This easy apple pie cake, with a layer of tender apples cooked with brown sugar and cinnamon and topped with a crunchy oat streusel, is perfect as a fall dessert, or for breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea., October 2020


Recipe Summary

25 mins
2 hrs 10 mins

Nutrition Profile:





Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon together in a large bowl until combined. Add buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla; whisk just until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Set aside.

  • Combine apples, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, lemon juice and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium skillet; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the apples are slightly tender and the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Spoon the apple mixture on top of the cake batter and drizzle with any sauce left in the skillet.

  • To prepare streusel: Place oats, butter, brown sugar and flour in a small bowl. Using your fingers, work the mixture together until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle the streusel over the apple mixture.

  • Bake until the top is golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack until completely cool, about 1 hour. Use the parchment paper handles to lift and remove the cake from the pan. Slice into squares.


To make ahead: Cover and store at room temperature for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

1 square
287 calories; fat 12g; cholesterol 43mg; sodium 239mg; carbohydrates 41g; dietary fiber 3g; protein 5g; sugars 23g; niacin equivalents 1mg; saturated fat 4g; vitamin a iu 196IU.