Apple Streusel Cake


For the Streusel:
1 C light brown sugar
1 C chopped apples
1 C sliced almonds, pecans, or walnuts (optional)
¼ C all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 T. melted butter
For the Cake:
2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ C. (1 stick) butter, softened
½ C granulated sugar
3 large eggs
½ tsp. vanilla extract
⅓ C orange juice
For the Glaze:
½ C confectioners’ sugar
1½ tsp. orange juice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 or 10″ tube pan. To prepare streusel, in a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, apples, almonds, flour and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter.
For the cake, in a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda; mix well. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time; beat well after each addition. Add vanilla.
Set mixer to low; alternately beat flour mixture and orange juice into egg mixture. Spoon half of the batter into tube pan. Sprinkle with half of streusel.
Spoon the remaining batter over the streusel, spreading to make an even later. Swirl batter with a knife to create a marble pattern.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove cake from oven; sprinkle top with remaining streusel. Return cake to oven; bake until a tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 – 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely.
Making the Glaze:
Combine confectioners’ sugar and orange juice. Mix well. Turn cake out onto a serving plate; invert so streusel is on top. Drizzle glaze over the cake, and serve.

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