My Apple Fritter Bread recipe is tender, moist, and buttery! Infused with warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, festive flavors will fill your kitchen as it bakes away. Serve a slice with coffee or tea for a mouthwatering breakfast, brunch, or dessert. If you love this, you need to try my Blueberry Coffee Cake, Peach Fritters, Lemon Loaf Cake, or Banana Fritters.
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I don’t know about y’all, but seasonal breads and crumble cakes are my all-time favorite treats! Once the fall season hits, I take it as my cue to bake any and all types of decadent apple desserts. Whenever my household smells the aromas of ground cinnamon and nutmeg, they come running to see what’s happening in my oven!
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What is apple fritter bread?
Just like traditional crumb cake or coffee cake, the key component of apple fritter bread is the crumb topping! However, where this recipe differs is the spiced apples dispersed all throughout!
The actual bread which tastes like cake is tender and moist thanks to the addition of sour cream, and the apples add just the right amount of tartness to balance out the sweet crumble and glaze.
Often served for breakfast, enjoy a slice with a warm cup of coffee or tea during the fall and winter months!
- Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour: Make sure it’s all-purpose flour for a soft and tender, yet sturdy cake. If you are gluten-free, use a 1:1 gluten-free blend (with varied results).
- Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar: For deep, rich, caramelly notes that balance the juiciness of the apples incredibly well. Don’t have brown sugar? Make your own with 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon of molasses.
- Simply Nature Organic Ground Cinnamon: Exclusive to ALDI, Simply Nature Organic Ground Cinnamon imparts perfectly sweet, warming, and cozy flavors that make this cake a family favorite.
- Salt: To enhance the other ingredients in this apple fritter crumble cake.
- Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter: Use unsalted butter for better control over the salt level in the recipe. Make sure it’s room temperature for the best results.
- Stonemill Pure Vanilla Extract: Use vanilla in the crumble, the cake, and the glaze for an extra flavor boost. I always recommend pure vanilla extract whenever possible — it’s worth the splurge!
- Gala apples: Tart, juicy, and fresh, ALDI is doing something right with their apples, y’all! Plus, I love how I can buy them in bulk since their prices are so reasonable!
- Baker’s Corner Granulated Sugar: To sweeten the spiced apples and the cake, I prefer regular granulated sugar.
- Nutmeg: Along with the cinnamon, nutmeg creates the ultimate festive flavor. Add it to both the apples and the glaze.
- Goldhen Cage Free Large Eggs Grade A: To add moisture and help give the cake lift. Make sure you use room-temperature eggs.
- Baker’s Corner Baking Powder: The leavening agent. Baking powder creates a light texture.
- Friendly Farms Sour Cream: Adds a creamy, rich, and moist texture. If you don’t have sour cream, replace it with Greek yogurt.
- Simply Nature Organic 2% Milk: I use regular 2% milk, but you can add a higher or lower fat percentage based on what you have available.
- Baker’s Corner Powdered Sugar: For the glaze. If you don’t have any powdered sugar on hand, make your own by blending 2 cups of regular granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
How to make apple fritter bread
Step 1: Make the crumble
Add flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt to a medium-sized bowl and toss together. Make sure to break everything up and combine it well. In a separate bowl, stir together the butter and vanilla, then pour the mixture over the dry ingredients. Toss everything together until crumbs develop, then cover and refrigerate.
Step 2: Coat the apples
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, toss the apples with granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set them aside while you make the cake.
Step 3: Make the cake
Preheat the oven to 350F, spray a 9×5 loaf pan with baking spray, line it with parchment paper, then spray the parchment paper once more.
Beat the butter and sugar in a stand mixer for a few minutes, or until light and fluffy. One at a time, add the eggs. Once the eggs are mixed in, slowly add the flour, baking powder, and salt while mixing on low. Lastly, add in sour cream, milk, and vanilla, mixing until just combined.
Step 4: Assemble the cake
Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan, top with half of the spiced apples, and sprinkle half of the crumble mixture on top.
Repeat the same process with the rest of the ingredients, finishing the cake off with the crumble.
Bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If the cake starts browning too much and still isn’t done, tent it with a piece of foil. Cool for about 40-50 minutes, then carefully remove the cake from the pan.
Step 5: Make the spiced icing
Stir together all of the icing ingredients. Once the cake has completely cooled, drizzle the glaze evenly over the top, slice, and serve it up!
Tips and tricks
- Don’t overmix the batter: Mix until just incorporated. Overmixing will cause gluten bonds to form and result in a dense apple fritter crumble cake!
- Bring ingredients to room temperature: Make sure the cake ingredients are at room temperature so the batter evenly mixes and properly bakes.
- Grease the pan: Don’t forget to grease the loaf pan for easier removal once it’s baked.
- Measure carefully: Use the spoon and level method to measure the flour, and weigh the other ingredients with a kitchen scale for the most consistent results.
What to do with leftovers
If you happen to have leftover apple fritter crumble cake, follow these simple tips to keep it fresh:
- Room temperature: Once cooled, transfer the crumble cake to an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- Fridge: If you want to get a few more days out of your dessert, simply place it in the fridge for up to 5 days (though it will dry out quicker in the fridge).
- Freezer: Add the crumble cake to a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight or on the countertop for 2-3 hours before serving.
Make it ahead of time
Making crumble cake ahead of time is simple and may even taste better the next day after all of the flavors have had time to infuse together. You can bake it up to 1 day in advance.
Additional dessert recipes
For more Grandbaby Cakes’ BEST crumble recipes, try one of these:
Apple Fritter Bread
For the Crumble Topping
- 3/4 cup Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup light Baker's Corner Brown Sugar packed
- 1/4 tsp Simply Nature Organic Ground Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter melted
- 1 tsp Stonemill Pure Vanilla Extract
For the Spiced Apples
- 1 1/2-2 cups Gala apples peeled and chopped
- 2 tbsp Baker's Corner Granulated Sugar
- 1 tsp Simply Nature Organic Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
For the Bread
- 1/2 cup Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter room temperature
- 2/3 cup Baker's Corner Granulated Sugar
- 2 Goldhen Cage Free Large Eggs Grade A room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp Baker's Corner Baking Powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup Friendly Farms Sour Cream
- 2 tbsp Simply Nature Organic 2% Milk
- 1 tbsp Stonemill Pure Vanilla Extract
For the Spiced Icing
- 1/2 cup Baker's Corner Powdered Sugar
- 2 tsp Simply Nature Organic 2% Milk
- 1/2 tsp Stonemill Pure Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Simply Nature Organic Ground Cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
For the Crumble
- Add flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt to a medium sized bowl and toss together making sure to break up everything. Stir together the butter and vanilla in a separate small bowl and pour over the dry ingredients. Toss everything together until crumbs develop then cover and refrigerate.
For the Spiced Apples
- Toss apples in a medium sized bowl with granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.
For the Bread
- Preheat the oven to 350 then spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with baking spray and line in a parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the long sides. Then spray the parchment paper.
- Add butter to your stand mixer then slowly pour in sugar and beat on medium high speed until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes).
- Add eggs, one at a time, combining well after each addition and scrape bowl as needed.
- Slow mixer to slow speed and add flour, baking powder and salt in increments.
- Next add in sour cream, milk and vanilla extract and mix until just combined. The consistency of the bread mixture should be a little thick.
To Assemble Bread
- Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. You’ll need to spread the mixture out evenly with a spatula. Then top with half of the spiced apples. Lightly press the apples into the batter.
- Take the crumble out of the fridge and start to break apart with a fork.
- Next sprinkle half of the crumble mixture on top. Then add the last layer of batter making sure to spread the batter with a spatula. Add remaining apples, making sure to lightly press them into the top of the batter.
- Finally finish with the remaining crumble.
- Bake at 350 for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If bread starts to brown a bit too much and still isn’t done, tent with a piece of foil to avoid additional browning while it continues to bake. Cool for about 40-50 minutes and then carefully remove the bread from the loaf pan by lifting the parchment paper.
For the Icing
- Add the powdered sugar to a small bowl. Then add the milk, vanilla extract, a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Stir together all ingredients. At this point, you can add ½ teaspoon of additional milk to the icing (if desired). Note: adding too much milk will thin the glaze and lose some of the white color.
- Once bread has completely cooled, drizzle on top, slice and serve it up!