"Apple crumble is one of my most favorite desserts of all time, I remember making it growing up and to this day still swoon at the smell of it coming out of the oven. This Irish apple crumble cake is a nice little twist on the classic with a moist apple cake interior and a light crumbly topping. That classic combination of apple and blackberries could also be used here." - Donal Skehan.
4oz butter plus extra for greasing
5oz soft light brown sugar
2 large free range eggs
7oz plain flour, sifted
1 tablespoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
11oz peeled, cored and sliced cooking apple (Shouldn’t be more than one large one)
For the crumble topping:
2oz of vanilla sugar (or substitute with caster sugar)
2oz of plain flour
2oz of butter
Preheat the oven to 360°F, grease and line an 8in cake tin with a removable base. With an electric hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until they are incorporated.
Fold through the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until you have a thick cake batter. Stir through the apple and pour the batter into the cake tin. The batter will be thick, so use a spatula to spread across the base of the tin.
Using a hand blender with a food processor attachment, blitz the ingredients for the crumble topping until you get left with rough crumbs. You can also do this by hand in a bowl using your fingertips to combine the ingredients together. Sprinkle the crumble topping on top of the batter.
Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool.