Delicious Caramel Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

Greetings, coffee lovers! As a barista and coffee enthusiast, I have had my fair share of enjoying delicious cups of coffee, from the classic cappuccino to the trendy latte art. But today, I am excited to share with you a delightful recipe that combines two of my favorite flavors – caramel and apple – in a coffee cake recipe that will take your taste buds on an adventure.

Introducing the Caramel Apple Coffee Cake Recipe! This dessert is perfect for any occasion, from a cozy breakfast with family to a sweet ending at dinner parties. Picture this: tender cinnamon cake layered with caramelized apples and streusel toppings topped off with a luscious caramel sauce making it the best fall breakfast. The cinnamon aroma mixed with the sweetness of apples and rich flavor of coffee will surely make you crave for more than just one slice.

In addition to its flavorful elements, this recipe also uses simple ingredients that can be found in most kitchens. Whether you are a seasoned baker or just starting, this recipe is easy to follow – with an extensive how-to section – so you can enjoy the mouthwatering result without any hassle.

So grab your apron and dust off your mixing bowl because we are about to embark on an exciting baking journey together. Let’s start brewing and making memories with our loved ones while relishing this Caramel Apple Coffee Cake recipe inspired by Mary Berry plus extra tips that I’ve added!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Greetings coffee lovers! As a barista, I know a good cup of coffee when I see one. But imagine a coffee that’s not only deliciously brewed, but also comes with the perfect fall flavor. That’s where the Caramel Apple Coffee Cake comes in! Trust me, you’ll love this recipe and here’s why.

Firstly, let’s talk about the flavors. Who doesn’t love the taste of apple and cinnamon? They are an unbeatable pair, especially during the fall season. The sweetness of caramel adds another layer of delectable flavor that puts this recipe over the top. The combination of the tart Granny Smith apples and brown sugar cinnamon topping make it hard to resist. You will notice just how delicious this cake is upon your first bite.

Secondly, this recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch. Imagine waking up on a crisp autumn morning with this warm cake alongside your coffee. Not only is it comforting, but it is also filling enough to keep you going throughout the day. You’ll feel like you’re indulging in a dessert but without all the guilt!

Lastly, this recipe is versatile and can be easily modified to your taste preferences. You can use margarine or butter as well as mix pecans into your streusel topping for an added crunch. Additionally, you can make a bundt cake with this same recipe or halve it to make fewer servings.

Overall, the Caramel Apple Coffee Cake recipe is a delectable fall-inspired treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s for breakfast or dessert, this recipe is guaranteed to satisfy even the toughest critic’s sweet tooth. So don’t hesitate – try out this amazing coffee cake today!

Ingredient List

“A slice of heaven, in every sense of the word!”

Now, let’s get into the heart of the recipe – the ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need to make Caramel Apple Coffee Cake:

For the Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups chopped Granny Smith Apples, peeled and cored

For the Streusel Topping:

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Caramel Sauce:

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup whole milk

I highly recommend going for freshly peeled apples and good quality butter for this recipe. The distinction in flavor between using caramel sauce from scratch versus store-bought will also make a world of difference in taste. Take my word for it!

The Recipe How-To

“The perfect Fall treat, with a caffeine kick!”

Now, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of making this exquisite Caramel Apple Coffee Cake. Follow these simple steps to bake your way to a delightful dessert!

Step 1: Prepare the Apples

First, start by preparing the apples for the filling. Peel and slice 3 large Granny Smith apples into thin pieces. In a mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix well, ensuring that all the apple slices are coated in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Step 2: Make the Cake Batter

In a separate mixing bowl, prepare the cake batter. Start with 1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Mix thoroughly before adding in 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.

Next, add in 2 large eggs and beat together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Slowly add in ¾ cup granulated sugar as you continue to mix.

Then, slowly pour in ½ cup vegetable oil, followed by a few drops of 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, while continuing to mix on low speed.

Finally, add in ¾ cup sour cream and stir with a rubber spatula until fully incorporated.

Step 3: Add in the Apples

Now we can bring together our apple mixture and our cake batter to make this delicious caramel apple packed coffee cake!

Firstly, add half of the cake batter into a pan (use a greased regular-sized loaf pan or Bundt pan). Then use half of your cinnamon-sugar-coated apple slices to layer over the batter. Afterwards, pour over caramel sauce on top of the apple slices (you can use store-bought caramel sauce or use my delicious homemade recipe from my Tips section below).

Repeat this process again: add the remaining batter, layer with the remaining apples and a drizzle of caramel sauce if you’d prefer!

Step 4: Streusel Topping & Baking

Now for the finishing touches! Sprinkle on the streusel topping (recipe below). It’s a buttery, tender cinnamon crumb that complements the caramel-apple flavors in the cake perfectly.

Next, preheat your oven to 350°F and bake the cake for approx. 50-60 minutes or until fully cooked through. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to confirm that it comes out clean before taking out the cake from the oven.

Streusel Topping Recipe

For the streusel topping, mix together 1 cup brown sugar, ½ cup all-purpose flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Add in ½ cup chopped pecans and stir well. Then, pour in melted ½ cup butter and stir until evenly mixed. It should form small clumps that resemble sand.

Substitutions and Variations

“Indulge in the taste of fresh apples, cinnamon, and caramel.”

Coffee cake is an all-time classic that can be versatile in terms of flavor and texture. In this recipe, we’ve used a crowd-pleasing combination of caramel and apple to give the cake that gooey texture with crunch from the pecans. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, there are a few substitutions and variations that you can try out to take your cake game to the next level.

For starters, if you’re not a big fan of pecans, feel free to switch them out with some chopped walnuts or almonds for an equally delicious crunch. You could also skip the nuts altogether if you prefer a smoother texture to your cakes.

If you don’t have access to Granny Smith apples, any crisp and tart apple will do. Honeycrisp or Braeburn apples will work great in this recipe too. You could even add a few thinly sliced pears along with your apples for added sweetness and complexity of flavor.

For those who are looking for a gluten-free option or want to add more protein to their cake, substitute all-purpose flour with oat flour or almond flour respectively. Gluten-free flour will result in a denser texture, but it’ll still be just as delicious as the original.

Now, let’s talk about coffee. If you love your caffeine fix as much as we do, you can replace one-third of milk quantity with brewed coffee. This variation will give your cake a subtle coffee flavor that compliments your caramel and apple flavors.

Lastly, if you want to further elevate your dessert game, serve the cake warm with ice cream on top or drizzle some salted caramel sauce over it. The possibilities of adding different sauces and toppings are endless, so feel free to experiment!

Serving and Pairing

“A coffee cake that will steal the show at any brunch.”

When it comes to serving and pairing this delicious caramel apple coffee cake, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, this cake is fantastic for breakfast or brunch, as it has the perfect mix of sweetness and warmth that makes it an excellent way to start your day. However, you can also enjoy a slice of this cake as a dessert after dinner or as an afternoon treat with your coffee.

To serve, simply cut the cake into generous slices and serve them warm. You can also pair this cake with a hot cup of coffee, tea or even a glass of cold milk if you prefer.

In my experience, this recipe goes particularly well with a cup of strong black coffee, which helps to balance the sweetness of the caramelized apples and brown sugar cinnamon streusel topping. If you’re looking for a more decadent pairing, try drizzling some salted caramel sauce over the top of your slice for an extra punch of flavor.

When it comes to presentation, consider dusting the top with some powdered sugar or adding a dollop of whipped cream on top to make it look even more appetizing. And finally, don’t forget that this recipe is perfect for sharing with friends and family – so be sure to invite them over and enjoy a slice (or two!) together.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Sweet, tangy, and absolutely delicious.”

One of the biggest advantages of this caramel apple coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, meaning you can prepare it the night before and have it ready to serve for breakfast or brunch without any fuss. It is also a wonderful recipe to store and reheat when you’re in the mood for a warm slice of cinnamon and apple goodness.

To make ahead, simply prepare the cake according to the recipe instructions, cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil, and store in the refrigerator overnight. You can either add the streusel topping before refrigerating or wait until just before baking. Just bake as directed in the morning and enjoy fresh out of the oven with a hot cup of coffee.

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. You can also place slices in a sealed container in the fridge for up to five days. This caramel apple coffee cake reheats beautifully in the microwave or oven. If you’re using a microwave, simply heat individual slices on high power for 10-15 seconds until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat slices in the oven by wrapping them in foil and baking at 350°F (180°C) for about 10 minutes.

For an extra indulgent treat, try serving this coffee cake warm with salted caramel sauce drizzled on top. The sweet and salty combination is irresistible! With these make-ahead, storing, and reheating tips, you can enjoy this delicious caramel apple coffee cake anytime you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Wake up to the smell of this delectable caramel apple coffee cake!”

Ah, the smell of fresh coffee and baked treats permeates the air, and I know what that means – it’s time to make the Caramel Apple coffee cake. Here are some tips that will take your coffee cake from good to oh-so-goooood!

Firstly, an important tip is to properly grease the pan or bundt cake tin before baking. It’s important to use unsalted butter instead of margarine or vegetable oil spray, which can lead to a sticky cake bottom. Also, place parchment paper on the bottom of your baking dish for easy cake removal.

Secondly, to get a moist and tender cinnamon cake batter we recommend using sour cream in the recipe along with butter. Adding sour cream adds richness and a slight tanginess that pairs well with the sweet caramel sauce.

Thirdly, for the best caramel sauce add salt to balance out the sweetness. A teaspoon of salt added to one cup of granulated sugar will create a perfect balance between savory and sweet flavors. Alternatively, you can also top it off with brown sugar-cinnamon streusel topping and chopped pecans for a nutty finish.

Fourthly, make sure your Granny Smith apples are thinly sliced so they cook evenly and caramelize nicely in the oven. Sprinkle them with lemon juice to prevent browning. If you prefer your apples diced or chopped, be sure not to make them too small as they will turn to mush during the baking process.

Lastly, let your cake cool down completely before adding any toppings – this keeps everything from melting into an unappetizing gooey mess. And if you want to avoid leftovers going stale, wrap tightly in aluminum foil or cling wrap before refrigerating overnight.

These are my go-to tips for an amazing caramel apple coffee cake experience. Feel free to experiment with different ingredient combinations mentioned in the recipe article section (5) Substitutions and Variations to make it your own!


As a barista, I understand the importance of answering frequently asked questions when it comes to making coffee. The same is true for making a delicious Caramel Apple Coffee Cake. In this section, I will provide answers to some commonly asked questions about this recipe. These answers will help you troubleshoot any issues that may arise as you bring this delightful cake to life. So let’s dive in!

How do you increase the flavor of coffee in a cake?

As a barista, I would love to share some tips to infuse your baked goods with a delightful coffee flavor. There are a few ways to achieve this. Firstly, using instant espresso powder is the easiest route to take. However, I would suggest going the extra mile by adding brewed coffee to the batter, as it adds depth and dimension to the flavor profile of the baked good.

For those looking to take their coffee-infused baked goods to the next level, a mocha swirl is a great addition. This can be achieved by mixing chocolate and brewed coffee together and swirling it into the batter. The combination of these flavors is divine!

Don’t forget about the crumb topping, as coffee can be added here as well. Simply mix in some espresso powder or brewed coffee into the crumb mixture for a rich and aromatic result.

Finally, to really impress your taste buds, finish it off with a boozy latte glaze. This can be made by mixing brewed coffee, milk, and a little bit of liqueur such as Baileys or Kahlua together. This will give your baked good a delicious boozy kick that will make your taste buds dance!

Overall, infusing your baked goods with coffee is an excellent way to take them to the next level. With these easy tips and tricks, you’re sure to impress your friends and family with your newfound barista skills in the kitchen.

What makes coffee cake different?

Coffee cake is a delicious single-layer cake that has a delightful cinnamon flavor and a tasty streusel topping. The streusel, made from flour, sugar, and butter, can be either used as a topping or incorporated as a filling. A popular variation of coffee cake is one that includes blueberries.

How to make a Mary Berry coffee cake?

To prepare a delectable coffee and walnut cake, you will require 100g/3½oz of softened unsalted butter, extra for greasing the baking tray, 100g/3½oz of caster sugar, 2 large free-range eggs, 100g/3½oz of self-raising flour, 1 level tsp of baking powder, 50g/1¾oz of chopped walnuts, and 1 tablespoon of coffee essence.

How to make apple cake Mary Berry?

For this recipe, we’re going to need some baking spread straight from the fridge, weighing around 225g/8oz, as well as a little extra for greasing the pan. Additionally, we’ll require the same amount of caster sugar and self-raising flour, along with a teaspoon of baking powder. Make sure to have four large free-range eggs beaten and 2 eating apples peeled, cored and grated, ready to use. Lastly, we’ll need some icing sugar for dusting the final product.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Caramel Apple Coffee Cake Recipe is a delightful treat for any time of day. Whether you’re serving it as a breakfast cake or a dessert, it’s sure to please all palates. The moist and fluffy cake layer, combined with the crunchy streusel topping and the sweet-and-tangy caramelized apples, create a perfect harmony of flavors and textures. Plus, the recipe allows for plenty of substitution and variation, so you can customize it to your liking.

As a barista, I highly recommend trying this recipe at home and impressing your friends and family with your baking skills. Don’t be intimidated by the ingredients list; everything is easy to find and measure out. And if you follow the tips and tricks that I provided in this article, you’ll have no trouble making a perfect Caramel Apple Coffee Cake.

So go ahead, indulge in this fall-inspired goodness, and savor every bite. And if you’re feeling generous, share some with your barista the next time you stop by their shop. After all, we love coffee-inspired treats just as much as we love brewing coffee creations for our customers.

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

This delicious cake goes great with coffee.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 723.3 kcal


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups chopped peeled apples
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans


  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt


  • In a mixing bowl, beat eggs until foamy; gradually add sugar. Blend in oil and vanilla.
  • Combine flour, salt and baking soda; add to egg mixture. Stir in apples and pecans.
  • Pour into a greased 10-in. tube pan; bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the cake tests done.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cake to a serving platter.
  • For topping, combine all ingredients in a saucepan; boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Slowly pour over warm cake (some topping will run down onto the serving plate.).

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 134gCalories: 723.3kcalCarbohydrates: 81.2gProtein: 6gFat: 43.2gSaturated Fat: 9.5gCholesterol: 67.5mgSodium: 405.8mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 54.9g
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