Maple & Apple Crumble Cake

After being giving a glut of homegrown cooking apples from my mother recently I embarked on cooking them all! First up was this recipe for apple cake but with a twist, an autumnal classic that pairs perfectly with a good book and snuggling on the sofa. To jazz it up a little I added maple syrup, a good dash of cinnamon and a buttery crumble topping. Best served still warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of custard.


  • 350g Cooking Apples, peeled and diced into 2cm chunks
  • 75g Soft Dairy Free Butter (I used Flora Block Butter)
  • 150ml Dairy Free Milk (I used soy milk)
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 50g Demerara Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup\
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon (add more or less to taste)

For the crumble topping:

  • 50g Oats
  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 30g Demerara Sugar
  • 50g Cold Dairy Free Butter


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 175 degrees.
  2. Next weigh out the milk and add the apple cider vinegar – don’t worry if it curdles you want this to happen – leave to sit for 5 mins.
  3. Add the remaining cake ingredients to a bowl and pour over the milk mixture, beat together with a spoon until smooth and everything is incorporated. Mix in the peeled and diced apple then set aside while you prepare the crumble topping.
  4. For the crumble topping, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then rub the mixture together between your fingers until the butter is incorporated and the mixture resembles a crumble.
  5. Grease a cake tin with butter and line the bottom with a circle of greaseproof paper, pour in the apple cake mixture and spread evenly. Spoon the crumble topping on top of the cake mix, making sure to a leave a 1cm border around the edge.
  6. Bake in the oven for around 45-50 mins until golden and a skewer or knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin for about 25 mins before turning out onto a serving plate and enjoy!



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