Amazing Apple Crumb Cake

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In addition to being apple season, it is also election time. Apples always have a classic, patriotic feel and with the impending doom of election day, I felt the need to take my mind off things, and go bake in the kitchen. That being said, I cannot stress enough the importance of voting. If you haven’t registered to vote yet, please do.

In the mean time, you can run to the kitchen and bake this delicious, American, coffee cake with delicious chunks of apple cinnamon. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Crumb Filling/Topping Ingredients
  • 4-5 large apples, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup butter partially melted
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or almonds (almonds were what I had on hand)
  • ½ cup  Almond Flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur’s)
  • 1 cuplight brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Cake Batter Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ¾ tsp. xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup butter room temp.
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Peel dice apples.  Place in large bowl.  Take about ¼-1/3 of them out and set aside for the cake batter.  In the large bowl add all together the butter, oats, nuts, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Toss mixture together until well combined and resembles pea size crumbs.  Don’t be afraid to get your hands in there and toss it real well.  Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Lightly grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch cake pans.  (Square or Round)
  4. In a small bowl combine flour, xanthan gum, salt and baking powder.  Mix well.  In a mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar.
  5. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.  Scrape down sides of bowl.  With mixer on low speed alternate adding flour and milk until all combined.  Mix for about 30 seconds to combine well.  Fold in apples that were set aside.
  6. Evenly spread half the batter into each pan.  Sprinkle half of the apple crumb mixture evenly onto the top of each cake pans batter.  Gently press the crumb mixture into the batter about ¼-1/2 inch, being careful not to cover the apple crumb mixture too much with the batter.  The trick is to allow the cake batter to bake into the crumb mixture so that the bottom half is cake and top half is cake and apple crumb goodness.  If you prefer a crumb cake, don’t press the crumb mixture into the batter, just sprinkle across the top.
  7. Bake on middle rack for 35-40 minutes or until the cake bounces back when touched. You can also check the center with a toothpick to be sure. Cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from cake pan.
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