Apple Cinnamon Cake with Streusel
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8 - 10
  • CAKE INGREDIENTS ---------------------
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1½ cups (scant) dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon kirsch or calvados brandy
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, chopped into ⅓ inch cubes
  • STREUSEL INGREDIENTS ----------------------
  • ½ cup loosely packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter and flour (or sugar) a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon.
  3. Combine sour cream, brandy, vanilla.
  4. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  5. Add eggs one by one and beat until thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients to the egg mixture, a third of each at a time.
  7. Add chopped apples and mix uniformly.
  8. Make streusel by combining all the ingredients with your fingers, mixing them until they resemble coarse gravel or sand.
  9. Spread the cake batter in the baking dish, spread the streusel on top.
  10. Bake 35 - 40 minutes, until the cake begins to peel away from the edge of the pan, the top looks browned and cooked, cake tester comes out clean.
For cupcakes, bake 22 - 24 minutes.


Apple cinnamon coffee cake is awesome. It’s cheap, quick, keeps/travels well, and hard to mess up too much. When I was doing research for this recipe I saw some renditions that had liquor in them. Liquor in coffee cake was a new one on me, so I figured what the hell.

This turned out really well. I made a 7×11 inch cake with about 2/3 of the batter and did cupcakes with the rest, both had great texture and were very delicious. The streusel came out crispy, and there was just enough of it, not too much.

But Lulu, you can’t ever have enough streusel!

I used to think that too. I also used to think you could never have enough pizza sauce on a pizza, and now I know I was wrong on both counts.