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Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake with a Sugar Topping

by Adina 17/10/2016 16 comments

Apple Sugar Cinnamon Cake

Tender cake with apples, cinnamon and a crunchy sugar topping.

apple sugar cinnamon Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake with a Sugar Topping

Secret Recipe Club time again. This time with a sweet, simple cake, something to bake together with your children on a rainy, Sunday afternoon. Chop some apples, stir a few ingredients, the kids will have a great time and the result will be well worth it. Such a great combination of tender crumb, soft and aromatic apples and then that sugar crunchy crust, which is just the best!

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I chose the recipe for the Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cake from the many many recipes found on my assigned blog this month: The Pajama Chef. I was looking for something with apples and Sarah’s blog is full of them, I really had a hard time choosing. Actually I ended up making two recipes, because I just couldn’t decide. Both were delicious, but this sugar cake was a whole family favorite, my mother-in-law just couldn’t stop eating! The other recipe I made were these wonderful Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal Cookies, which I can totally recommend as well.

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Sarah is a peanut butter and cats lover living with her husband Ben in Nashville, Tennessee. She’s an academic librarian, which I have to admit is a job I would like to have myself. I love books and libraries, so that would be ideal for me. She’s been running The Pajama Chef since 2010 and her blog is full of great recipes. Some that I would like to try are the Chicken Enchilada with Green Chili Sour Cream Sauce , The Best Ever Homemade Pizza, The Lemon Crinkle Cookies or the Caeser Salad with Fried Chickpeas. Make sure to visit Sarah’s blog, I am sure you will find many recipes you would like.

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I have a sad news though: the Secret Recipe Club will close soon, November will be the last time I will have the pleasure of getting to know a new blog belonging to the club, the last time I will search a recipe to feature on my own blog. I am really sorry about it, I’ve only joined at the beginning of this year and I was hoping to be a part of this club for a longer time…

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Apple Sugar Cinnamon Cake


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Serves: 12

apple sugar cinnamon Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake with a Sugar Topping
  • For the cake:
  • 200 g/ 1 cup brown sugar
  • 75 ml/ ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 230 ml/ 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 300 g/ 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 225 g/ 1 ½ cups chopped apples
  • For the topping:
  • 100 g/ ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius/ 325 degrees Fahrenheit. I used a ceramic casserole form 22x33 cm/ 9x13 inch, which I placed in the cold oven before turning it on. I find this to be good when baking in ceramic forms, otherwise I find that the dish needs a longer baking time than it would need in another kind of dish. You will not need to do this if using a regular cake pan.
  2. Whisk together with an electric mixer the brown sugar, oil, egg and buttermilk. Add the baking soda and the vanilla extract. Mix in the flour and then the chopped apples.
  3. Melt the tablespoon butter in a small pan. Remove from heat and add the granulated sugar and the cinnamon. Stir to mix.
  4. Take the casserole form out of the oven (if you decided to use a ceramic dish as well). Place a small knob of butter into it and move it around the dish with a brush to grease the form all over. Pour the batter into the dish. Top with the butter-sugar-cinnamon mixture. Place back in the oven, but don't forget the dish is already hot (I forgot and burned my fingers).
  5. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a deep golden brown. You can serve the cake warm or at room temperature.

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Rosa 17/10/2016 - 08:34

Hi Adina! This sounds delicious and easy to prepare! I need to buy some apples today…. 🙂

It’s too bad that the Secret Recipe Club is closing! I would have eventually liked to have joined the club. I’ve been enjoying your posts and discovering new blogs. I’m wondering if there is another group similiar to Secret Recipe Club?

Have a wonderful day!

Jane, The Heritage Cook 17/10/2016 - 09:02

I’ve had Sarah’s blog in the past and know how difficult it is to decide which recipe to make! I have been craving apple recipes lately and this cake is most definitely going on my list to make right away! And oh my, those cookies … they are now on my list too! 🙂

[email protected] Big Sweet Tooth 17/10/2016 - 11:35

I love cakes with apples… it’s been long time since I have baked one and looking at yours, I am tempted to make some really soon! I will miss SRC too… 🙁

Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair 17/10/2016 - 14:07

I bought some apples over the weekend and might need to make this cake! Great SRC recipe!

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 17/10/2016 - 15:13

Oh well that stinks that the SRC is closing! I’d say you picked a fabulous recipe though to be one of the last you feature from the SRC! This cake looks delicious! I’m a HUGE fan of anything with apples, cinnamon and sugar!! Cheers!

anne 17/10/2016 - 15:18

This looks delicious! just perfect for apple season.

sarah k @ the pajama chef 17/10/2016 - 15:34

we LOVE this cinnamon sugar apple cake! so glad you enjoyed it too! i actually made it over the weekend myself. 🙂 haha! thanks for the kind words 🙂

Nammi 18/10/2016 - 03:15

Oh the secret recipe club is over? I am not part of it but have followed it its fun new way to discover bloggers. Cake looks delish. Have to check saras blog now to see all the yummy stuff she has. Have anice day

Tara 18/10/2016 - 03:18

Both of those recipes look amazing! Love the fall flavors of the cake.

Stephanie 18/10/2016 - 04:31

This apple cake looks absolutely amazing. It seems to have just the right ratio of soft cake to crunchy crust. Wonderful SRC post!

Monica 18/10/2016 - 13:16

Your family and friends are very lucky to have all these amazing apple bakes coming out of your kitchen! This looks wonderful and so perfect for this time of year. I’m feeling inspired… : )

Evi @ greenevi 18/10/2016 - 15:58

Absolutely love your apple recipes! Cinnamon and apple are so delicious, and simply all I want to eat this time of the year 🙂

grace 19/10/2016 - 17:16

perfect snack cake, adina!

April 24/10/2016 - 10:38

I love the moistness apples lend to a cake, and that sugar crust topping sounds perfect. What a great Fall dessert.

mjskitchen 26/10/2016 - 04:41

Just went through all of your recent apple posts and I’m having a hard time deciding which one I like the most. I want to make them all! This cinnamon cake and the pastry rolls look quite irresistible! Thanks for all of these recipes!

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook 06/11/2016 - 05:35

I love anything cinnamon!


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