This is the best Apple Coffee Cake recipe you’ll find. Enjoy as an indulgent breakfast treat or an any-time snack or dessert! This recipe is a great way to use up apples in the fall.
I’m ashamed to divulge that this is the first coffee cake recipe I’ve posted on this site. I know! We have a momentous occasion here! Combining apples and coffee cake, it turns out, is one of the most delectable little breakfasts, snacks, desserts or however it is you wish to label this food.
I mean, the title is a tad confusing. I excitedly told my boys that there was a yummy apple coffee cake waiting for them at home and I was faced with serious looks of disapproval. I had to explain that coffee was not at all involved and then they just looked at me like I was a crazed woman.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST APPLE COFFEE CAKE
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix well. Gradually add to the butter mixture and beat on medium-low speed until just combined. Add the sour cream and mix until just combined. Stir in the apples. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading in an even layer.
In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and melted butter. Stir until crumbly. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the cake batter in the pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack or serve warm!
Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), confectioner's sugar and apple juice. Mix on medium speed until glaze is free of lumps. Drizzle over the cooled coffee cake, cut into squares and serve!
RECIPE NOTES: MAKE THE BEST APPLE COFFEE CAKE RECIPE
When chopping and peeling the apples, fill a large bowl about half with cool water and squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into it. The lemon juice will keep your apples from getting brown while you get them prepped for the recipe. Use an apple corer/peeler if you have one because they will make this process go super fast. If you don't have one, use a potato peeler and a knife to get the job done. You'll need to peel, core and chop the apples. Place them into the water-lemon juice mixture as you work.
I have fallen IN LOVE with my dear apple peeler and corer. If a lot of apples go through your kitchen, you absolutely must consider buying one. It's the most magical tool in my kitchen!
To slim down the recipe, replace a portion of the brown sugar in the batter with honey. Also, you can use a low-fat sour cream.
For a caramel twist, drizzle salted caramel sauce over the top instead of simple icing!
WATCH THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL TO SEE HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE ICING!
IS THERE COFFEE IN COFFEE CAKE?
Coffee cakes have been around for aaaages and about a century ago coffee used to make an appearance in the ingredient list. Today’s versions of the cake does not typically contain coffee, but it is sometimes enjoyed with coffee! Coffee cake is often enjoyed as a sweet breakfast food, but way easier to make than cinnamon rolls.
WHAT APPLES ARE GOOD FOR BAKING?
I recommend using a variety of apples and at the very least, use two kinds: one sweet and one tart. My favorite combo is Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples.
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
APPLE RECIPES FOR FALL
Apples aren't just for picking from a tree - there's so many great ways to enjoy a sweet apple treat, don't limit yourself to just one recipe!
Appledoodles - These cookies are a fun twist on the classic snickerdoodles! Great way to use up apples in the fall!
Easy Homemade Crockpot Applesauce - A kid-worthy snack that is fun to prepare because it's so easy to make. Use an assortment of green and red apples and you’ll have a flavorful snack you can enjoy; better than the store stuff!
Apple Pie Jam - this fall make this Amazing Apple Pie Jam! This jam tastes just like Apple Pie because it’s similar to pie filling. So get ready to be addicted. Put it on your English muffins, pancakes or with peanut butter! This is a great, DELICIOUS way to use up extra apples in the fall! Also a great gift idea!
Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples - Sprinkling of sea salt and a bit of chocolate turns Caramel Apples into an extravagant dessert.. Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples!
Apple Carrot Cake Muffins - Apples and carrots create the most delicious little muffin you could ever imagine. These babies are moist and yummy and will not last long in your kitchen. Great as a snack, breakfast or dessert!
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake - the only thing better than salted caramel apples is Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake! This is the perfect fall treat and a great way to use up any type of apples.
Apple French Toast Bake - Transform classic French Toast into an appley indulgence! Prepare this easy Apple French Toast Bake recipe the night before so there’s no morning prep! It’s also wonderful as a make and bake option. Pour some maple syrup over it!