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Hot Apple Cake Recipe with Streusel Topping

  Hot Apple Cake Recipe

Finally, the pile of apples we gathered the other day when we went apple picking is starting to look more reasonable! After a busy week of apple crisp, apple bread, apple butter, and apple pancakes, we’ve made an excellent dent in the bushels we had. I had fun trying out new recipes and old, and even had enough leftover to experiment with my own baking. To answer the pleas of my children for an apple cake, I decided that would be the one that I would try out: an apple cake recipe.

Making recipes, for me, is always a hit or miss. I do love to experiment, and I’m not very good at following recipes without tweaking a few things here and there.  Sometimes this has better results than other times.  I can recall days where I’ve slaved away in the kitchen for a couple of hours, noting ingredients and cook times and carefully recording them, only to end up with a final result that is bland or sub-par. It can be disappointing, but it’s part of the process.

I have two of the keenest judges there are to help me decide how this recipe turned out. My children can be picky eaters, and have no problem telling me when something is pretty bad. So as they waited with anticipation as the stove wafted out the scent of cooking apples, I crossed my fingers that they would like it. 

Hot Apple Cake Recipe

Not only was this a success, it was a smashing success. My youngest, who doesn’t like to eat much of anything besides junk, cried out to his brother “it’s SO good!” That’s the highest compliment of all, I must say.

The cake is based off a recipe that was in my grandmother’s collection, but I changed quite a few things on it, including adding the streusel topping. I love how it ends up layered: the apple layer on the bottom, followed by the cake, and topped with the streusel. Kind of like a mixture between apple cake and apple crisp. Whatever the case, it ended up a wonderful dish for us, and I hope you’ll like it too.  It’s a perfect fall dish, and even better when topped with cream or a whipped topping.  So here you are, my Hot Apple Cake recipe (below).  Enjoy!

~Mellie ★

Hot Apple Cake Recipe


Hot Apple Cake Recipe with Pecan Streusel Topping
Serves 9
Whether you're working your way through a fall apple harvest or looking for a warm winter dessert, this Hot Apple Cake with Pecan Streusel Topping is the perfect touch of apple goodness.
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For the Apple Layer
  1. - 3 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples
  2. - 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. - 2 Tablespoons flour
  4. - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Cake Layer
  1. - 1 cup flour
  2. - 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. - 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. - 1/2 cup white sugar
  5. - pinch salt
  6. - 1 can evaporated milk (or 1 cup regular milk)
  7. - 2 Tablespoons softened butter
For the Pecan Streusel Topping
  1. - 1/2 cup flour
  2. - 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. - 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  4. - 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  5. - pinch salt
  6. - pinch cinnamon
  7. - 1/4 cup softened butter
  1. To make the apple layer, combine the 1/2 cup brown sugar, the 2 T flour and the 1 t cinnamon. Pour over apples and stir to coat. Pour into a greased 8" or 9" square baking dish.
  2. For the cake layer, combine flour, baking powder, sugars, and salt. Add evaporated milk and butter and stir until combined. Spread evenly over the apple layer in the baking dish and smooth out the top.
  3. For the streusel topping, combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, pecans, salt, and cinnamon. Add softened butter and mix until the butter is evenly distributed (it helps to use your hands to knead it in). Spread over the top of the cake layer and press into the batter slightly.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Serve with cream or whipped topping.
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