pumpkin apple crumb cake

I had mentioned that this Thanksgiving I took it easy in the kitchen. There was no time to fuss about with turkeys, sides or complicated dishes. I took the simple route and made only two things: the sweet potato, corn & jalapeño bisque and this crumb cake. It worked out perfectly because both the soup and this cake tasted deeply like autumn. And they were so easy to prepare that I could enjoy time with my guests and let the evening roll out easily. Simple pleasures, indeed.

Made with lightly sauteed apples and bursting with cinnamon and spice, this cake is kept moist with the addition of pumpkin puree. The original recipe calls for 4 cups of apples and a 9 inch round pan. I made this in an 8 inch cake pan and was able to only add in half the amount of apples. Worried that my cake would spill over, I took the extra precaution of putting a baking sheet underneath, but everything worked out perfectly. No spills! The batter rose up high in the oven and fell quickly when I took out the cake to cool. It was dense and delicious and perfectly unfussy….and I’m sure if you were short on time & didn’t want to saute the apples, you’d still find yourself with a cake to be thankful for.

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26 comments to “pumpkin apple crumb cake”

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    m.e (Cathie)   October 19, 2009 at 2:47 am

    thgat does look very yum indeed! love anything with cinnamon & spice.

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    Katerina   October 19, 2009 at 8:04 am

    This looks amazing! I love anything that includes pumpkin but this is different.

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    stephchows   October 19, 2009 at 10:46 am

    it sounds delicious. and I must say your thanksgiving menu sounds perfect to me! Now if only I could convince the family…

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    Amy   October 19, 2009 at 5:11 am

    What timing – we just visited an apple orchard yesterday and I'm in need of some apple recipes. Guess what I'll be making this week? Oh, and I have all my ingredients for the sweet potato bisque. I'm ready.

    It's like Thanksgiving at your house all over again.

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    tanvi @ now craving   October 19, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I had to read the title twice to see that you did in fact combine my 2 favorite fall flavors in one cake- this looks AMAZING! I am going to make it this week if not tonight…

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    jan   October 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    whoa, this sounds wicked!

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    hag   October 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    That looks and sounds so yummy. The pumpkin would be a nice addition…I bet butternut squash puree would also be delicious in this recipe… I have made soup made with butternut and apples. Easy and delicious – my two favorite words.

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    Kali   October 19, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Hmm…let's see: dinner party tomorrow and I hadn't a clue regarding dessert.

    Ding! Clue found.

    Thanks, kickpleat!

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    tara   October 19, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    This looks amazing. Ahhhmaaazing. Definitely one to try this season. Thanks so much for it.

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    Bijoux   October 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    whoa, that photo of the slice of cake with the whipped cream on top looks like heaven :) I need to stock up on pumpkin, there are so many things I want to make with it!

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    Laila   October 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious ..
    Laila .. http://lailablogs.com/

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    The Leftoverist   October 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving! Sounds like you had a lovely, simple dinner. Just my style.

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    Dana   October 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Pumpkin and apple together sound just about perfect to me! I wish I could take it easy for our upcoming Thanksgiving but it is going to be an epic cook and bake-a-thon.

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    fivemovesinfifteenmonths   October 20, 2009 at 7:00 am

    I made this last night and it was absolutely incredible!

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    fivemovesinfifteenmonths   October 20, 2009 at 7:00 am

    I made this last night and it was absolutely incredible!

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    Cookie baker Lynn   October 20, 2009 at 9:36 am

    That looks wonderful! I agree, simple is the best so you can enjoy your company and not be frantic in the kitchen.

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    Dolores   October 20, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    LOVE IT!! and easily converted to GFCF for my son… thanksgiving for sure!
    Thanks!

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    kiss my spatula   October 20, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    so beautiful!! perfect for the season – i'm trying this one!

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    Rhonda   October 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    made this tonight with the help of my 2 year old!! she loved using her hands to mix everything and its oh so yummy!!! thanks for posting this!!

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    kickpleat   October 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Cathie, I'm pretty smitten with cinnamon & spice too :)

    Haha Amy, I love it!

    Aw yeah, 2 fall flavours in one awesome cake, Tanvi :)

    Thanks Katerina!

    Glad I could inspire, Kali. I hope it turned out well :)

    Steph, it's bare-bones but it worked! Have others do the rest :)

    Jan, it's very wicked.

    Hag, I love butternut and apple soup and you could most def sub in bsquash here.

    Thanks Laila!

    You can say that again, Tara!

    Bijoux, it's indeed heaven!

    Thanks, Leftoverist.

    Dana, I would have preferred an epic dinner, but it was a busy weekend so this did nicely.

    Hooray, so glad you enjoyed it, five moves!!

    Thanks Lynn, I knew there was a good reason ;)

    Glad I could inspire you to convert this, Dolores!

    Thanks Kiss :)

    Rhonda, so glad that you both had such a great time making and eating this!

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    eatme_delicious   October 24, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Mmm sauteed apples, pumpkin and crumbs! Perfect fall dessert.

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    kickpleat   October 25, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    eatme, i agree completely!

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    Anne   November 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I made this tonight. Very good. I used leftover home cooked pumpkin. Used a 9" cake pan. It only took 50 minutes to bake. It is very moist and dense. I didn't have anything to top it with, but I think it would benefit from the addition of whipped cream.

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    Chris   November 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Lovely photos & love the title of your blog!

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    kickpleat   November 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Anne, glad you enjoyed it! Whipped cream always helps :)

    Thanks Chris!

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    thedelishdish   December 15, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I love your blog & made this recipe a few weeks ago and LOVED it!! i posted a pic on my blog too :)

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