Warm Apple Crumb Cake with Molasses Glaze

Warm Apple Crumb Cake with Molasses Glaze // Queen Smithereen.

Warm Apple Crumb Cake with Molasses Glaze // Queen Smithereen.

Warm Apple Crumb Cake with Molasses Glaze // Queen Smithereen.

Warm Apple Crumb Cake with Molasses Glaze // Queen Smithereen.

Warm Apple Crumb Cake with Molasses Glaze // Queen Smithereen.

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Warm Apple Crumb Cake with Molasses Glaze
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Makes one square cake

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 pink lady apples, peeled, cored, and cubed

Crumbs:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Molasses Glaze:

3/4 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp whole milk

Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8x8x2 square pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating in-between. Beat in vanilla. Add dry ingredients in halves, alternating with the buttermilk, and mix until just combined. Fold in the apples. Pour into pan and prepare crumbs.

Crumbs:
Whisk together flour, cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar. Beat in dry ingredients, followed by vanilla. Scatter the crumbs atop the cake batter and bake the cake (cake will be golden and fragrant) until a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, with moist crumbs attached, about 30-35 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before drizzling with glaze.

Glaze:
Combine confectioners sugar, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and 1 tbsp whole milk, stirring until combined. Add another tbsp of whole milk, if necessary, until the mixture reaches desired consistency. Drizzle over the warm cake. Slice and serve.

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