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Wassail Crumble Cake - a delicious orange, apple, cinnamon cake loaf with an orange cinnamon crumble and orange glaze. #christmascake #christmascakerecipe #christmasdessertrecipe #christmascakeideas #christmascakeflavors #easychristmascake #christmasdessertideas #easycrhistmasdesserts #christmasdesserts #cakebycourtney #bestholidaycakes

Wassail Crumble Cake

A tender and moist apple and orange spice cake with an orange cinnamon crumble and orange glaze.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Keyword Apple Cider Donut Cake, Beginner, Bundt Cake
Servings 2 Loafs


For the Cake

  • 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (5 g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (1 g) nutmeg
  • 1 tsp (5.6 g) salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (21 g) baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (110 g) brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 cup (224 g) vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 g) applesauce at room temperature
  • 1 cup (248 g) apple cider at room temperature
  • 1 tsp (5.6 g) vanilla extract

For the Crumble

  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (110 g) brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter cold
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp (2.5 g) ground cinnamon

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 cup (63 g) powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange zest


For the Crumble

  1. Combine the ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.

  2. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until you've formed pea-sized clusters. Set aside.

For the Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9"x5" loaf pans with non-stick spray and then dust with flour. Set aside.

  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, orange zest and oil. Mix on medium speed to combine.

  4. Add the eggs to the sugar mixture and mix on medium speed for about two minutes.

  5. Add the applesauce and vanilla. Mix to combine.

  6. With the mixer on low speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by half of the apple cider. Continue alternating the flour mixture and the apple cider, finishing with the flour mixture. Mix until no streaks of flour remain. The batter will be slightly thin, not thick.

  7. Pour the batter into the loaf pans. Divide the crumble in two and add the crumble to the top of each loaf pan. Bake the cake loafs for about 50 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.

  8. Let the cake cool for about 30 minutes in the pan before inverting the cakes into a plate for serving or to cool completely.

For the Glaze

  1. Combine the powdered sugar, orange juice and zest in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze onto each cake loaf.