Apple Streusel Cake


Imagine the flavors of an apple pie mixed with cake and topped off with streusel. Divine.

Apple Streusel Cake Served à la Mode in Two Bowls with Metal Spoons on Table
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
12 serves

We 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 gets 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. The result: an apple streusel dump cake to enjoy.


  • For the base:

  • 3 pounds sweet-tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady (about 7), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • For the cake mix:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter

  • For the streusel:

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • cup packed light brown sugar

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), melted


  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.

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