You can’t beat an old-fashioned dessert, like this delicious crumb cake,

starring tender apple and sweet strawberries.

Apple & Strawberry Crumble Cake
Apple & Strawberry Crumble Cake
  • Ingredients
  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 200g butter, at room temperature
  • 155g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 150g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 185ml (3/4 cup) milk
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, thickly sliced
  • 200g strawberries, washed, hulled, halved

Crumble topping

  • 75g (1/2 cup) plain flour
  • 50g chilled butter, chopped
  • 55g (1/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • Method
  1. Step 1Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a round 20cm (base measurement) springform pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base with non-stick baking paper. Place the prepared pan on a baking tray.
  2. Step 2Use an electric beater to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Use a large metal spoon to fold in the combined flour and the milk until well combined.
  3. Step 3Spoon into the prepared pan. Use the back of the spoon to smooth the surface. Arrange the apple and strawberry on top.
  4. Step 4To make the crumble topping, place the flour and butter in a bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  5. Step 5Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apple and strawberry. Bake in oven for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve cake warm or at room temperature.

I found this recipe on and I loved every crumb!

7 thoughts on “Cakes

  1. gardening green thumb

    Hi Maria, just watched the first episode of the great Australian bake off and I think you are amazing! Would you be able to put the recipe up of the raspberry and white chocolate cake you made on the show? It looked fantastic and I would really like to try it. Thanks Jane

    • Maria Vella

      Hi Jane Im so happy to hear that you are enjoying the show. I have posted the Vanilla and Raspberry Marble Cake recipe.I hope you enjoy baking it. Kindest Regards Maria x

  2. June Mason

    Hi Maria so loving watching you on TV. I have a query please in regard to the absolutely beautiful cheese cake you made that you have kindly shared here on your blog. In the ingredient list you state 1t and 1T does this equate to teaspoon and or tablespoon. I so want to have a go to make this in a couple of weeks when we have friends to visit. I just wish I could attend one of your classes…. I live in Qld not Melbourne! I am waiting for your gluten free recipes to be posted on here.

    • Maria Vella

      Hi June I hope you have tryed the GF tart and enjoyed it I really love this pastry. Yes Im a little old school when I write out a recipe so sorry about that you are correct t = teaspoon and T = Tablespoon. Kindest Regards Maria

  3. Abbey

    Hi Maria,

    I have been watching you on The great Australian bake off and love your cake decorating with fondant.I am now hooked onto cake decorating and can’t seem to find any fondant where can I get some what brand do you recommend and how much is it?


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