Delicious Apple Coffee Cake Recipe for Sweet Mornings

Welcome to my kitchen, coffee lovers! Today, I am thrilled to share with you my all-time favorite recipe for apple coffee cake – a delicious and moist cake that is perfect for your next coffee break or brunch. If you’re a fan of cinnamon apple flavors and caffeine kick, this recipe is just the right fit.

Imagine biting into soft pieces of chopped apples in every bite and enjoying the warm notes of cinnamon sugar over your taste buds, while sipping on freshly brewed coffee. This apple coffee cake recipe is simply irresistible and provides the fresh aroma that will fill your home with joy.

Not only is this coffee cake easy to make, but it is also made with easily available ingredients in your nearest grocery store. It is perfect for those who are tight on time yet want to serve something flavorful that everyone will love.

So, whether you want something sweet as dessert or scrumptious as breakfast, this apple coffee cake/crumb cake will not disappoint you. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apple Coffee Cake
Apple Coffee Cake

As a barista, I know that coffee and cake are a match made in heaven. That’s why I’m excited to share with you this amazing recipe for Apple Coffee Cake. You’ll love this recipe for several reasons.

First, it’s the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. The cinnamon apple flavor pairs perfectly with the richness of the brewed coffee, making for a delicious and unique twist on the classic coffee cake.

Secondly, it’s easy to make. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have a beautiful and tasty cake that’ll impress your friends and family. The recipe ingredients are also readily available, and you won’t need any specialized kitchen equipment.

Thirdly, this recipe offers plenty of room for customization. If you’re not a fan of raisins, feel free to substitute them with cranberries or any other dried fruit. For a gluten-free version, simply replace the all-purpose flour with Bisquick or another gluten-free substitute. These small variations will make everyone feel excited about the new flavors presented!

Finally, this Apple Coffee Cake is perfect for any occasion – breakfast, brunch, dessert or even as a midnight snack. It’s versatile enough to fit into any meal plan throughout the day. Additionally this is an ideal offering during celebrations when people need just a little bit of sweet treat to round out their coffees after dinner.

All in all, this Apple Coffee Cake is an absolute must-try for anybody looking to explore new flavours and textures in their baking repertoire. Trust me – once you try it, you’ll fall head-over-heels in love with it!

Ingredient List

 A warm slice of apple coffee cake, just out of the oven, is like a hug in food form.
A warm slice of apple coffee cake, just out of the oven, is like a hug in food form.

Get ready for a flavorful and delightful treat with this Apple Coffee Cake recipe. Here’s what you need to create this coffee cake goodness:
For the Cake Batter:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon apple spice
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of brewed coffee
  • 2 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins or cranberries (optional)

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon apple spice mix
  • A pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cubed

The ingredients mentioned above make up the entire coffee cake recipe. If some of these don’t suit your taste, don’t worry! There are lots of substitutions and variations that you can try to make it more enjoyable for you. I’ll get into that in the next section.

The Recipe How-To

 An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an apple coffee cake a day keeps the blues away.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but an apple coffee cake a day keeps the blues away.

Are you ready to dive into making this delicious Apple Coffee Cake? Here is how you can do it:


  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 4 cups chopped apples (about 4 medium apples)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup raisins or dried cranberries


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and light in color, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.

  4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture while alternating with coffee. Mix until just combined.

  5. In another bowl, combine the chopped apples with brown sugar and raisins/cranberries.

  6. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan followed by half of the apple mixture evenly into the batter. Repeat with remaining batter then top off with apple mixture.

  7. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake is golden brown on top.

  8. Let cool completely in pan before slicing.

Enjoy your delicious creation!

Substitutions and Variations

 This apple coffee cake smells so good, you'll want to bottle it up as a perfume.
This apple coffee cake smells so good, you’ll want to bottle it up as a perfume.

One of the best things about recipes is the ability to experiment with different ingredients and make them your own. In this section, we’ll explore some substitutions and variations that you can try out for this delicious apple coffee cake recipe.

If you’re not a fan of raisins or cranberries, feel free to swap them out for other types of dried fruit such as apricots, dates or even figs. You could also add chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts for some crunch and texture.

For those who love apples but want to try something new, why not swap out the cinnamon apple filling with another type of fruit? Blueberries or peaches would work wonderfully and create a different flavor profile that’s perfect for the summer months.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, you could substitute traditional wheat flour with gluten-free flour or a baking mix like Bisquick. Remember to follow the recommended substitution ratios on the packaging to achieve the right consistency.

For those who prefer a creamier texture, adding sour cream or cream cheese to the batter can give your coffee cake a luxurious softness that melts in your mouth.

Finally, if you want to change up the streusel topping and make it your own, mix in some cocoa powder or espresso granules for a rich, coffee-infused crumble. You can even swap out brown sugar for white sugar for a sweeter taste or reduce it altogether if you prefer a less sweetened version.

There are so many ways to make this recipe your own, so don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different ingredient combinations!

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs candles when you can fill your home with the aroma of freshly baked apple coffee cake?
Who needs candles when you can fill your home with the aroma of freshly baked apple coffee cake?

Once your apple coffee cake is freshly baked and still warm, you can slice it up and serve it as a tasty dessert or breakfast treat. You can also pair it with a hot cup of brewed coffee or tea to create the perfect pairing.

I highly recommend brewing a fresh pot of rich, aromatic coffee to complement the sweet and warm flavors of this apple coffee cake. The coffee’s robust flavor will enhance the sweetness of the cake, which creates a delicious contrast to the slightly bitter taste of the brew.

If you want to further elevate the taste of your apple coffee cake, you can also serve it with sliced fresh apples, whipped cream or ice cream on top. These creamy toppings will add an extra layer of sweetness and texture to your dish. Additionally, adding cranberries or raisins to your toppings may give your apple coffee cake recipe an exciting twist that can please your palate.

Serving the cake with a tart fruit like fresh raspberries could also provide a wonderful balance if you’re looking for something fruity and fresh. With its mix of crunchy crust, soft fruit filled center layered over a crumbly topping, this cake is incredibly versatile; so get creative!

Whether you’re eating this hearty deliciousness in the morning early or as an afternoon indulgence snack, there are no limits for pairing it with drinks and toppings you love.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This apple coffee cake is sure to steal the show at your brunch gathering.
This apple coffee cake is sure to steal the show at your brunch gathering.

As the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” And for this apple coffee cake recipe, keeping it stored for a while just adds more deliciousness to it. If you’re planning on making this cake and serving it later, here are some tips you need to know:


If you’re pressed for time, you can make the cake in advance and store it before serving. To make sure your cake stays fresh for longer, let it cool completely after baking it. Then, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in an airtight container.


Storing the cake is really easy. You can leave it at room temperature for up to three days or store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you want to keep your cake super moist and tender, I recommend storing it in an airtight container with a slice of bread. The bread will help keep moisture inside.


Reheating is just as easy. You can reheat the whole cake or individual slices. If you’re reheating the entire cake, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Wrap the cake in aluminum foil and heat for 15-20 minutes or until warm throughout. For individual slices, microwave them for 10-20 seconds on high or place them in a preheated toaster oven for 5-10 minutes.

Just like any other food item you plan on keeping after preparing, make sure to use your best judgment before consuming any leftovers. If something seems off, discard immediately.

Now that you know how to store and reheat this delicious apple coffee cake recipe, don’t hesitate to prepare more than needed and enjoy its richness and decadence on multiple occasions!

Tips for Perfect Results

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As a barista with years of experience, I have come across a variety of coffee recipes, and I know what it takes to make an excellent cup of coffee every time. When preparing the apple coffee cake recipe, there are several tips that I would like to share that will ensure that you get the best results. Here are some of them:

Firstly, always make sure that your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them. This is especially important for the butter, eggs and sour cream as they play a significant role in the texture and flavor of the cake. Room temperature ingredients blend more uniformly and evenly than cold ones, making the cake more tender and moist.

Secondly, when mixing the dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt), it’s essential to whisk them thoroughly in a medium bowl before incorporating them into the batter. Whisking aerates the flour which helps to get rid of any lumps, creating an even texture crumb after baking.

Thirdly, pay attention to how you chop your apples to maintain uniformity in their size. Try cutting them into small cubes or slices and soaking them in lemon juice for a couple of minutes to keep them from browning during baking.

Fourthly, when making the streusel topping for your apple coffee cake recipe, try using brown sugar instead of granulated as it gives it a richer taste and enhances its texture. For an improved cinnamon flavor of your cake, add cinnamon sugar at intervals during layering or mix a little bit of cinnamon with granulated sugar in equal quantities.

Lastly, always use fresh coffee brewed just before adding it to our batter as stale coffee may lack acidity or oxidize affecting taste. You can adjust its strength according to your preference by either adding more or less depending on if you want a strong or mild flavor respectively.

By following these simple tips and recommendations concerning ingredient temperature control, thorough whisks, uniform apple sizes, adequate cinnamon flavoring and fresh coffee at the right level of strength, you are guaranteed to make an incredibly delicious apple coffee cake recipe everyone will love.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the apple coffee cake recipe is the perfect dessert for any occasion or even just a treat on a lazy day. With its mix of ingredients like apples, cinnamon, and brewed coffee, it’s sure to please any palate. And don’t forget to make use of the variations and substitutions provided in the recipe to make your own unique version of this delicious cake. Whether you’re making it ahead of time or serving it fresh out of the oven, this coffee cake is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it. So go ahead and give this recipe a try – you won’t regret it!

Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

I got this from Linda, my friend of 40 years! She has given the recipe to many people and once you try it, you'll know why. I've made it with a combo of white and whole wheat flour. I've also used applesauce in place of the oil - it still tastes great!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Bakery
Servings 1 Cake
Calories 611.6 kcal


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped apples (peeled or not)
  • 1 1 cup raisins (or combo) or 1 cup cranberries (or combo)


  • Sift dry ingredients together.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl; gradually add dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour into a greased bundt pan and bake in a preheated 350F oven for an hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 125gCalories: 611.6kcalCarbohydrates: 57.4gProtein: 6.3gFat: 41.1gSaturated Fat: 5.5gCholesterol: 42.3mgSodium: 591mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 34.1g
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