Delicious Apple Pie Coffee Cake Recipe – A Sweet Treat

Welcome to my kitchen and to the wonderful world of coffee and apple pie! Although I am not a pastry chef, I have learned to appreciate the art of baking over the years. One of my go-to desserts when I want something comforting and satisfying has always been apple pie. The combination of warm and spicy cinnamon, sweet and tangy apples, and buttery crust is just too good to resist.

But sometimes, making a full pie can seem daunting or time-consuming. That’s where this apple pie coffee cake recipe comes in. It’s an easy way to enjoy all the delicious flavors of apple pie in a simpler, yet equally delicious form.

In this recipe, we combine classic coffee cake batter with juicy canned apple pie filling, spiced up with our own cinnamon mixture. The result is a tender, moist cake with layers of sweet apple flavor that never fail to impress.

Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast treat or a crowd-pleaser dessert, this cake recipe is perfect. So put on your apron, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and get ready to create a delicious masterpiece that will delight your senses with every bite.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apple Pie Coffee Cake
Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Are you tired of the same old coffee cake recipe? Do you want to try something new and exciting? Look no further than this delicious Apple Pie Coffee Cake recipe!

The combination of apple pie filling with the traditional coffee cake is a match made in heaven. It’s a perfect balance of sweetness that will leave you craving for more. With every bite, you’ll taste the warm cinnamon and brown sugar that compliments the flavor of apples.

What makes this recipe even better is its versatility. You can switch up the type of pie filling or add chopped walnuts to create an even more flavorful experience. Plus, it’s easy to make since it requires only a few simple ingredients, which you likely already have in your pantry.

Another benefit of this recipe is that it’s a low-fat option. With canola oil and fat-free sour cream as key ingredients, you won’t have any regrets indulging in a slice or two.

Imagine serving this coffee cake for breakfast or brunch with family and friends, and seeing their faces light up with delight as they take their first bite. The aroma of baked apples will fill your kitchen and make everyone feel at home.

In conclusion, if you want to step up your coffee cake game, give this Apple Pie Coffee Cake recipe a try. Its delicious taste, simplicity in preparation, health benefits, and versatility will make it your next go-to dessert or breakfast for any occasion!

Ingredient List

 Sink your teeth into this warm and comforting apple pie coffee cake.
Sink your teeth into this warm and comforting apple pie coffee cake.

Let’s talk ingredients! This Apple Pie Coffee Cake recipe will require a handful of pantry staple items as well as a few fresh ones that can easily be found at your local grocery store. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

For the Coffee Cake:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 apples, diced into small pieces (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp works best)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon to coat the apples

For the Streusel Topping:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream

Make sure you have these ingredients on hand before starting this recipe. If you don’t have some of these items, don’t worry! There are substitutions and variations that can be made to accommodate different preferences and dietary restrictions.

The Recipe How-To

 Our apple pie coffee cake's warm, spice-filled aroma is sure to fill your home with cozy vibes.
Our apple pie coffee cake’s warm, spice-filled aroma is sure to fill your home with cozy vibes.

Now that we’ve covered the necessary ingredients, let’s dive into how to make this delicious apple pie coffee cake. Follow these easy steps and get ready to indulge in a rich and flavorful coffee cake that will satisfy your cravings.

Step 1: Preheat oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). This allows your oven enough time to heat up while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

Step 2: Mix Cake Batter

– Cake mix
– Brown sugar cinnamon mix
– Flour
– Baking powder
– Eggs
– Fat-free sour cream

In a mixing bowl, combine one box of white cake mix, one cup of flour, three-quarters of a cup of packed brown sugar cinnamon mix, and two teaspoons of baking powder. Mix these ingredients together using a whisk or fork. In another bowl whisk 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of canola oil, and 1 1/2 cups of low-fat milk until combined. Add the liquid mixture and a half cup of fat free sour cream to the dry ingredients mixture. Whisk everything together until it forms a smooth batter.

Step 3: Make Apple Pie Filling

– Canned apple pie filling
– Ground cinnamon

In a small mixing bowl, combine one can of apple pie filling and two teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Set it aside.

Step 4: Assemble Coffee Cake

Grease your pan with butter or cooking spray so that the cake mix won’t stick to it (I love using a bundt pan for prepping this cake!). Spread half the cake batter onto your prepared pan. Add the apple pie filling on top and spread it evenly over the batter. Then add and spread the other half of the remaining cake batter on top of the filling.

Step 5: Make Streusel Topping

– Flour
– Granulated sugar
– Brown sugar
– Ground cinnamon
– Unsalted butter

In a small mixing bowl, mix together three-quarters of a cup of flour, a half cup of granulated sugar, a half cup of packed brown sugar, and two teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Add in a half cup or one stick of unsalted butter, softened and mix until it forms a crumble-like consistency. Thoroughly mix in a half cup of chopped walnuts – this brings an extra texture and nutty flavor to your streusel topping. Set aside.

Step 6: Layer Streusel Topping & Bake

Evenly sprinkle the streusel topping over the cake batter. Place your pan in the oven and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with no visible batter

Substitutions and Variations

 Take a bite of fall flavors with this apple pie coffee cake.
Take a bite of fall flavors with this apple pie coffee cake.

As a barista, I know how important it is to be flexible and creative in the kitchen. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to switch things up with this Apple Pie Coffee Cake recipe, don’t hesitate! Here are some substitution and variation ideas that will help you make the recipe perfect for your taste buds.

– Low-Fat Milk: If you don’t have any low-fat milk on hand, you can always use regular milk or even almond milk as a substitute. It won’t taste exactly the same, but it will still work in the recipe.

– Pie Filling: If you’re not a fan of apple pie filling, you can always switch it up with some canned apple filling or even some red apples. This will give the cake a different flavor profile without compromising its integrity.

– Sour Cream: Fat-free sour cream works well for this recipe, but if you’re feeling indulgent, feel free to use regular sour cream. You could even try using Greek yogurt if you’d like.

– Butter: Unsalted butter is used in this recipe, but if you only have salted butter at home, that will work too. Just be sure to reduce the amount of salt in the recipe so it doesn’t turn out too salty.

– Streusel Topping: Betty Crocker Bisquick would make for an easy apple crumble topping substitute.

So, don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative with your ingredients! Remember that every substitution will give the cake a different twist and allow you to literally have your cake and eat it too!

Serving and Pairing

 That's right, apple pie and coffee cake have finally merged.
That’s right, apple pie and coffee cake have finally merged.

Serving and pairing are essential components of a great culinary experience. When it comes to this apple pie coffee cake recipe, our aim is to create a perfect harmony of flavors that is both delightful and flavorful.

This delicious apple pie coffee cake perfectly complements a cup of hot coffee, tea or even a glass of milk. It’s an excellent breakfast item to enjoy on days when you are feeling indulgent or as dessert after dinner.

To add an extra layer of decadence, I recommend serving this cake with freshly whipped cream. The cream provides balance to the sweet notes of the apple pie filling and cinnamon crumble. Furthermore, top with chopped walnuts adds an extra crunch to this delightful dessert.

Are you hosting a brunch or a holiday party? This apple pie coffee cake is easy to make in advance, so no need to worry about last-minute preparation when your guests arrive. Serve straight out of the oven with your favorite beverage for an unforgettable dessert experience.

If you want to pair this coffee cake with other beverages, consider serving it alongsidenapple cinnamon coffee for flavor enhancers. You can try adding canned apple filling or a tart homemade apple crumble to the included filling if you’re looking for variations to compliment the apple pie flavors in this recipe.

In conclusion, this delectable apple pie coffee cake is best enjoyed alongside a well-matched complementing beverage and served warm with the perfect amounts of toppings to bring out all the flavors in the cake.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 If apple pie and coffee cake had a baby, it would be this delicious creation.
If apple pie and coffee cake had a baby, it would be this delicious creation.

Now that you’ve baked the perfect apple pie coffee cake, you may be wondering if you can make it ahead of time, store the leftovers, and reheat them later. The good news is that this cake is very versatile and can be prepared in advance to save time.

To make-ahead, you can bake the apple pie coffee cake up to 24 hours before serving. Allow the cake to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container or wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap. Keep it at room temperature until you’re ready to serve it.

When storing leftovers, you want to make sure they stay fresh and delicious for as long as possible. The apple pie coffee cake can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For best results, cover tightly with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container.

When reheating leftovers, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you’re reheating individual slices of cake, simply pop them into the microwave for about 15-30 seconds. If you’re reheating the entire cake, preheat your oven to 350°F and bake for 10-15 minutes until heated through.

If you’re making this recipe for a party or gathering, you can even freeze it ahead of time. Just wrap tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil before storing in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Remember that while the apple pie coffee cake is incredibly delicious fresh out of the oven, it tastes just as good reheated later on. So don’t hesitate to make this recipe ahead of time or save any leftovers for later enjoyment!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect pairing of coffee and apple pie in one warm and inviting cake.
The perfect pairing of coffee and apple pie in one warm and inviting cake.

Creating the perfect coffee cake can be tricky, but with some expert tips and tricks, you’ll be on your way to a delicious apple pie coffee cake in no time. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your cake turns out perfect every time.

Firstly, it’s important to use the correct ingredients in the right amounts. In this recipe, make sure you measure everything precisely, from the 3 cups of purpose flour to the 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Even a slight deviation can significantly affect the texture and flavor of your cake.

Secondly, when preparing the streusel topping, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon thoroughly before adding in the chopped walnuts. This ensures that each bite will have the perfect balance of sweetness and crunch.

Thirdly, incorporate both low-fat milk and fat-free sour cream into your batter instead of using full-fat versions. Doing so will create a lighter and healthier version of this coffee cake without sacrificing any taste.

Fourthly, use red apples when creating your apple pie filling for added color and flavor. Canned apple filling is perfectly fine to use if you’re running short on time, but fresh fruit will always give you the best results.

Fifthly, be sure to properly preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and take care not to overbake your cake. Overbaking can dry out your cake or make it tough, so check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in multiple places until it comes out clean.

Lastly, let your finished coffee cake cool down for at least 15 minutes before cutting into it; this prevents melting frosting or sticky crumbs on your knife. Be sure to serve your slices warm with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea for an excellent pairing.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can ensure that every slice of this easy apple pie coffee cake is irresistible!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this delicious and easy-to-make apple pie coffee cake recipe is perfect for anyone who loves both apple pie and coffee cake. With its moist and tender crumb, spicy cinnamon aroma, and rich apple pie filling, this cake is sure to please your taste buds and impress your guests.

Whether you’re looking for a tasty breakfast treat, a satisfying dessert, or a comforting snack, this apple pie coffee cake is an excellent choice. And with convenient make-ahead, storing, and reheating options, you can enjoy it anytime you want.

So don’t wait any longer, grab the ingredients and get baking! You won’t be disappointed. Experiment with substitutions and variations to make it entirely yours. Trust me; you’ll find yourself making this recipe time after time.

Remember to follow my tips on using low-fat milk or fat-free sour cream to keep the recipe low in fat while still remaining delicious. If you want an even sweeter taste, dust some confectioners’ sugar over the coffee cake before serving.

As a barista, I recommend pairing our apple pie coffee cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee or a cold glass of milk for the ultimate comfort food experience. So let’s enjoy this delicious recipe together and take breaks filled with flavor!

Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Apple Pie Coffee Cake Recipe

I THINK this is from an early edition of Light&Tasty -but my copied page is faded. There are many possible variations, made the same way - such as yellow cake mix and peach pie filling, or chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling - which I have not tried, since I LOVE the apple/spice. In preparing the bundt pan, I always use Baker's Joy spray (with flour) or Pam For Baking, and never have a problem with release. It is very easy, and packable in lunches.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cake
Calories 281.7 kcal


  • 18 1/4 ounces spice cake mix
  • 1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons low-fat milk


  • Set aside 1 Tblsp. cake mix.
  • Set aside 1-1/2 cups pie filling.
  • In mixing bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, water, oil, extract, remaining cake mix, and remaining pie filling.
  • Beat on med. speed for 2 minutes.
  • Pour 1/2 batter into 10 inch bundt pan, coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and reserved cake mix.
  • Sprinkle over batter.
  • Spoon reserved pie filling over batter, to within 3/4 of edges.
  • Top with remaining batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, until toothpick inserted near center comes out clesn.
  • Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack.
  • Turn cake upright, on rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients.
  • Drizzle over cooled cake, on plate from which it is to be served.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 119gCalories: 281.7kcalCarbohydrates: 48.9gProtein: 3.7gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 41.1mgSodium: 289.6mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 31.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Apple, Beginner Cook, Breads, Brunch, Easy, For Large Groups, Fruit, Grains, Healthy, Lunch, Potluck
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