Apple Crumble Cake (Good & Easy)

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This good & easy apple crumble cake recipe will bring your tastebuds back to days in grandma’s kitchen. Filled with apples and topped with a delicious pecan crumble, I like to serve it warm with homemade whipped cream gently melting on top. 

Slice of apple crumble cake.

I first had this apple crumble cake when I was eight years old. I really enjoy it because it isn’t too sweet. I’m not a big icing person, but give me fresh whipped cream oozing down over warm cake and you got a happy camper on your hands!

Fortunately, this coffee cake recipe is super easy to make. If you’re new around here, let me in on a little secret… I love using box cake mix in so many of my favorite cake recipes. It’s quick, easy, and always results in a perfectly soft and moist cake, so what’s not to love?

Today we’re using a white cake mix and adding some scrumptious apple pie filling and chopped nuts for added flavor and texture. The filling absorbs into the cake so it’s deliciously moist! But as the name suggests, this apple crumble cake recipe isn’t complete without its crumble topping. This buttery, nutty, and cinnamon-spiced topping is the cherry on top, let me tell you!

Every bite will have you dreaming of crisp fall days. Alright, who’s ready to bake an easy apple crumb cake? I know I am!

Ingredients for Apple Crumble Cake.

Recipe Ingredients

Apple Cake

  •  Box of white cake mix
  • Chopped pecans
  • Can of apple pie filling
  • Eggs

Crumble Topping

  • Plain flour
  • White sugar
  • Unsalted butter or margarine
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Chopped pecans

How to Make Apple Crumble Cake

Coarsely chop up apple pie filling.

Pour the apple pie filling onto a plate or into a bowl, then get a knife and kind of coarsely chop it up a bit.

The original recipe said to “beat the apple pie filling” to break it up a bit. But I guess apple pie filling must be sturdier these days than it used to be because the one time I tried to beat it, nothing happened except the whole apple slices sloshed around in my mixing bowl for a minute or so.

Mix together all cake ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Now, place all ingredients for the cake into a mixing bowl. Using a large spoon or spatula, stir this up until well combined. Set aside.

Place crumble ingredients in bowl and cut in butter until crumbly.

Prepare the crumb topping by placing flour, sugar, pecans, ground cinnamon, and softened butter into a small bowl.

Cut butter in with a fork and stir the entire mixture until crumbly.

Add cake batter to baking dish and evenly top with topping.

Spread the cake batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle evenly with the crumb topping. 

Bake the apple crumb cake at 350 for 50 to 55 minutes.

Slice of apple crumble cake with whipped cream.

I love to serve this warm with homemade whipped cream on top!

I’ve included an easy homemade recipe below, but check out this post to learn how easy it is to make whipped cream at home with evaporated milk.


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can easily reheat it quickly in the microwave.
  • You can also store leftovers in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Use whatever cake mix brand you prefer. I know they’ve changed sizes slightly but this recipe still works fine. Unfortunately, after a lifetime of devotion, I no longer recommend Duncan Hines due to several test kitchen failures with their current formulation. 
  • This apple crumb coffee cake also tastes amazing served with custard or vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Try my pecan praline sauce (YUM).
  • For the crumble topping, you can use just granulated sugar, just brown sugar, or a combination of both.
  • For extra sweetness, top your apple cake with a simple vanilla glaze (visit this post for a recipe).
  • If you like, you can totally substitute the pecans for walnuts. We all know they’re so much more budget-friendly.

Recipe FAQs

Can I substitute the apple for something else in this apple cake recipe?

You totally can! Adapt this apple cake recipe to suit you. An easy substitution is to swap the apple pie filling for a different pie filling, like cherry.

You may also like these other appetizing apple desserts:

Jack-o-Lantern Apple Pie With Puff Pastry

Caramel Apple Cheesecake (Unbelievably Blissful)

Apple Crisp in the Crockpot

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Easy Apple Crumble Recipe

Apple Crumble Cake

This easy apple crumble cake recipe is made with apple pie filling and topped with a delicious pecan crumble. Serve with whipped cream.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, cake
Servings: 4
Calories: 490kcal


Apple Cake

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can apple pie filling 21 ounces
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter at room temp

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1 - 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar


  • Pour the apple pie filling onto a large plate and coarsely chop it up a bit with a knife. Place it in a mixing bowl along with all the other cake ingredients. Stir until well combined with a large spoon. Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
    1 box white cake mix, 3 eggs, 1 can apple pie filling, 1 cup chopped nuts
  • Prepare topping by mixing all the ingredients together with a fork. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the cake batter. Bake cake at 350 for 50-55 minutes. Serve warm with homemade whipped cream.
    1/2 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1 cup chopped pecans, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup butter

To make whipped cream

  • Place the heavy whipping cream in a chilled mixing bowl and add sugar to taste. I suggest starting with two tablespoons because you can always add more later.
    2-4 tablespoons sugar, 1 - 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Mix on high for about one minute, until soft peaks and ripples form. Serve over warm cake (don't forget to lick the bowl!).


*In place of homemade whipped cream you can use your favorite whipped topping. 


Calories: 490kcal
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  1. This cake looked so good until I checked the ingredients. I’m sure I will upset the apple cart, but we should really avoid ultra processed foods like cake mixes. Yes, they are convenient, but they’re full of chemicals and artificial flavors that are really not healthy. Of course, cake is not a healthy food, but we shouldn’t make it worse by ingesting things our grandmothers wouldn’t recognize. I think everyone should look around and they will see that most of us are suffering from many ailments that are caused by what we eat.

  2. Hey all y’all back in 2009! It’s 10 years later , this recipe is still wonderful, and Christy is still as inspiring as ever!
    (All of the comments that are showing up here are from winter 2009!)

  3. A tip on getting the apples cut up..put them in the mixing bowl then chop them with your meat muddler!!! Works great.

  4. This is the second recipe of yours that I tried this week. The other was the Cream Cheese Mints:)
    My husband and his sister and her husband absolutely loved this cake! Very easy to make and very delicious! Thanks foe the recipes…this one is also a keeper!
    Merry Christmas to all!!

  5. I used to be a msn site manager for 3 sites and my email handle stands for 2 cook ‘n’ bake, lol. A classmate shared this recipe and now I’m going to have to check all of your posts out! Hubby is part-Norwegian, BTW. I like your sense of humor as well

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