Apple Streusel Dump Cake

To be honest, we’d liken this “cake” to an amped-up mega-delicious apple crisp. The base is made with baking apples, cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon juice for balance, just like pie filling. In the spirit of dump cakes, the fruit mixture is covered with a crispy topping that you quickly dump together (we added some rolled oats for texture, plus cinnamon and ginger for oomph). For a finishing touch that plays up the dessert’s similarity to apple crisp, we decided to top it off with an extra layer of streusel. And not just any streusel: big, buttery, crunchy crumbs.

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Photo by Caitlin Bensel
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To be honest, we’d liken this “cake” to an amped-up mega-delicious apple crisp. The base is made with baking apples, cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon juice for balance, just like pie filling. In the spirit of dump cakes, the fruit mixture is covered with a crispy topping that you quickly dump together (we added some rolled oats for texture, plus cinnamon and ginger for oomph). For a finishing touch that plays up the dessert’s similarity to apple crisp, we decided to top it off with an extra layer of streusel. And not just any streusel: big, buttery, crunchy crumbs.

Ingredients

  1. Check For the base:
  2. Check 3 pounds sweet-tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady (about 7), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  3. Check ¼ cup lemon juice
  4. Check ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  5. Check ¼ teaspoon salt
  6. Check For the cake mix:
  7. Check cups all-purpose flour
  8. Check cup granulated sugar
  9. Check ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  10. Check 2 teaspoons baking powder
  11. Check ½ teaspoon baking soda
  12. Check ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  13. Check ½ teaspoon ginger
  14. Check ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  15. Check ¾ cup (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter
  16. Check For the streusel:
  17. Check cups all-purpose flour
  18. Check cup packed light brown sugar
  19. Check cup granulated sugar
  20. Check 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  21. Check ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  22. Check ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  23. Check ½ cup butter (1 stick), melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter or nonstick spray.
  2. Make the base: Toss apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt in the baking dish.
  3. Make the cake mix: Combine flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl and sprinkle evenly over the base. Using the largest holes on a box grater, grate the butter evenly over the surface of the cake.
  4. Make the streusel: Whisk together flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter and stir, squeezing between your palms, to help clumps form. Sprinkle streusel evenly over the top of the cake.
  5. Bake until cake is golden brown, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool 30 minutes before serving.