Mouth-Watering Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

In a world filled with stressful situations, what better way to unwind than with the delightful combination of apples and cream cheese in a coffee cake? This apple-topped cream cheese coffee cake recipe is the ultimate comfort dessert that will truly satisfy your sweet tooth.

As a barista, I have learned that coffee and cakes go together like peanut butter and jelly – they complement each other perfectly. Nothing beats the comforting aroma of cinnamon and brown sugar, it’s like a warm hug on a brisk day.

If you’re looking to impress your guests or create a decadent after-dinner treat, then look no further! This cake has an unexpected layer of rich cream cheese filling, a simple yet scrumptious streusel crumb topping, and is topped with fresh, juicy apples – making it the perfect combination of tart and sweet flavors.

So go ahead, enjoy a slice (or two) of this delicious cinnamon apple coffee cake with a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee. Sit back, relax, and savor the moment. Trust me – this cake will be your new favorite comfort food in no time!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apple-Topped Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
Apple-Topped Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Looking for an easy yet satisfying recipe that would make your taste buds dance with delight? Look no further, as I present to you the best apple-topped cream cheese coffee cake recipe that will simply blow your mind!

This delicious coffee cake is a perfect balance of moist cake, creamy filling, and crunchy crumb topping. The simple streusel crumb topping combined with the creamy cheese filling makes it a mouth-watering treat that is hard to resist. But what really sets this cake apart is the delicious cinnamon apple layer surprise in the middle of every slice. Talk about heavenly!

If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert recipe that can easily please your guests or you want a great addition to your afternoon tea, this cake is perfect for all occasions. It’s also a great way to start off your day with a hot cup of coffee and delicious cinnamon apple coffee cake.

But what makes this recipe even better is how simple it is to prepare. All the ingredients are easily available in any store, and preparation takes only around 20 minutes. Just put everything together, toss it into the oven, and voila! You have the best ever cinnamon apple coffee cake right before your eyes.

So if you’re looking for a sweet yet tangy treat that will take your baking skills to the next level, give this delicious cinnamon apple coffee cake a try! You’ll love how easy it is to make, and how incredibly satisfying it tastes.

Ingredient List

 Slice of sweet delight
Slice of sweet delight

Let’s Gather the Ingredients

Here is a list of all the ingredients you will need to turn out our best ever apple-topped cream cheese coffee cake recipe:

For the Cake Batter:

  • All-purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Butter (softened) – 1 stick (1/2 cup)
  • White sugar – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 2
  • Sour cream – 3/4 cup

For the Delicious Cinnamon-Apple Layer Filling:

  • Fresh lemon juice – 2 tablespoons
  • Brown sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Ground cinnamon – 2 teaspoons
  • Apples (peeled and sliced) – 4 cups

For the Simple Streusel Crumb Topping:

  • All-purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Brown sugar- 1/4 cup
  • Ground cinnamon-1 teaspoon
  • Half-and-half cream – 1/4 cup (or milk if preferred)
  • Butter (softened) – 1 stick (1/2 cup)

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • Cream cheese (softened) – 8 ounces (or one package)
  • White sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons

For the Apple-Cinnamon Coffee Cake Glaze:

  • Confectioner’s sugar- 1 cup
  • Milk- as needed
  • Caramel sauce (optional topping)

Make sure you have all your ingredients on hand before making this apple cream cheese coffee cake recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 A bite of heaven in every slice
A bite of heaven in every slice

The Recipe How-To

Now comes the exciting part! We are going to create this delicious apple-topped cream cheese coffee cake that will be sure to impress your family and friends. Follow this step-by-step guide and you will have a scrumptious dessert in no time.

Preheat The Oven and Prep the Pan

First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and get an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan. Grease the baking pan with cooking spray or butter.

Make the Streusel Topping

This delicious cinnamon apple coffee cake has a surprise layer of cream cheese filling hidden inside, simple streusel crumb topping, and is topped off with sliced apples.

To make the streusel, in a medium-sized bowl mix together 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. 1/4 cup softened butter needs to be added into the mixture so it becomes crumbly.

Create the Cream Cheese Filling

In a separate bowl, mix together 8 oz softened cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup white sugar, and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice until fluffy.

Mix the Cake Batter

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

In another bowl whisk together 2 eggs, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until light and fluffy.

Add the dry ingredients to this mixture just until combined. Slowly mix in 1 cup milk (or half-and-half cream if you want a richer taste).

Assemble the Cake Layers

Now that we have everything ready for our cake, it’s time to put all the layers together. Pour half of the cake batter into the greased baking pan. Then spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the batter.

Gently spoon over the remaining batter and spread it with a spoon so that it covers all sides.

Add the Toppings

Finally, we have reached the best part: adding our delicious toppings! Take your prepared and crumbly streusel and sprinkle it overtop of the cake. Arrange 2 cups of peeled sliced apples overtop of the streusel.

Bake The Cake

Put your masterpiece in the preheated oven and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean after being inserted in the center.

Wait and Frost

Once ready, remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, make your delightful cream cheese glaze by mixing together 1 cup powdered sugar, 4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and 2 oz softened cream cheese. Drizzle this overtop of your cooled

Substitutions and Variations

 An apple a day keeps the hunger at bay
An apple a day keeps the hunger at bay

Do you want to add your own twist to this delicious Coffee Cake recipe? Here are some easy substitutions and variations that you can try for an even more flavorful experience.

First, you can switch things up by using different types of apples, such as Honeycrisp or Granny Smith, for a unique flavor profile. If you prefer a sweeter taste, sprinkle some brown sugar or caramel sauce on top of your slices.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with the filling! I recommend adding some nuts like walnuts or pecans for a crunchy texture. You could also incorporate dried cranberries or raisins for a pop of color and sweetness. Or, try swapping the cream cheese filling with a layer of sweetened sour cream for a tangier taste.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, swap out the all-purpose flour for almond flour or oat flour. Making this change will make the cake denser and more moist. For dairy-free folks, use vegan cream cheese and butter substitutes such as coconut oil.

For those who prefer less sweetness in their coffee cake, reduce the amount of sugar in both the batter and topping.

No matter what variation you choose, don’t forget to sprinkle some cinnamon on top for that classic apple-cinnamon flavor. And always remember – feel free to experiment! Because at the end of the day, the best recipes are those that are customized by personal preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 Creamy and dreamy cake for a perfect day
Creamy and dreamy cake for a perfect day

As a barista, I believe that the best way to serve this delicious cinnamon apple coffee cake is with… well, coffee of course! It’s a natural match made in heaven. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee combined with the warm and inviting scents of cinnamon, sugar and apples will stimulate your senses and make your taste buds sing.

I suggest serving this cake as a dessert or a special brunch treat. The beautiful apple topping makes a lovely presentation and is sure to impress guests, but it’s also just as good sliced up and served with a cup of coffee on a quiet morning.

For a classic pairing, I recommend brewing up a pot of fresh black coffee or espresso. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to add some pizzazz to your beverage, try making a caramel apple latte by combining hot milk, espresso shots, caramel sauce, apple juice and cinnamon. It’s like having your dessert and coffee all in one!

And if coffee isn’t your thing, try pairing this cake with your favorite tea or hot chocolate for an equally cozy treat.

Overall, this cinnamon apple coffee cake is perfect for any occasion whether it’s a fancy dinner party or just an afternoon snack. Its warm, comforting flavors are sure to brighten up any day. So go ahead, indulge in this heavenly cake and savor every delicious bite with your favorite hot beverage!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A delectable treat for coffee dates
A delectable treat for coffee dates

As a barista, I’ve seen many people devouring this delicious cinnamon apple coffee cake in moments. However, sometimes you need to prepare ahead of time and store it for later. Luckily, this caramel apple dessert is perfect for make-ahead and reheating.

To make the most of this recipe, I highly recommend preparing it 1-2 days in advance. This will give the cream cheese filling and simple streusel crumb topping extra time to settle into the cake layers. Once cooled to room temperature, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or an airtight container to preserve its freshness.

The beauty of this apple cream cheese coffee cake recipe is that it can easily be reheated for a fresh-out-of-the-oven taste. One option is reheating individual slices in the microwave at full power for 20-30 seconds. The other option is heating up room temperature slices in the oven. Simply preheat your oven to 325°F and allow your cake slices to heat through for about 10 minutes.

If you have any leftovers after reheating, don’t worry! You can store the apple topped cream cheese coffee cake in an airtight container with a slice of bread placed on top of the cake. This will help lock in moisture and keep your cake fresh for up to five days.

So go ahead and make this delicious cinnamon apple coffee cake recipe ahead of time and enjoy it anytime you like!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A perfect combination of fruit and cheese
A perfect combination of fruit and cheese

Creating a delicious and visually appealing apple-topped cream cheese coffee cake requires careful attention to detail. Here are some key tips that will help you achieve perfect results:

First, make sure to use room temperature ingredients. This includes butter, eggs, and cream cheese. By allowing these items to come to room temperature, it will be easier to mix them together and create a smooth batter.

Secondly, when mixing your dry ingredients, it is important not to overmix the batter. Overmixing can lead to a tough and dry cake. In addition, when measuring flour, spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level with a knife, rather than packing it in tightly, which can also affect the texture of the cake.

Thirdly, if you want your cake to have a moist and tender crumb, consider adding a tablespoon or two of sour cream or yogurt to your batter. This helps keep moisture locked into the cake during baking.

Fourthly, be sure to use fresh apples for your topping. While it may be tempting to use pre-sliced apples from the store, fresh sliced apples hold their shape better and give a more crisp bite.

Next, for a picture-perfect presentation, arrange apple slices on top of the cake in a decorative pattern. The more intricate the design, the greater the visual appeal.

Finally, be creative and add your own twists to the recipe. For instance, try swapping out the apples for other fruits like pears or berries. Additionally, experiment with different types of fillings such as chocolate or caramel.

By following these tips and infusing your own creativity into this delicious cinnamon apple coffee cake recipe, you’re sure to end up with a crowd-pleasing dessert that no one will be able to resist!

Bottom Line

As a barista, I know the importance of a good cup of coffee and a delicious treat to go with it. That’s why I recommend trying out this Apple-Topped Cream Cheese Coffee Cake recipe. With its perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess, this cake is sure to delight your taste buds and satisfy your cravings.

Whether you want to enjoy it with your morning coffee or as an after-dinner dessert, this cake is versatile enough to fit any occasion. Impress your friends and family with this easy-to-follow recipe, which requires minimal effort and yields impressive results.

And don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions. You can mix and match different types of fruit – like pears or blueberries – for a unique twist on the classic recipe. Or try adding a drizzle of caramel or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for an extra special treat.

In the end, the possibilities are endless when it comes to this tasty cake recipe. So go ahead, give it a try and discover why so many people consider it one of the best ever!

Apple-Topped Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Apple-Topped Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

Buttery and moist with a topping of cinnamon, sugar and apples!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 339.5 kcal


  • 4 cups apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk or 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons flour


  • Set the oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  • Dip apple slices in lemon juice to coat; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the butter and cream cheese; add in the sugar, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in the almond extract.
  • In a bowl; sift/mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture; mix well after each addition.
  • Pour the batter into prepared baking pan.
  • Combine the 1/2 cup sugar, 2 Tbsp flour and the cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Toss the apple slices in the flour/cinnamon mixture, tossing lightly to coat well.
  • Arrange the apple slices evenly on top of the batter in the pan.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes.

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Serving: 131gCalories: 339.5kcalCarbohydrates: 47.2gProtein: 4.6gFat: 15.4gSaturated Fat: 8.9gCholesterol: 72.9mgSodium: 274.9mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 30.1g
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