Hi Everyone…  Today I am excited to share a recipe, perfect for fall!  Here in New England it has been prime apple picking season…  Pick-your-own is one of my favorite things to do with my son and we try to take advantage of whatever is in season during the summer.  Last week we made it out to the apple orchards to pick a peck of Cortland apples! 

 This recipe has been handed down to me from a family member… I hadn’t made it before, but I’m so glad I decided to try it!  Apple Tea Cake, like a coffee cake, is a not-too-sweet crumb cake… perfect for enjoying with a cup of afternoon tea.  It was a huge hit with my family and will probably become a staple through the fall!

Apple Tea Cake Recipe:

  • 4 Lipton Tea Bags
  • 1 Tart Apple
  • 1 ¼  Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 12 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Crumb Topping* (recipe to follow)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a medium bowl, pour 2 cups of boiling water over tea bags, let steep for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags, add ¼ cup of sugar and stir to dissolve.  Add peeled, cored and rough chopped apples and let stand about 1 hour.
  4. After an hour, remove apple pieces and set aside.  Also, reserve ¼ cup of tea liquid.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.
  6. Add sour cream & vanilla to tea liquid, and stir to combine.
  7. In a large mixing bowl (or in the bowl of your stand mixer) cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar.  Then, add eggs one at a time.
  8. Next, alternate adding dry & wet ingredients, be careful not to over mix!
  9. Fold in apples with a spatula and then spread into a lightly greased 9” spring form pan.
  10. Evenly spread the crumb topping over the top of the batter, and then bake about 1 hour (or until a toothpick comes out clean) in a 350°F oven.
  11. Let cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pan.
  12. Optional: sprinkle powdered sugar over the top!

 *Crumb Topping Recipe

  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp butter (softened)
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)

  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients (except pecans) and blend with a fork until the mixture resembles crumbly, wet sand.  
  2. Stir in nuts.

I hope you will try this recipe… Enjoy!

Happy Caking 🙂