The Best Apple Crumb Cake Recipe For Breakfast

This post may contain affiliate links. When you use them, you help support this site. For more information, please read the Disclosure Policy

This Cinnamon Apple cake is made from scratch and is great for breakfast, brunch, or dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas! This is an easy-to-make moist apple cake.

The Best Apple Crumb Cake Recipe For Breakfast

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time:
25 Minutes
Total Time:
40 Minutes
6 Servings

Looking for something a bit different to make with your apples this season? How about trying these Mini Easy Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cakes?

The combination of apple and cinnamon is a match made in heaven. They are perfect for any type of weather. Plus, you can grab a napkin and take them on the go. This recipe is based on my mom’s traditional Apple Cake recipe. I shortened the recipe by using a box brand mix.

I prefer to use Krusteaz Crumb Cake mix. You can skip using the heavy cream and sour cream for this recipe. If you are looking for a recipe that doesn’t use sour cream, I would love for you to try out this Cinnamon Coffee Cake recipe.

List of Ingredients Needed

For full printable instructions and a list of simple ingredients, scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe card. Plus, you’ll also find a list of recipes you can make using apples.

For most everything you will have on hand, you may have to run out to the grocery store to get the box mix.

  • 1 box crumb cake mix kit (Krusteaz)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5-6 medium fresh apples
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pecans – optional

This is my favorite recipe using Krusteaz cinnamon swirl crumb cake mix.

After all, there are times when you just need a nice shortcut. I like to say this recipe is semi-homemade. We often don’t have the time to make a from-scratch recipe but want the taste.  In New York State, you can often choose from a bounty of different types of tart apples.

I do love to cook with Empire apples and eat Honeycrisp apples. Empire apples add a tart, but sweet taste. Wink Wink, They are my secret to making a delicious apple pie and when I make my favorite Apple Raisin Smothered Pork Chops. And there is no shortage of apples in these Crumb Cakes…FIVE to SIX whole apples! 

That’s nearly five cups of apples packed in there! Apple lovers rejoice. There is one more thing you will be happy to know. This recipe is semi-homemade. That is RIGHT! Simple shortcuts make this recipe taste like you have been baking all day.

You can watch our quick video on how to put together this delicious apple cake recipe. Cakes that include the addition of fruit or veggies (like Carrot Cheesecake Cake Cookies or Southern Banana Pudding Poke Cake) tend to be super moist and delicious, and this apple cake is the perfect example of that!

How to Make This Apple Cake with Cinnamon

Cut apples for apple cake

STEP ONE: Let’s get that oven warmed up by preheating it to 350 degrees. First, you are going to start by peeling and coring all 5 – 6 medium apples into quarter-size pieces place in a large bowl with vanilla extract, brown sugar, and cinnamon, then combine and set aside.

I use a pretty handy apple corer. No matter the size of your apples, you can always easily remove the core with this apple corer.

Cake batter with apple chunks

STEP TWO: Next in a separate bowl, mix the Krusteaz Crumb Cake according to the directions. Then add apples to the mixture. Keep in mind that you do not want to over-mix the batter. Spend just a few minutes stirring all the ingredients in with a spoon, making sure that all have been incorporated.

making apple cake batter in mini square 6 cup tin

STEP THREE: Use a six-count large muffin or mini cake pan. When scooping the batter, make sure you fill the muffin tin to the top as this batter does not rise much with the apples included. Then use the leftover brown sugar from the cake mix kit and your (optional) pecans sprinkled on top before baking.

STEP FOUR: Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Use a cake poker to check if the batter is baked.

Then Hellooooo, gorgeous!

This cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, fall gatherings, or a holiday after-dinner treat. It’s gorgeous and delicious! AND WHOA! Just think of adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of this freshly baked apple cake or having it with a cup of coffee in the morning. Let’s call this an easy healthy breakfast.

apple crumb cake on clear class plate

What Are The Best Apples for Baking?

Granny Smith apples and Empire apples are my favorite types for any kind of baking, especially in dessert recipes, where the apple is the star of the show. The tartness with the addition of the sugars plays well together. Just ask my family about my apple pie.

Delicious! I do need to get that recipe up on the blog. For this recipe, however, you can use any type of apple. It is a very forgiving apple recipe because the apples are chopped small, so just use whatever you have on hand.

I do have a friend who swears that Cortland is the perfect apple. I can’t disagree. They are juicy and slightly tart, with bright red skin and snowy white flesh. She also says she doesn’t use any white sugar when baking with Cortlands. I have yet to try this myself and love this great option.

Easy Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake Recipe

Did You Enjoy Making This Recipe? Please rate this recipe with ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ or leave a comment. It helps other wonderful people connect with our recipes.

Yield: 6

Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake Recipe

Need a nice change from apple pie thats tasty and worthy of a special get together—and its very easy to make Try this Easy Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake e1526386247416

Cinnamon Apple Crumb cake is great for breakfast, brunch or dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas! This is an easy to make moist apple cake. With this simple and easy dessert recipe, you will get lots of compliments

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 box crumb cake mix kit (Krusteaz)
  • 5-6 medium crisp apples
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pecans - optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel and core all 5-6 apples into quarter size pieces place in a bowl with vanilla extract, brown sugar, and cinnamon then combined and set aside.
  3. Mix cake mix according to directions and add apples to mixture. Keep in mind that you do not want over mix the batter. Using a 6 ct large muffin or mini cake pan.
  4. When scooping the batter make sure you fill the muffin tin completely to the top as this batter does not rise much with the apples included. Using the leftover brown sugar from the cake mix kit and your (optional) pecans sprinkled on top prior to baking.
  5. Place in over to bake for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 2g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

Other Delicious Apple Recipes on Inspiring Savings

Easy Apple Raisin Smothered Pork Chops

Easy Homemade Apple Butter

Homemade Gingerbread Coffee Syrup Recipe

Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this meal at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan.

Similar Posts


  1. This looks so good, would make the perfect dessert in fall or snacks between meals. Thank you for sharing!

    Fransic –

  2. This sounds like a delicious cake. We do a lot of apple picking in the fall and it would be nice to try your recipe to use up some of the apples.

  3. Looks and sounds gorgeous. Perfect for halloween and fall season. I personally love Apple crumble. It’s the only dessert I can really make.

  4. Oh, I love apple cakes, but I haven’t baked them at home until now. This recipe sounds so tasty and not so difficult. Thanks for sharing! I would try it 🙂

  5. Oh wow that looks really delightful. I love apple and cinnamon combination.. I always mix both with my oat meal.. So this is definitely a big hit for me.. I will surely try to make this myself. Thank you for sharing this recipe to us

  6. Oh my goodness, this sounds so delicious. I have been getting the fall spirit lately, so I am saving this recipe for later!

  7. Oooh yum I love all things apple and cinnamon. This looks like the perfect Autumnal treat after coming in from a walk with a cup of tea.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *