Apple Streusel Cake (Apple Buckle)

top view of apple cake sliced in squares with sliced apples

Apple cake – because tis the season. And J can’t eat raw apples (I KNOW! What is this madness!). Also who doesn’t want a cake that you can eat for breakfast. That has browned butter in it. 

There’s not much to say about this cake – it tastes like autumn. In a cake. And is filled with delightful apples and crumbles of sugary butter. It’s easy to make, and looks pretty darn nice cut in squares or in triangles – whatever your preference.  

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

<3 Mara

Apple Streusel Cake (Apple Buckle)

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Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 40-50 minutes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

  • 1/4 cup browned butter or melted butter*
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cubed apples (about 2-3 apples)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Streusel:
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.


In a large bowl, mix together the flours, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.


In a smaller bowl, whisk together the browned butter, apple sauce, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined.


Empty the batter into the prepared baking dish.


Add the lemon juice to the apples and toss to combine. Sprinkle over the batter.


To make the streusel, combine the ingredients together in a small bowl until it forms a crumble.


Sprinkle evenly over the apples.


Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.


Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!


To make the browned butter, heat butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally so it browns evenly. We want the butter solids to brown, but not burn! So keep an eye out for a lovely browned colour and nutty smell. Stir as it bubbles and as you see some brown bits on the bottom. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl to cool slightly before use

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