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It’s the time of year when we start to spend more time feeling cosy at home, and that definitely calls for cake! This Apple Cinnamon Cake is so easy to make and will fill the whole house with the most delicious scent.

It’s not a fancy neat cake, so no pressure to make it look perfect, just sprinkle on the crumble topping and get ready to dig in.

Slices of Cinnamon and Apple Cake on a table.

Whether you’re an experienced baker or a complete beginner, you’ll love this seasonal bake.

This Apple Cake is autumn comfort food, topped with crunchy crumble, perfect to serve with a cup of tea on a chilly afternoon.

Another new favourite fruity cake along with my Lemon Drizzle Cake and Pumpkin Cake.

Why you’ll love this recipe

⭐️ Super easy to make

⭐️ Simple ingredients

⭐️ All the tastes of the season

Pieces of Apple Cake from above.

About Cinnamon and Apple Cake

I’m taking a break from my main course recipes to bring you what is JUST as important in the colder months… comforting, delicious cake! This is a simple sponge which works best being baked in a 7” round cake tin in about an hour. There’s no need for any elaborate equipment, although you can use a food mixer if you have one.

This is a very ‘tender’ cake (as Paul Hollywood would say), meaning it can break easily and crumble. BUT, although it’s fragile, I forgive it, as that’s what makes it so delicious! The best way to tackle this is by waiting to cut it until it’s completely cold (if you can resist). If you’d still prefer to serve it warm as a dessert, that’s fine – just be gentle and accept that it will be a bit crumbly.

This Apple and Cinnamon Cake is best served as a teatime treat with a nice hot cuppa, or as a pudding with custard or perhaps frozen yoghurt.

Ingredients for Apple Cake recipe.

What you’ll need

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted is fine depending on what you have, but will obviously give slightly different flavour. A single pack just about covers what’s needed for the cake, crumble, and for greasing the tin!
  • Light brown sugar – See the substitutions list if you only have white
  • White sugar
  • Eggs – I use medium sized
  • Self-raising flour
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Pink Lady apples – Or other red-skinned dessert apples
  • Rolled oats – For the topping

How to make Apple Cake

Step 1 in the recipe for Apple Cake with Cinnamon.
  1. Preheat the oven and grease the tin with butter and line with baking paper.
Step 2 in the recipe for Apple Cake with Cinnamon.

2. Beat together the butter and sugars until light and soft, then add the eggs, flour and cinnamon. Combine well then stir in the apple

Step 3 in the recipe for Apple Cake with Cinnamon.

3. Mix together your topping ingredients.

Step 4 in the recipe for Apple Cake with Cinnamon.

4. Scatter the topping over the cake mix in the tin and bake (as per the recipe below).


  • Brown sugar – If you only have white sugar you can use that as the total weight (200g caster sugar and no light brown sugar). The cake won’t have such a golden colour or quite as much flavour though.
  • Topping – You could just sprinkle over the light brown sugar and ground cinnamon for the topping if you are short of time and omit the oats and butter.
  • Want a change from apples? – You could make this with pears instead as an alternative and add flaked almonds to the topping instead of the rolled oats.
  • Butter – You can use dairy-free spread if you prefer.


In the cupboard I would leave this in the cake tin for 3-4 days, but if your kitchen is warm you may want to keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh.

In the freezer This cake can easily be frozen. You can either freeze it whole, or slice it up and freeze the pieces individually. To do this, it’s best to cut it after it’s been in the fridge for a while to make it easier to cut.

Top tips

Extra apples

You might feel tempted to add another apple in. If you are desperate to, you’re very welcome, but the texture of the cake will be so soft that it will fall apart. This would make it delicious for dessert but not such a sliceable bake.

Cutting up the apples

Make sure you cut your apples into very small cubes. If the cubes are too big the cake will be more likely to break up.

Add a topping

To make this a bit EXTRA, add a simple but delicious Cream Cheese Frosting at the end.


How do I know if it’s cooked all the way through?

You can use a skewer or thermometer to check it is cooked all the way through. A skewer should come out clean.

Help my cake is burning on top!

If you think your cake is browning too quickly, cover the top with some tin foil. I tend to check it at 40 minutes and then put some foil over if it’s looking like it’s very brown already. Try not to open the cake before 30-40 minutes or it will sink.

Because this cake takes a while to cook, it’s normal to need some foil on top.

Where should I bake Apple Cake in the oven?

As we want this to cook slowly for a long time, it’s best to place it on the bottom shelf of the oven, rather than the top.

5 from 40 votes

Autumn Apple Cake {with Cinnamon}

This delicate and delicious cake is the perfect autumnal comfort food. With a light cinnamon sponge and apple at its heart, it's a perfect warming treat you can have as either a hearty teatime snack or as a dessert.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 200 g Butter, Room temperature
  • 100 g Light brown sugar, See notes
  • 100 g White sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 200 g Self-raising flour
  • 3 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 2 Pink Lady apples, See notes

For the topping:

  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Light brown sugar, See notes


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  • Grease and line with baking paper a 7” round cake tin.
  • Add the butter and both sugars to a bowl and beat together until light and soft. You could do this with a food mixer if you like.
  • Add the eggs, flour and cinnamon to the bowl and beat well to combine. Stir in the chopped apple.
  • Spoon the mix into the prepared tin and level.
  • In the same bowl you have just used, add all the topping ingredients, and stir together with a metal spoon or a fork, until you have a lumpy, bumpy and crumbly mix.
  • Scatter the topping over and place the cake in the oven.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until cooked and risen.
  • You can use a skewer or thermometer to check it is cooked all the way through. Allow to cool TOTALLY in the tin before removing.


Cooking time:
Keep an eye on the cake as it is cooking. If it’s going too brown on top before the rest is ready, put some foil on top. Don’t open the oven door until the cake has been in for at least 30-40 minutes though or it will sink. Cook on the bottom shelf of the oven for a slower, steadier bake. 
Use salted or unsalted as your preference. One pack should cover the cake, topping and for greasing. 
It will keep in a cake tin for 3-4 days, but put in the fridge if your kitchen is warm. To freeze, either freeze whole or cut up when cold and freeze pieces individually. 
Delicate goods:
This will cut up easier once it is cold as the sponge is delicate. If you want it warm, that’s OK. It will just be a bit crumbly. 
Cut into very small cubes (1-2cm) to help stop the cake breaking up. No need to peel. 
Serving suggestions:
I recommend frozen yoghurt or custard if you’re eating it as a dessert. Or just on its own for a teatime treat is fine.


Calories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 5gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 677mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 756IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 5 stars
    Yum! Really easy cake to make. I served it for dessert with custard and there were leftovers for the next day too. Delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    This was lovely. I made it into an apple upside down pudding by putting extra butter sugar and two sliced apples on the bottom of a pyrex dish instead of a crumble topping. Boys had it hot with icecream, me with cream – delicious!