Delicious Dutch Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

Welcome to the world of Dutch Apple Coffee Cake, where the aroma of cinnamon and nuts fill your senses. This cake is a perfect blend of tender apple slices, streusel topping, and warm spices that will keep you coming back for more. The Pennsylvania Dutch-inspired creation is a staple in many bakeries for a reason. It’s delicious!

If you love apple pie, then this cake will quickly become one of your favourites as it delivers all the apple flavours packed in a crumbly cake form. I believe that sharing food can be joyful and that baking a great cake is something deeply satisfying. You don’t have to be an experienced baker to whip up this recipe correctly. However, If you’re looking to impress your friends or family with your baking skills, this recipe does not disappoint.

Trust me; once you try this Dutch Apple Coffee Cake Recipe, the baking bug will bite you hard! So grab your aprons and let us begin baking some magical delights for ourselves and loved ones.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dutch Apple Coffee Cake
Dutch Apple Coffee Cake

You’ll love this Dutch Apple Coffee Cake recipe because it’s an irresistible combination of everything you want in a delicious coffee cake. The cake is moist and fluffy, filled with tangy Granny Smith apples and crunchy hazelnuts, paired with a buttery and perfectly spiced streusel topping. It’s the ultimate comfort food for breakfast, brunch or any time you want a sweet treat that’s easy to make but doesn’t compromise on flavor.

This coffee cake is not only delicious, but also versatile. You can serve it as a breakfast treat, dessert, or even snack. Its apple cinnamon flavors are perfect for autumn or winter holidays or whenever you’re craving a warm piece of apple pie in a mug. This Dutch Apple Coffee Cake will charm your guests and be the centerpiece of any gathering.

Moreover, this recipe allows for personalization and alterations with your own desired ingredients to make it your own. For example, add some shredded Gouda cheese to the crumble topping for an extra savory twist or swap out the hazelnuts for chopped walnuts if that’s what you prefer.

Finally, the recipe is easy to follow, making baking this coffee cake less daunting even for those new to baking. Don’t worry about making mistakes; simply read through the instructions thoroughly and keep in mind the tips and recommendations shared later in this recipe article.

So go ahead and try this Dutch Apple Coffee Cake! Not only will it fill your home with delightful smells while baking, but it will create lasting memories in your taste buds as well.

Ingredient List

 Perfectly baked layers of cinnamon-infused coffee cake nestled between caramelized apples and a crumbly streusel topping.
Perfectly baked layers of cinnamon-infused coffee cake nestled between caramelized apples and a crumbly streusel topping.

Get ready to fill your pantry

This Dutch Apple Coffee Cake Recipe boasts a great deal of flavor and texture thanks to its apples, hazelnuts, and demerara sugar. Here’s a full list of the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups extra finely granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon apple pie spice
  • 8 oz (1 cup) unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar
  • Streusel Topping:
    • 2 cups purpose flour
    • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup hazelnuts chopped
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
      -3 tsp cinnamon apple pie spice

Be sure to double-check your ingredient list before starting. It’s important to get the right amounts for each item in order to obtain a perfect balance of flavors within the cake.

The Recipe How-To

 Each slice of this Dutch Apple Coffee Cake is like a warm embrace on a chilly morning.
Each slice of this Dutch Apple Coffee Cake is like a warm embrace on a chilly morning.

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to make this delicious Dutch Apple Coffee Cake. Follow these easy steps to create a perfect cake every time:

Step 1: Make the Streusel Crumble Topping

  1. In a medium bowl, mix 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 1/2 cup of demerara sugar and 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour.
  2. Mix them with a fork until moist clumps form, then add 1/2 cup of hazelnuts chopped coarsely.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Step 2: Make the Cake Batter

  1. In a large bowl, cream together 8 oz of unsalted butter at room temperature and 1 1/2 cups of extra finely granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, and finally mix in 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon apple pie spice and a pinch of salt.
  4. Alternately add the flour mixture and 3/4 cup of light sour cream to the butter mixture in thirds, starting and ending with the flour mixture, beating well after each addition.

Step 3: Assemble The Cake

  1. Spread half the batter on the bottom of a greased bundt pan.
  2. Layer thinly sliced Granny Smith apples plenty over the top so that they cover most of the batter.
  3. Sprinkle with reserved streusel crumble topping.
  4. Then pour over remaining half batter.
  5. Top with more apple slices and streusel crumble.

Step 4: Baking Time

  1. Bake the cake for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  2. Let the cake cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before removing from the pan.

Step 5: Final Touches

  1. Serve it warm or room temperature and dust with powdered sugar.
  2. For an extra decadent touch, whip up some heavy cream and serve it alongside the cake.

Now that you have mastered this recipe, you can enjoy delicious Dutch Apple Coffee Cake. Experiment with different substitutions and play around with variations to create your very own perfect cake every time.

Substitutions and Variations

 Elevate your brunch game with this delicious coffee cake that combines the best of Dutch and American flavors.
Elevate your brunch game with this delicious coffee cake that combines the best of Dutch and American flavors.

Are you looking to put your own spin on the Dutch Apple Coffee Cake recipe? Here are some substitution and variation ideas for you to try out.

– Swap out the hazelnuts for walnuts or pecans. Any nut with a bit of crunch will work well in this recipe.

– If you don’t have demerara sugar, brown sugar can be used instead. While it may change the texture slightly, it will still provide that rich sweetness that makes coffee cake so delicious.

– Want a savory twist on this dessert? Try adding chunks of Gouda cheese to the streusel topping. It adds a salty note that pairs well with the tartness of the apples.

– Granny Smith apples are recommended for this recipe as they hold up well during baking and add a great balance to the sweetness of the cake. However, feel free to experiment with other apple varieties such as Honeycrisp or Pink Lady.

– Vanilla extract can be substituted for other flavors such as almond extract or even a touch of rum extract for an extra kick.

– For a gluten-free version of this recipe, swap all-purpose flour with almond flour and baking powder with gluten-free baking powder. However, keep in mind that the texture may differ slightly.

Remember, experimentation is key when it comes to baking. Don’t be afraid to try new things and make this recipe your own.

Serving and Pairing

 Sweet and tart apple slices are a match made in heaven with the buttery and nutty notes of this dessert.
Sweet and tart apple slices are a match made in heaven with the buttery and nutty notes of this dessert.

Now that you have made this delicious Dutch Apple Coffee Cake, you are going to want to serve and pair it perfectly. This cake can be served either warm or at room temperature. It is ideal for breakfast, brunch or as a dessert.

You can pair this cake with a wide range of beverages. A hot cup of coffee, hazelnut or cinnamon coffee would be perfect with it, enhancing the flavor and aroma of the apple crumb cake. If coffee is not your thing, tea lovers can try pairing it with a cup of light tea such as Earl Grey, English breakfast or Chamomile tea.

For cheese enthusiasts, serving the cake with sliced Gouda cheese would be a great idea, as the sharpness of the cheese pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the coffee cake. The nutty flavor of hazelnuts serves as an excellent complement, sprinkle some roasted hazelnuts on top of the cake before serving for an extra crunch.

If you prefer something sweeter, consider pairing it with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or caramel sauce. Or you could turn it into an apple crisp by adding more butter and oats to the streusel topping.

This Dutch Apple Coffee Cake is also perfect on its own without any accompaniments. The apples in this cake make it moist and juicy enough to hold its ground on any occasion.

In conclusion, serving and pairing this cake is as easy as baking it. You can choose from a variety of options that suits your taste buds or try something new for an ultimate flavor experience. No matter how you choose to serve it, everyone will love a slice of this delicious coffee cake!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The aroma of cinnamon and vanilla wafting from the oven as this cake bakes is out of this world.
The aroma of cinnamon and vanilla wafting from the oven as this cake bakes is out of this world.

If you don’t plan on devouring the entire Dutch Apple Coffee Cake right away (and honestly, we wouldn’t blame you if you did), this recipe can easily be made ahead of time and stored for later. To make ahead, simply bake the cake as directed, allow it to cool completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.

To reheat, remove the cake from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the cake for about 10-15 minutes until it’s lightly warmed through. Alternatively, you can slice a piece of cake and warm it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

If you prefer your coffee cake served warm but don’t want to go through the hassle of reheating individual slices, consider investing in a warming tray or plate warmer to keep the entire cake at a comfortable temperature.

When it comes to storing leftovers after you’ve enjoyed a few bites from this delicious dessert, simply cover the remaining cake tightly with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. You can store the leftovers at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

But let’s be honest: with its perfect balance of tender apples, cinnamon crumb topping, and indulgent streusel scents, this Dutch Apple Coffee Cake is so irresistible that we doubt there will be any leftovers at all!

Tips for Perfect Results

 One bite of this coffee cake and you'll be transported to a
One bite of this coffee cake and you’ll be transported to a

When it comes to making the perfect Dutch Apple Coffee Cake, using the right ingredients and techniques is essential. Here are some tips to ensure that your cake turns out perfectly every time.

Firstly, always use high-quality ingredients. This means using fresh and juicy Granny Smith apples, unsalted butter at room temperature, and light sour cream. The butter should be softened to ensure that it blends well with the other ingredients, while the sour cream adds moisture to the cake.

Secondly, make sure that you thoroughly mix your dry ingredients before incorporating them into the batter. This means whisking together the flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice (if using), to ensure they are evenly distributed. Separately mix the wet ingredients (butter, sugar and eggs) before adding in alternately with the dry mixture.

Thirdly, don’t overmix your batter! While it’s important to ensure that all of the ingredients are combined evenly when making the batter, overmixing can result in a dense and less desirable texture for your coffee cake. Mix the butter and sugar together until it looks creamy and fluffy in texture. Add the eggs one at a time into this mixture of butter and sugar; fold through flour mixture thereafter.

Fourthly, to achieve a perfect crunchy topping on your coffee cake consider adding hazelnuts and demerara or brown sugar into your streusel topping instead of white sugar so it can have a caramelized texture.

Lastly but not least, adjust baking time accordingly as ovens may vary. Check frequently for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake to see if it comes out clean. Leave cake to cool down for approximately 15 minutes before serving on its own or having it paired with gouda cheese or even whipped cream.

By following these tips, you can rest assured that your Dutch apple coffee cake will turn out perfectly every time – providing an inviting taste of Pennsylvania Dutch culture with every bite.


Now that we have covered the details of the Dutch Apple Coffee Cake recipe, it’s time to address the frequently asked questions. In this section, I will provide clarification and helpful tips based on some common questions that people ask when making this delicious coffee cake. So whether you’re a novice baker or a seasoned expert, let’s get to answering those burning questions!

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What sets coffee cakes apart from other cakes is that they come with a streusel topping and are typically not frosted. Coffee cakes also come in a variety of styles, some featuring a swirl of streusel and others filled with fruit, nuts or chocolate.

Why is it called Dutch apple cake?

The Pennsylvania Dutch community in the United States traces its roots to German immigrants who migrated to the region. They still practice German customs, such as using the language and preparing traditional German foods. One autumn delicacy that holds a special place in Amish Country is the Pennsylvania Dutch apple pie, characterized by its crumbly pie crust rather than the typical pastry crust.

Why is my apple cake soggy?

Have you ever experienced having a pastry with a soggy bottom? This is usually due to insufficient oven temperature or the dough not being baked enough. In some cases, adding too much water to the dough can also cause this issue.

What makes coffee cake taste like coffee?

It is commonly known among bakers that the simplest approach to incorporate coffee flavor into a baked good is by mixing in some instant espresso powder into the batter.

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the information and detailed instructions, it’s time to get baking! This Dutch Apple Coffee Cake recipe is perfect for any casual get-together or special occasion.

With its moist cake, generous amount of apples, and deliciously sweet crumb topping, this coffee cake will become a crowd favorite. And with the added hazelnuts and Gouda cheese, you won’t find another apple coffee cake recipe quite like this one.

So, whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting, this Dutch Apple Coffee Cake recipe is easy to follow and guaranteed to impress. As they always say in Pennsylvania Dutch country, “gut’s eate!” (which means ‘enjoy your meal’ in German).

Make sure to follow my tips for perfect results and don’t be afraid to switch up ingredients or add your own twist. With its warm spiced flavors and comforting aroma, what makes the perfect coffee cake even better? Adding sliced granny smith apples of course!

Trust me when I say this recipe will quickly become a go-to for any coffee lover with a sweet tooth. Make it ahead and store it for the next day, but beware as it may be too irresistible not to devour before then.

In conclusion, this Dutch Apple Coffee Cake recipe is an easy yet delicious way to experience the flavor of fall all year round. So grab your apron and mixing bowl and get ready for an indulgent treat that’ll transport you straight to a cozy café in Amsterdam.

Dutch Apple Coffee Cake

Dutch Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

An unusual coffee cake with the addition of cheese, lovely combination.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dutch
Calories 965.4 kcal


  • 3/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup extra finely granulated sugar (also called berry or basterd sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 8 ounces mild gouda cheese, cut in wedges
  • 2/3 cup demerara sugar (coarse dark)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds or 1/2 cup hazelnuts


  • Mix the sour cream and baking powder in a bowl, set aside.
  • In a seperate bowl, mix the flour and salt.
  • Cream the butter and berry sugar.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract, beating until light and fluffy.
  • Add the sour cream to the butter mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Add the flour and salt mixture and again, mix well.
  • Grease a 9" square glass pan and spread 1/2 of the batter in the pan. Place 3/4 of the apples and cheese wedges in a concentric circle on top of the batter.
  • Add remaining batter and top with the rest of the cheese and apples.
  • Mix the brown sugar and nuts and sprinkle on top of the cake.
  • Bake for 35 minutes at 375 degrees.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 263gCalories: 965.4kcalCarbohydrates: 120gProtein: 25.9gFat: 44.2gSaturated Fat: 23.6gCholesterol: 173.2mgSodium: 921mgFiber: 5.5gSugar: 71.4g
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