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Apple coffee cake on a parchment paper lined wire cooling rack with slices removed and a simple vanilla glaze to the side | All Images © Beyond the Butter™

Apple Coffee Cake

Author: Jennifer
Say hello to fall with this easy-to-make, warm Apple Coffee Cake! Topped with a buttery, brown sugar crumble, this moist and fluffy breakfast cake is chock full of chopped apples and brought together with a layer of cinnamon streusel. It is absolutely delicious on its own or drizzle on a simple vanilla or brown sugar glaze!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings


  • 9 inch Springform Pan
  • Whisk
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Medium Saucepan (if making optional brown sugar glaze)
  • Spatulas
  • Parchment Paper (optional step for prepping pan)


cinnamon streusel layer

  • ½ cup Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

brown sugar crumble

  • ¼ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon Unsalted Butter, cold and cut into small cubes

apple coffee cake

  • 1 ¼ cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg, room temperature
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Large Granny Smith Apple , equals about 2 cups, cut into small cubes

vanilla glaze

  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

brown sugar glaze

  • ¼ cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ¼ cup Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract


cinnamon streusel layer

  • In a small-size mixing bowl, whisk together the three ingredients. Set to the side.

brown sugar crumble

  • In a medium-size mixing bowl. whisk together the all-purpose flour, light brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  • Add in the cold and cubed unsalted butter. With a fork, press the butter cubes into the dry mixture until it forms small crumbles. Having a few larger size crumbles are good too. Set to the side.

apple coffee cake

  • Adjust your oven rack to the 2nd level position (just above center) and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray your 9 inch springform pan with a flour based baking spray and set to the side. Optional step, add a layer of parchment paper, then lightly respray.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set to the side.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the vegetable oil, granulated sugar, light brown sugar on medium-high speed until well blended.
  • Add in the egg and buttermilk.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Fold in the diced apples.
  • Spoon a little more than half of the batter into the prepared springform pan. Add the cinnamon streusel topping, then top with the remaining batter. Sprinkle over the top the brown sugar crumbles.
  • Place the pan into the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes at 350ºF. Baking times vary with each oven, so begin to check the coffee cake at the earliest time noted. The coffee cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a minimum of 25-30 minutes before serving with the optional vanilla or brown sugar glaze.

vanilla glaze

  • In a small-size mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until the glaze forms. Pour over the cooled coffee cake or coffee cake slices.

optional brown sugar glaze

  • In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, combine the unsalted butter, heavy whipping cream, and light brown sugar.
  • Bring the mixture a boil to make sure the brown sugar has dissolved completely.
  • Add in the vanilla extract then stir to blend.
  • Remove from the heat and let it sit for 10-12 minutes to thicken. Pour over the cooled coffee cake or coffee cake slices.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from St. Stephen's Family Recipes 1987 cookbook.
Keyword apple coffee cake, apples, brown sugar glaze, bundt cake, cinnamon apple coffee cake, cinnamon streusel, cinnamon streusel apple coffee cake, coffee cake, vanilla glaze
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