Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake That Melts in Your Mouth

Welcome to my easy apple coffee cake recipe! As a barista, it’s not just about creating the perfect cup of coffee, but also pairing it with the perfect pastry. This recipe is the ultimate comfort food that will provide the warm sensation of a sweet apple cinnamon filling paired with the aromatic flavor of coffee.

This apple coffee cake is the perfect indulgence for any time of day. Whether you’re snacking in between classes or looking for a tasty breakfast to start your morning, this cake has got you covered.

But what makes this recipe so special? It’s simple – it’s all about the ingredients. The combination of tender apples and crunchy walnuts or pecans blended with cinnamon and brown sugar creates an explosion of flavors in every bite. Plus, with its buttery cake crumble on top, it’s a treat that’ll leave you wanting more.

So go ahead, grab a mug of your favorite blend and let me introduce you to my easy apple coffee cake recipe – because sometimes life is all about balance, and a little bit of indulgence goes a long way!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy Apple Coffee Cake
Easy Apple Coffee Cake

Are you looking for a warming and comforting treat for your breakfast, brunch or snack time? Look no further than this Easy Apple Coffee Cake Recipe! This recipe has become one of my favorite go-to treats as it’s not only incredibly easy to make but also downright delicious.

What’s not to love about a fluffy cake flavored with cinnamon, pecans, and chunks of sweet apple? You’ll love the contrast between the tender, buttery cake base and the crumbly, crunchy topping. The combination of sweet and slightly tart apples with the caramel-like flavor of brown sugar is simply irresistible.

Not only will you be delighted by the cozy aromas that will fill your kitchen while baking this cake, but you’ll also appreciate its versatility. It’s perfect for both casual gatherings and special occasions – this coffee cake is always a crowd-pleaser!

You can enjoy this cake on its own or pair it with a cup of coffee to start your morning off right. It’s also perfect as an afternoon snack or dessert. Trust me; it won’t last long on your kitchen counter or wherever you decide to serve it. Your family and friends will be coming back for seconds!

In summary, whether you’re looking for something simple yet indulgent to treat yourself or want to impress guests with minimal fuss in the kitchen, this Easy Apple Coffee Cake Recipe is guaranteed to be a hit.

Ingredient List

“A slice of sweet indulgence”

Let’s take a look at the ingredient list to make this easy apple coffee cake recipe.

For the Cake Batter:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

We are going to use some of the usual suspects ingredients like eggs, sugar, and flour for the cake batter but also adding a seasonal twist with chopped apples. The crumble topping is made with a mixture of flour, brown sugar, and butter that will give our apple coffee cake an irresistible sweetness and crunch!

The Recipe How-To

“Start your day with a scrumptious bite”

Now that you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, let’s dive into the recipe how-to for a delicious easy apple coffee cake. Make sure to preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Step 1: Make the Cake Batter

Begin with making the cake batter. In a medium bowl, cream together ½ cup of softened, salted butter and 1 cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in 2 large beaten eggs and mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients mixture to the wet ingredients mixture in three stages, alternating with the addition of 1 cup of milk. Mix until everything is well combined.

Step 2: Prepare the Apples

Peel, core and dice into small pieces about 3 cups of your best apple choice. Mixed up your chopped apples with 3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and 1/3 cup of brown sugar.

Step 3: Create the Crumble Topping

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work in 1 stick or 8 tablespoons unsalted butter until crumbly.

Step 4: Assemble it all together!

Pour half of the cake batter into your prepared pan using a spatula to spread it evenly. Throw in half of your prepared apples on top, covering as much surface area as possible. Pour remaining cake batter on top making sure that all the apples are covered completely. Then spread remaining apples overtop, pushing them down gently into the batter. Finally, sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of the apple and cake batter.

Step 5: Bake the Cake

Place the baking dish in preheated over and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy!

Take your cake out of the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Then consider pairing it with a warm cup of coffee or tea because, why not? Enjoy every bite of this yummy easy apple coffee cake!

Remember to follow each step carefully to get that perfect outcome.

Substitutions and Variations

“Coffee cake with a fruity twist”

If you like to play around with recipe ingredients, this coffee cake recipe is a perfect base for experimentation. Here are some of my favorite substitutions and variations:

– Nut-Free: If you don’t have walnuts or pecans on hand, or if you have a nut allergy, you can still make this coffee cake by leaving the nuts out of the crumble topping. Instead, use oats, granola, or just extra brown sugar and cinnamon.

– Gluten-Free: To make this coffee cake gluten-free, swap out the flour with a gluten-free flour blend such as almond flour or coconut flour.

– Vegan: You can substitute the eggs in this recipe with flax eggs or chia eggs for a plant-based version. Also swap out the butter for vegan spread.

– Apple Variations: For variation try different apple varieties such as Granny Smith, Jonathan, Honeycrisp or Pink Lady. The tartness and texture will vary from one apple variety to another, so try experimenting with a few types to find your favorite.

– Cinnamon Coffee Cake: For an extra dose of cinnamon goodness, mix 2 teaspoons of cinnamon into the cake batter and add more to the crumb topping.

– Apple Crumble Cake: Swap out the traditional crumb topping for an apple crumble topping. Combine 1 cup of rolled oats, ½ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of flour, and ½ cup of cold butter in a medium bowl. Mix until the mixture resembles coarse sand, then sprinkle over the top of the cake before baking.

– Bisquick Coffee Cake: Use bisquick instead of making your own cake batter at home to save time.

Whatever substitutions or variations you choose to make to this recipe, don’t be afraid to get creative and have some fun in the kitchen!

Serving and Pairing

“A delicious way to use up those extra apples”

Welcome to the serving and pairing section of this easy apple coffee cake recipe! This recipe is perfect for those who love a delicious pastry that isn’t too sweet. It’s a perfect treat for brunch, afternoon tea, or even dessert. Once you’ve made this delectable dessert, you’re going to want to enjoy it with your favorite beverage.

Now that you’ve baked your fresh and fragrant apple cinnamon coffee cake, it’s time to think about how you can take advantage of its satisfying flavor profile. You can serve it warm or at room temperature, with or without icing. I prefer mine straight out of the oven and with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top. But the sky is the limit when it comes to personalization.

When it comes to pairing this coffee cake, I recommend a cup of freshly brewed hazelnut coffee or an aromatic Earl Grey tea for a more balanced taste. The nutty flavors in the hazelnut coffee will complement the nutty flavors in the cake while the bergamot and lavender notes in Earl Grey will help balance out the sweetness of the cake.

If you’d like to enjoy this cake as an after-dinner dessert, why not serve it with cold vanilla ice cream? The coolness of the ice cream will help balance out the warm flavors of the cinnamon crumble topping while adding luxurious creaminess. Alternatively, you could also serve it with whipped cream and caramel sauce for an extra indulgent dessert experience.

This easy apple coffee cake recipe is perfect for any occasion! No matter what drink or topping you choose to pair with it, your taste buds are sure to be delighted.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“This apple coffee cake is the perfect complement to your morning brew”

As a barista, I know how important it is to have a dessert that you can plan ahead for when hosting guests. And the great news is, with this easy apple coffee cake recipe, you can make it ahead of time and still serve a delicious dessert. The best part? The cake will taste just as good as if you had made it fresh.

To make the cake ahead, simply follow all the steps in the recipe as usual but wait until it cools completely before storing it. Once cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate. You can store the cake like this for up to 3-4 days.

When it comes time to serve the cake, you have two options for reheating. You can either take the cake out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for a few hours before serving or reheat individual pieces in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds each.

If you prefer to freeze your desserts, this apple coffee cake recipe can also be frozen for up to 2-3 months. To do this, wrap the cooled cake tightly in plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve it, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and let it come to room temperature before serving.

Overall, this easy apple coffee cake recipe is perfect for planning ahead and storing for later use. Your guests will be impressed at how deliciously fresh it tastes even after being stored in the fridge or freezer.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Soft, moist and filled with flavors”

Before making this delicious apple coffee cake recipe, I want to share tips that will ensure fabulous results. Follow these tips and your coffee cake recipe will turn out perfect every time.

First and foremost, make sure that you use the best apples available- those that are crisp and juicy for intense flavor. Granny Smith apples are a great choice but feel free to switch up the variety based on your personal preference.

Another important tip is to use room temperature ingredients. Butter softened at room temperature blends better into the batter, hence creating a smooth texture that results in a moist and tender cake.

When measuring flour, it’s always best practice to scoop it lightly with a spoon into your measuring cup to avoid adding excess flour to your recipe. Adding too much flour can result in a dry cake or one that is crumbly thus affecting its consistency and taste.

For extra flavor, add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter when making this easy apple coffee cake recipe. The warm and subtle flavor of cinnamon complements the sweetness and tartness of apples while elevating the overall aroma of the cake.

Don’t forget to set your oven temperature accurately. Baking at 350°F ensures even cooking and a moist texture that is perfect for this delightful cake recipe.

Lastly, give your cake enough time to cool down before serving or storing. Cooling it down preserves its fluffy and moist texture as well as intensifies its flavors by allowing them to mingle beautifully together.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this easy apple coffee cake recipe is perfect for any occasion. Its delicious aroma and rich taste make it a crowd-pleaser among family and friends. The soft texture of the cake combined with the crunchy brown sugar-oat crumble topping and bits of chopped apples in every bite is guaranteed to make you want more.

By following my detailed instructions and tips on ingredients, variations, serving, make-ahead options, storing and reheating, perfect results are achievable even for beginners. You’ll have everyone raving about your baking skills with this delectable and easy to make recipe.

So don’t wait any longer, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and let’s get baking! Whether you’re looking for a sweet breakfast treat or dessert for after dinner, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings. Make sure to share with your loved ones because a slice of warm apple coffee cake is always best when shared.

Easy Apple Coffee Cake

Easy Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

I found this recipe on RecipeZaar many years ago. For some reason, it's not here anymore, so I'm reposting it. This is a fantastic recipe, especially if you're a lazy baker like I am.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 436.3 kcal


  • 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup walnuts or 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter


  • In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, and pie filling. Pour into a sprayed 9 x 13 inches baking pan.
  • Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped nuts, and sprinkle evenly over the top of batter.
  • slice butter into 1/4 inch pats and distribute evenly over the top.
  • Bake in 350 degree oven for 35 - 40 minutes.

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Serving: 138gCalories: 436.3kcalCarbohydrates: 61.4gProtein: 5.1gFat: 20.2gSaturated Fat: 6.6gCholesterol: 67.7mgSodium: 392.7mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 39g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breakfast, Dessert
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