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Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake – a deliciously moist and tender coffee cake with lots of apples baked in and topped with a cinnamon and brown sugar streusel that takes it over the top!

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Apple treats have to be one of the best to make, because you can always find apples in the grocery store. They shine in the fall, but you can really can make Apple Bars in the middle of February and they are pretty much the same as if you make them in September.

So today I am here with an Apple Coffee Cake that is perfect all year round. It is great for brunch, makes a delicious dessert with a drizzle of caramel or ice cream, or just with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

apple coffee cake on a plate with a fork

 

What Is Coffee Cake

It seems that every time I share a coffee cake recipe on social media I get comments about how it doesn’t have coffee it in, so I need to change the name of the recipe. So let’s actually nail down why it is called coffee cake.

In the United States, coffee cake simply refers to a sweet cake that is intended to be serve WITH coffee or tea. That can be in the morning for breakfast or a snack. But it is meant to go with the coffee, it doesn’t mean there is coffee in it.

There are lots of ways you can mix up your coffee cake recipe too. If you like chocolate try Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake or this Peaches and Cream Coffee Cake is amazing with fresh peaches.

folding apples into coffee cake batter

What You’ll Need

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  • Softened Butter – I always us unsalted butter in baking
  • Brown Sugar – I used Imperial Sugar for this recipe
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Sour Cream
  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
a slice of apple coffee cake on a white plate

How To Make Apple Coffee Cake

  1. In an electric mixer start by creaming the butter and brown sugar together until it is nice and smooth.
  2. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until they are fully incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until it is blended.
  4. Slowly alternate adding the flour mixture with the sour cream until everything is just incorporated. You do not want to overmix or the cake can get tough.
  5. Fold in the chopped apples and spread into your prepared baking pan.
  6. Next mix together the crumb topping using your fingers or a fork to blend the mixture to be the consistency of sand.
  7. Spread evenly over the bake and bake for about 45 minutes until a tester comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing to serve.
Apple Coffee Cake - a deliciously moist and tender coffee cake with lots of apples baked in and topped with a cinnamon and brown sugar streusel that takes it over the top!

What Apples To Use

I like to use a blend of apples when I am baking. With something like this, I do try to avoid any super sweet apples like a honey crisp. The crumb topping and cake are rather sweet, so you don’t need much more. Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and Braeburn are usually my go-to when baking.

Storage

If you have leftovers you can cover with foil or plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 4 days. After that the apples start to get soft and the cake gets soggy.

How To Serve Apple Coffee Cake

Breakfast or Snack – a slice all by itself with a cup of coffee or tea is perfect. You can serve with Fruit Skewers or Berry Fruit Salad on the side for a meal.

Dessert – Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel for a delicious over the top slice of cake!

close up apple coffee cake for pinterest

More Delicious Apple Recipes

Yield: 9

Apple Coffee Cake

cropped in image of apple coffee cake on a plate with a fork

Apple Coffee Cake - a deliciously moist and tender coffee cake with lots of apples baked in and topped with a cinnamon and brown sugar streusel that takes it over the top!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

Apple Coffee Cake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped apples

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9-inch baking dish with grease and flour, or line with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. In an electric mixer start by creaming butter and brown sugar together until smooth.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until blended.
  5. Slowly alternate adding flour mixture with sour cream until everything is just incorporated. Do not over mix or cake can get tough.
  6. Fold in chopped apples and spread into prepared baking pan.
  7. Next mix together crumb topping using your fingers or a fork to blend mixture to be consistency of sand.
  8. Spread evenly over cake and bake for about 45 minutes until a tester comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and let it cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Notes

I used Imperial Sugar in this recipe

Nutrition Information

Yield

9

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 430Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 84mgSodium 346mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 2gSugar 33gProtein 6g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Juliane

Monday 15th of August 2022

This cake is really heaven sent!

Amelia Thompson

Sunday 14th of August 2022

I love apple pie. Looks very tasty. I will definitely try.

Catalina

Saturday 13th of August 2022

I love the topping of the coffee cake. It's irresistible and always the best part. I am so curious to make this cake in the apple version!

Beth

Friday 12th of August 2022

I adore this so much. When fall starts to approach, most people lose it over pumpkins, but I'm all about the apples. I can't wait to make this!

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