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Fresh apple cake with streusel topping is a favorite with coffee for breakfast at my house. We love anything with apples and because it is made with a mix, it is quick and easy. Serve this cake at any gathering of friends and family for dessert or serve for any holiday meal.  Apple recipes are always popular during the fall of the year or just anytime you want a great sweet treat.

1 yellow cake mix 16.5 ounces (I used Duncan Hines Classic Yellow)
3 eggs
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups fresh grated apples – about 3 small apples

Empty cake mix into a large mixing bowl.  Mix in eggs, milk, oil, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and margarine mixing well after each addition. Fold in apples.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish and pour in batter.  Top with streusel topping below.


Streusel Topping

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup walnut pieces or nuts of your choice
6 tablespoons butter or margarine

Mix together brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon.  Sprinkle over the cake batter above.  Sprinkle on nuts.  Cut butter into small pieces on top of the streusel.

Bake cake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes checking for doneness as ovens vary. Enjoy!

Don’t Forget to Pin Fresh Apple Cake with Streusel Topping! 

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  1. I just made this cake it was so GOOD and Moist !! I did a few things different,instead of grating the apples,I pulsed them in my food processor,So they were chunky,I only used 1 tsp of cinnamon and it was just enough,I thought 1 TBSP is way too much cinnamon.And instead of milk I used buttermilk.Then for the Streusel topping ,I mixed everything together except the nuts,sprinkled that over the top of the cake then I sprinkled my chopped pecans over that…it’s a wonderful cake !! 🙂 (y)

  2. I have a box of Spice Cake Mix I want to use–I’ll just leave out all the spices above-keep the vamilla in-of course!!! Thank you so much!!

  3. this sounds yummy. How’ve you been, Judy? Looking forward to your winter recipes.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Balisha, So good to hear from you. I think winter is about to hit us. It has been in the 30s several mornings this week. I have been raking leaves all day. I hope you all are doing good. The site keeps me busy along with the grandkids. The Facebook page is now over 300,000 and like a full time job but I love cooking and experimenting with recipes and hope you enjoy them. It will be time for the holidays before we know it. I hope yours is a great one. Love and hugs to you.

  4. Sheila Sargent says:

    sounds good. Going to have to try, but replace the milk w buttermilk. Will be much moisture. Thanks.

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