Caramel Apple Crumb Cakes

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Last year, it was our Caramel Apple Coffee Cake Muffins, but this year it’s all about Mini Caramel Apple Crumb Cake – a fun, single-serving fall dessert for snacking or entertaining.

These mouth-watering mini caramel apple crumb cakes are a fun take on mini-loaves and the perfect fall dessert for casual entertaining, like playdates or afternoon coffees.

Caramel Apple Crumb Cake Recipe

Crumb cake is the quintessential afternoon treat with a cup of coffee. It’s my go-to when we have friends coming over for a playdate because it’s an indulgent treat that still makes sense for the middle of the afternoon, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say they don’t like crumb cake!

These Mini Crumb Cakes are a fun twist on the classic, allowing you to skip the slicing and portioning of the cake, and just serve your guest a mini loaf of their own.

They are also perfect for wrapping up as gifts and they are easier to eat on-the-go than a slice of cake requiring a fork. (Perfect for park playdates or when you need to take the coffee date outdoors.)

I also love making this recipe with my daycare kids because then they can each take home a “loaf” to share with their families, rather than a messy slice.

Of course, if mini loaves aren’t your style, you can always make a full-sized caramel apple crumb cake using this recipe. (It will turn out delicious.)

This caramel apple crumb cake has a fluffy, tender center with cinnamon-spiced cake with juicy pieces of apples cooked into the batter, and a buttery-sweet crumb topping that is finished off with a soft caramel drizzle. It is pure fall perfection!

Ingredients for Caramel Apple Crumb Cakes

For the cake batter:

For the crumb topping:

For the soft caramel drizzle:

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: swap out the apples for your favorite fruit mix-in. Feel free to make this a full-sized crumb cake, if desired.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk
  • Mini-loaf pan
  • Cooling racks <– I have and love these tiered cooling racks, they save so much counter space and are also oven-safe

How to Make Mini Crumb Cake Loaves

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Grease and flour a mini loaf pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and add the sour cream, melted butter and egg. Mix well.

Stir in the chopped apple and then portion the batter into the mini loaf pan.

For the crumb topping, combine the sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in the butter until the crumb coating is formed into small pea-sized pieces.

Divide the crumb topping evenly among the mini loaves, then bake for 18-22 minutes, until the loaves spring back when lightly pressed or an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

For the caramel drizzle, place the caramels and cream in a microwave-safe dish and microwave for 30 seconds, stir well, and reheat as needed.

Drizzle the soft caramel over the mini loaves and let set before serving or packaging.

 

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Caramel Apples get a bakery make-over with these Mini Caramel Apple Crumb Cakes - fun, single-serving fall dessert for snacking or entertaining. A copycat Starbucks recipe that is super simple to make

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Yield: 12 Mini Loaves

Caramel Apple Crumb Cakes

Caramel Apple Crumb Cakes

These mouth-watering mini caramel apple crumb cakes are a fun take on mini-loaves and the perfect fall dessert for casual entertaining, like playdates or afternoon coffees.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

For the cake batter:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 apple, chopped finely

For the crumb topping:

  • 2 Tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 and 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For the soft caramel drizzle:

  • 12 Caramel squares
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grease and flour a mini loaf pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and add the sour cream, melted butter and egg. Mix well.
  4. Stir in the chopped apple and then portion the batter into the mini loaf pan.
  5. For the crumb topping, combine the sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in the butter until the crumb coating is formed into small pea-sized pieces.
  6. Divide the crumb topping evenly among the mini loaves, then bake for 18-22 minutes, until the loaves spring back when lightly pressed or an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. For the caramel drizzle, place the caramels and cream in a microwave-safe dish and microwave for 30 seconds, stir well, and reheat as needed.
  8. Drizzle the soft caramel over the mini loaves and let set before serving or packaging.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 386mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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These mouth-watering mini caramel apple crumb cakes are a fun take on mini-loaves and the perfect fall dessert for casual entertaining, like playdates or afternoon coffees.

For more delicious apple-based recipes, check out our Apple Spice Layer Cake or our Apple Pie Dessert Enchiladas.

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