Baking Monday: Apple & Cinnamon-Crumble Top Cake

mpw-9717Its been AGES since I did a Baking Monday post. I do apologise! But today I have a goodie for you. Since it was raining all day today, I tucked MilkyBar with all his fav toys on the sofa and let him watch Pinocchio (one of my fav Disney cartoons) while I made this…Apple & Cinnamon-Crumble top cake. It smelt all wonderfully fragrant and sweet. Soft, lightly spiced apple slices were sandwiched between a spongy cake base and oaty, crumbly layer. Yum!

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APPLE & CINNAMON-CRUMBLE TOP CAKE (Adapted from Cakes: Tried, Tested and Trusted)

For the apple layer:

350g eating apples (I used Granny Smiths,about 2 apples. Peeled, cored and finely chopped)

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

For the topping:

125g self-raising flour

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

75g butter (cold, cut into pieces)

75g demerara/brown sugar

50g muesli/rolled oats mixed with flaked almonds (optional)

1 tbsp milk

For the base:

125g butter

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

150g self-raising flour

Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly butter and line the base of a 20cm round cake tin.

For the apple layer, mix all the ingredients and set aside.

For the topping, sift the flour and stir in the spices. Rub in the butter til the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and muesli/oats. Set aside.

For the cake base, cream the butter and sugar together til light and fluffy.  Gradually beat in the eggs a little at a time til well combined. Sift in the flour and gently fold in with a spatula. Spoon into the base of the prepared cake tin. Arrange the apple pieces on top. Lightly stir the milk into the crumble mixture. Scatter the crumble mixture over the apples and bake for about 1 – 1 1/2 hr. Serve warm or cold.

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