Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel

Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel

Man I love cooking desserts in skillets!  Whether it’s cobblers or brownies, I’m all in on skillet cooking so I whipped up this Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel that is so gooey and delicious there is no way you won’t attempt another piece.  I feel like the iron skillet does such a great job of browning the outside and bottom of cakes and cobbler because it holds heat so well, that it is far and away superior to a regular old casserole style pan.  Also, not-too-mention it looks way cooler than a plain old glass dish, no offense to those glass dish lovers.

This Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel is EXTREMELY EASY to make, seriously.  It’s perfect during the fall and winter months, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be fabulous in the summer months either.  It is all good in the hood all year round, but it’s fall and that means apples to me!!  Depending on your taste buds you can use a more tart apple or a sweeter apple.  I went with honey crisp apples since they are in season and have always been my favorite.  Again, it’s all about the flavor profile you are desiring.


I believe that almost all desserts are better with streusel.  I will literally put it on anything, and this Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel is no different.  Most of the time I use the same combination of oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon, however this time around I exchanged the flour for almond meal.  Think about it, almonds go fantastic with apples.  This is why I love Bob’s Red Mill though, because they literally make everything and I trust them with it all.  I used their almond meal and their oats.


We are a huge oat eating family in this house and whether it’s Bob’s Red Mill 5-grain cereal, their muesli or simply their rolled oats, they are the best.  I’ve found their rolled oats to be a little thicker, meatier if you will, and love how they taste when cooked.  They are especially delicious in this Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel.


You know I can never leave a recipe alone, so I went ahead and whipped up an easy to make batch of caramel sauce, finished with amaretto liqueur, and dumped it all over the top with vanilla ice cream.


This cake is also called skillet spoon apple cake, so feel free to dig right into that skillet with a spoon and go to town.  You may even want to put a bunch of ice cream and caramel right into the skillet and make this thing a feast for all, but in any event this Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel is so delicious with minimal steps, that it is a must make!  If you’re looking for something a little lighter then for sure check out this Stove Top Apple Crisp Recipe with Dried Cherries and Oatmeal Crumble.


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Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel
Recipe type: Dessert
Lots of leftover apples? Try this tempting Apple Cake Recipe with Oatmeal Streusel that is covered in caramel and ice cream!
For the Cake:
  • 4 ounces of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 3 peeled, cored and small diced honey crisp apples
For the Streusel:
  • 4 ounces of butter
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
For the Caramel:
  • 1 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup of butter
  • ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon of amaretto or like liqueur
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Cake: In a standing mixer with the paddle attachment on high speed, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in 1 egg at a time until mixed in and then add in the vanilla and sour cream.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and slowly add it to the mixer on low speed until incorporated.
  5. Fold in the apples and transfer the batter to a greased cast iron skillet.
  6. Streusel: In a large bowl cut the butter into the almond meal, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon until it is the size of a pea and evenly sprinkle the mixture over the apple cake batter.
  7. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and top and cooked in the center.
  8. Caramel: In a small pot add in the brown sugar, butter and cream and bring it to a boil. Turn it to low heat and cook until thick. Finish by whisking in the amaretto.
  9. Serve vanilla ice cream over the apple cake with streusel and pour caramel over the top.