Rating: 3 stars
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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.


Credit: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 45 mins
Serves 12


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter or nonstick spray.

  • Make the base: Toss apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt in the baking dish.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bake until cake is golden brown, 30 to 45 minutes. Cool 30 minutes before serving.