Easy Maple Apple Streusel Cake (video)

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The most delicious cake for apple season! My Maple Apple Streusel Cake with a maple almond streusel topping is bound to become a favorite! The soft and tender apple cake tastes incredible with the crispy topping! This recipe is sponsored by Maple from Canada. I use pure maple syrup for sweetening the cake, the streusel and the whipped cream!  This aromatic apple cake is so delicious in the morning for breakfast, served warm with a cup of hot coffee! You can also enjoy it with a dollop of maple whipped cream on the side!

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Ingredients for Apple Streusel Cake

I love how quick and easy this simple and delicious apple cake is to make! It’s made with staple pantry ingredients you already have! Here are the main ingredients you’ll need:

  • Pure Maple Syrup from Canada: use only pure maple syrup for the best tasting cake! This natural sweetener is a great alternative to sugar for baking. I use it for sweetening the cake, the streusel topping and the maple whipped cream.
  • Apples: I add apples into the cake batter and on top of the cake. Use firm, crispy and sweet apples such as Granny Smith, Gala or Fiji apples. You can use peeled or unpeeled apples for the recipe.
  • Sour Cream: Greek yogurt will also work well for this recipe. This ingredient will make the cake extra soft, more moist and fluffy.
  • Cooking Oil: I typically use canola oil since it’s very mild in flavor.
  • Eggs: have the eggs at room temperature for best results.
  • All-Purpose Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder & Salt: the dry ingredients for the cake batter. You’ll also need flour for the topping.
  • Butter: use very cold, unsalted butter for making the topping. I usually cube the butter into small pieces and place the butter into the freezer for 10 minutes before using it.
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg: these warming spices are perfect for adding to the crunchy topping!
  • Almonds: I add sliced almonds to the streusel topping. You can use other nuts such as pecans, too.
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Baking With Maple Syrup

This delicious apple cake recipe is sponsored by Maple from Canada. I love using pure maple syrup in many of my recipes! 100% pure maple syrup from Canada is a natural sweetener that is derived directly from the maple tree’s sap! It’s the perfect alternative to sugar for baking and desserts! Real maple has a one-of-a-kind rich maple flavor that just tastes better and gives this apple cake incredible flavor! Unlike mass produced syrups, which contain a slurry of sugar, artificial flavors and corn syrups, real maple syrup is made with just one ingredient – 100% maple. Get more information about Maple from Canada here: https://www.puremaplefromcanada.com/

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How to Make a Maple Apple Cake

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious cake for the fall season, this recipe is it! You can have this apple cake in the oven in no time! Here’s how I prepare the simple apple and maple syrup cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/177C. Prepare a 9-inch springform or regular pan by spraying the sides with a baking spray and lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pure maple syrup, cooking oil (or melted butter), eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat the ingredients together for a few minutes, until a smooth mixture forms.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the cake batter, then mix on low speed for about 1 minute, just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Next, fold in 2 cups of diced, peeled apples. Transfer the apple cake batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of diced apples over the top.

Making a Maple Almond Streusel

My favorite part about this apple streusel cake is the combination of flavors and textures! The soft apple cake is incredible with its crunchy and crispy topping! Here’s how I make the topping:

  1. Cut the butter into small pieces and place the butter into the freezer for about 10 minutes so it’s extra cold.
  2. Next, place the chilled butter it into a mixing bowl along with the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Using a pastry blend or two large forks, cut the butter into the flour, until small crumbles form. Add in the sliced almonds next.
  3. Pour in the pure maple syrup and lightly toss the crumble, just until no dry flour remains. Don’t overmix the streusel. Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the cake.
an apple cake with streusel topping on a cake stand, with apples and a jar of maple syrup

Baking the Apple Cake

Every oven bakes a little differently, so I recommend checking on the cake around the 55-minute mark. Bake the apple streusel cake in the preheated oven at 350F for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the pan and onto a wire rack to cool.

Maple Whipped Cream

You can enjoy this cake with or without my simple and easy maple whipped cream! For making the whipped cream, place the chilled heavy cream and the pure maple syrup into a mixing bowl. Whisk the cream and syrup on high speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Keep this frosting refrigerated until you’re ready to use it.

a slice of apple cake on a plate, with a cake on a cake stand and lots of apples

Serving the Maple Apple Streusel Cake

Enjoy the apple cake warm with a cup of hot coffee or tea for breakfast, as a mid-day snack or as an after dinner dessert! If desired, pipe a generous dollop of whipped cream on the side with each serving. Keep the cake at room temperature and well wrapped. It will stand at room temperature for 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Keep the whipped cream chilled.

More Recipes!

Enjoyed this delicious maple syrup recipe? Make sure to check out some of my other recipes using pure maple syrup from Canada!

  • Maple Pecan Cake – the most delicious pecan cake with maple syrup frosting and delicate maple cake layers!
  • Maple Berry Cake – one of my favorites! This berry and cream cake is made with maple cake layers and maple mascarpone whipped cream frosting!
  • Maple White Russian – this easy cocktail is perfect for the holidays! Made with coffee, cream and maple syrup!
  • No-Bake Maple Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake – you’ll love this fruity, no-bake cheesecake with maple syrup, strawberries and rhubarb!
  • Maple Dijon Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner – I love this quick and easy chicken dinner with sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts and bacon bits, all glazed with maple syrup and Dijon mustard.

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Maple Apple Streusel Cake (video)

25 mins prep + 1 hr 10 mins cook
12 servings
Easy and delicious apple cake with maple syrup, crispy almond streusel topping and maple whipped cream!

Ingredients 

For Maple Apple Cake:

  • 3/4 cup cooking oil, or melted, unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup from Canada
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups peeled, diced apples, divided

For Almond Streusel:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, very cold
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup from Canada

For Maple Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, well-chilled
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup from Canada

Instructions

Making the Apple Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/177C. Prepare a 9-inch spring form or regular pan by spraying the sides with a baking spray and lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the pure maple syrup, cooking oil (or melted butter), eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat the ingredients together for a few minutes, until a smooth mixture forms.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the cake batter, then mix on low speed for about 1 minute, just until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Next, fold in 2 cups of diced, peeled apples. Transfer the apple cake batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining1 cup of diced apples over the top.

Making the Streusel Topping:

  • Next, prepare the streusel topping. Cut the cold butter into small pieces, then place it into a mixing bowl along with the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Using a pastry blend or two large forks, cut the butter into the flour, until small crumbles form. Add in the sliced almonds next. Pour in the pure maple syrup and lightly toss the crumble, just until no dry flour remains. Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the cake.

Baking the Cake:

  • Bake the apple streusel cake in the preheated oven at 350F for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 to 15 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Check the cake starting at 55 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and onto a wire rack to cool.

Maple Whipped Cream:

  • Meanwhile, prepare the maple whipped cream frosting. Place the chilled heavy cream and the pure maple syrup into a mixing bowl and whisk on high speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until stiff peaks form. This whipped cream is optional.
  • Enjoy the cake warm with a cup of hot coffee or tea. If desired, pipe a generous dollop of whipped cream on the side with each serving. Keep the cake at room temperature and well wrapped. It will stand at room temperature for 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Keep the whipped cream chilled.
  • Note: calories and nutritional facts calculated with maple whipped cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 584IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg