Apple Crumb Tea Cake {A Healthy, Fresh, Apple Cake Recipe}

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I have to admit substituting butter and sugar has become a new obsession.

Yes, there is a difference in taste but the healthier substitutes taste just as good, if not better, in some recipes.


I’m still learning to tweak and figure out how to get crunchy cookies so I decided to just stick to making a tea cake.

Nothing too sweet. Nothing too heavy. Just something to satisfy my sweet cravings…

in a healthier way!


And since I scored on a bunch of organic apples this past weekend, I decided to make…

An Apple Crumb Tea Cake.



Ours was a tad bit short on the sweetness levels because Hubs is not a big fan of anything very sweet, so I have added an additional quarter cup of honey in the recipe below. If you still need your cake sweeter, feel free to add a little more to the mix! (Or if honey is just not your thang, just substitute with raw organic cane sugar.)


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Apple Crumb Tea Cake
Note: I've used organic, healthier substitutes while baking but feel free to switch out to what you're more comfortable using.
Author: Marina
  • 2 cage free eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup honey we used wildflower honey as they're supposedly great for allergies
  • 2 cups organic gala apples chopped into tiny squares/wedges
  • 1 1/2 tsp organic vanilla essence
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup walnuts grind this to a powder
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsps cold unsalted organic butter
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients:flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground walnuts. Set aside for use later on.
  3. In your mixer/in a bowl, mix to blend together the eggs, applesauce and honey.
  4. Add to the mix the vanilla essence and apples.
  5. Now gradually add the dry mix to the bowl and mix well.
  6. In a prepared (grease and gently flour) 8" round cake pan, pour in the prepared cake mix.
  7. For the crumbly topping- manually mix the all purpose flour, cinnamon, butter and brown sugar together. You should end up with a crumbly mix. Sprinkle the crumbles on top of your cake mixture.
  8. Pray over your cake (Yes, in our home we always do that. We say that’s the secret to a yum cake!) and pop it into the oven for about 20 minutes.
  9. Once baked to perfection (do the toothpick test to ensure you’ve got a cake that has baked through), pull out of the oven and cool for about 5-10 minutes before slicing through, to enjoy!


Do you have a favorite fruit-based baked treat you enjoy? 



  1. Looks yummy and with the healthier ingredients you’ve substituted seems just right for the tummy ! xx

  2. I believe this would be something that the fam would LOVE to make and try, if not I will eat it for them! 😉

  3. I am going to book mark for later as this looks great & I need to print it out. Thanks for sharing

  4. My hubby would love that. I really enjoy Apple Crisp but it’s been years since I last made it.

  5. I love apple crisp. The one thing I miss about living in New England is going to pick fresh apples of all different varieties and baking SO many different things.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Yum. That sounds amazing. I am having tea right now and this would be perfect with it!

  7. I am going to try this! I have been substituting things for butter too and wondering what I can make that is sweet since I am always wanting sweet snacks!

  8. I love that there are apple chunks in this! Reminds me of a muffin my dad and I used to share when I was a little girl. Good memories 🙂

  9. My daughter and I made this over the weekend. I didn’t have walnuts, so we used pecans. The cake was delicious! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

  10. I love this Tea Cake and wish I had a slice for my afternoon tea today. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. This apple crumb cake will good for breakfast, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.

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  13. This sounds amazing. However I would be making this for a group that includes a person with a nut allergy. What could I substitute for the ground walnuts? more flour? or just leave it out? thanks!

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