I have been baking for nearly twenty seven years now! After baking my first cake in Standard Six Home Economics at school,it was official that I ' was capable of using the oven without burning the house down'. Thereafter Amma let me bake at home. Every Sunday was baking day! I could bake whatever I wanted. My favourite was to bake cakes! Over the years this fondness declined but now that I have a family of my own Sunday is cake day again! I made Apple Streusel Cake today.



Apple Streusel Vs Strudel

A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for apple sponge tart, this recipe too is a means to use up excess apples. Think of it as German engineering when you need it most in a cake.
This triple layered  streusel cake is composed of a bottom dense sponge layer followed by a middle layer of soft apples and topped with a crumby and buttery streusel layer. Not to be confused with the pastry equivalent Strudel, the German word 'streusel' means something sprinkled or in English strewn. Hence this cake takes its name from its top layer of scattered crumbs.

 This combination of textures, taste and flavor sensations make the streusel cake so popular. I use cinnamon in this recipe because it compliments apples so well. The apple layer can also contain other fruit such as berries or rhubarb. The recipe in this post is simply apples with cinnamon.


How To Make Apple Streusel Cake

Making apple streusel cake simply involves three components:

1.    Sponge Layer
2.    Sliced apple layer
3.    Streusel or crumb layer


To make streusel cake, start by preparing the apples. I use an apple slicer than soak the apples in lemon juice, cinnamon and a little sugar while I make the cake batter and streusel dough. The use of lemon juice keeps the apples from turning brown and gives the apples a tangy taste. You can use any apple to make this cake, I recommend reds, red delicious, honey crisp or pink lady apples.





I make the sponge batter first then the streusel. This sponge recipe uses butter, egg and milk which accounts for the very soft dense sponge texture and the deep brown colour. Some Streusel cakes can be quite dry, I prefer mine with a more spongy base. Like I did twenty seven years ago, my prefered method for mixing cake batter is by hand. Off course I wish I had a Kitchen Aid Mixer, but the old fashioned method still works every time. To mix butter I first work it with a fork (a very good arm workout). Keep in mind it is important that the butter is at room temperature otherwise this does not work as well. To mix batter I use a hand held egg whisk or tablespoon.

 Some recipes make the streusel first then refrigerate, or make a ball with the dough then grate over the apples like Hungarian Shortbread. I simply make the streusel last to avoid this step.



 

Easy Apple Streusel Recipe




Easy Apple Streusel Recipe.

Easy Apple Streusel Recipe.

Prep time: 10 MCook time: 60 MTotal time: 70 M

Ingredients:

For the sponge
  • 125g butter
  • 1,5 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1,5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup castor sugar
For the apples
  • 5 medium apples of choice
  • lemon juice from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
For the streusel
  • 100g butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons icing sugar to top with

Instructions:

  1. Start by preparing the apples. Core then slice thin. Soak in lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Prepare the Sponge cake. Mix butter and castor sugar until soft and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time to combine. Gently sift in flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. Gently fold to make a thick sponge batter.
  4. Pour into a lined baking pan. I used a 23cm diameter round pan: Set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  6. Prepare the Streusel. Combine the butter, and sugar until soft and creamy. Sift in flour. Mix to forms crumbs.
  7. Place apple slices over sponge batter.
  8. Top with streusel.
  9. Bake for 60 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to cool before topping with icing sugar.
  10. Or serve warm with vanilla ice cream, mascarpone cream or custard.
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