Taste Tested: Spiced Apple Streusel Cake

This week, Julia’s sharing her core dessert recipe for the fall season: a nutty, caramel apple treat that’s a bushel of fun to bake and enjoy with friends.


“Come autumn, if it’s a day ending in ‘y’, it’s a safe bet that I’ll be making an apple crisp. A�Fortunately for my dinner dates, I’ve branched out this year! A�This rustic apple bundt cake, topped with a nutty crumble and a salted caramel glaze, is almost as easy to whip up as my beloved crisps and definitely worth upsetting the apple cart for.”

Recipe: Spiced Apple Streusel Cake

The hardest part of this recipe? Finally remembering to “borrow” a bundt pan from my mother. After that it was a piece of cake!


  • 5 Ontario apples, peeled, cored and diced into cubes (I used McIntosh, Cortland and Honeycrisps)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter and flour your bundt pan.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugars and oil until smooth. Add in eggs and whisk again.
  4. Stir in flour mixture until just incorporated.
  5. Fold in chopped apples, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  6. Transfer batter to bundt pan and bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Open oven door, pull rack forward and crumble walnut streusel over the cake.
  8. Continue baking the cake for another 30-50 minutes, depending on your oven, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Hang on to that toothpick! Use it to poke 10-12 holes in the cake. Drizzle 1/2 cup of caramel sauce over the cake.
  10. Let cool (unfortunately this part takes about an hour)
  11. Carefully invert cake, remove from bundt pan and enjoy!

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

For the Walnut Streusel:


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Ontario walnuts
  • 1/2 cup cubed butter (softened but still cool)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Whisk together flour, oats, nuts, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Using your hands, add in butter and combine until large crumbs form.
  3. Set mixture in fridge until needed.

For the Salted Caramel:


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (35%)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp butter, cubed


  1. Place water, sugar, and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Do not stir! Instead, swirl the pan.
  2. Bring to a boil and continue cooking for 5-7 minutes, until the mixture turns a golden amber colour.
  3. Working quickly, remove from heat and carefully pour in whipping cream. Mixture will bubble but continue whisking and a caramel sauce will be your sweet reward.
  4. Add Maldon salt and set aside to cool.

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. With ?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing out their favourites of the season. Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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