Apple Cake with Cinnamon Sugar

We make apple cake fairly frequently at our house, probably just as much as banana bread; It just seems to be a universal favourite. I’ve tried quite a few variations but this recipe seems to be the top contender at the moment, because it is really moist and dense, with a sweet crispy topping. It’s even better warmed up with some whipped cream or vanilla icecream on top.

Servings: One 8″ cake

For the sugar topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1  tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon butter, cubed

For the batter:
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup yogurt
1 large granny smith apple, peeled, cored and cubed


  1. Grease and flour an 8×8″ baking dish or similar capacity cake pan, and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. To make the sugar topping: With a spoon or whisk, mix together the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Next, using either your hands or a fork, mix in the cubed butter into the mixture until a cumble like texture forms. It’s important to use cold butter otherwise mixture will become too soft. Set aside (or in the fridge if it’s a hot day).
  4. To make the batter: In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter with a hand or electric mixer for 3-4 minutes until soft and airy.
  5. Add half the sugar and beat until dissolved, scrape down the sides and then beat in the remaining half.
  6. Beat in the eggs one at a time until fully mixed and then mix in the vanilla.
  7. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Next, using a spatula, fold in half the flour mixture and then once mixed fold in half of the yogurt.Fold in the remaining flour and yogurt one after the other. Give a quick mix with the electric mixer to ensure everything is fully incorporated. Finally, mix in the diced apples with a spatula.
  8. Pour the batter into the cake dish/pan and even out with the spatula. Finally, sprinkle the sugar topping on top of the batter, ensuring to cover it completely and evenly.
  9. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.


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