitante, sarebbe perfetto ora a colazione!

  26. I just put this in the oven and I hope it turns out OK. The directions for this recipe are screwy and nowhere does it tell you when and how to use the milk. If it tastes good, I will have to copy and paste this to a blank sheet and make some sense of it for next time.

    1. oh dear! sorry when I copied that I must have missed adding the milk to the vanilla and milk step. Either way even if you added it to the cream mixture it will be fine. The topping goes on after you bake a few minutes so it doesnt all sink ot the bottom. I am very sorry and thank you for your message I hope you love it, its over 50 year old recipe my mom use to make in the 1960s. Good Luck again my apologies for that screw up

    2. I would love an update on your opinion if you have the time also

  27. Ooh Claudia this looks so wonderful and moist! I wish I had a slice of this with my coffee right now :D Lovely cake for the fall season ^_^


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