Delicious Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake Recipe

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, and I can’t help but smile. As a barista, I know what a good cup of coffee means to my customers. But today, I’m excited to share with you a recipe that will not only awaken your senses with the scent of coffee but also indulge your taste buds with a delicious apple butterscotch coffee cake.

Coffee cake is perfect for any occasion – as an afternoon snack or a breakfast treat, it’s always a hit with everyone. This recipe takes the classic coffee cake to the next level with its twist of apple and butterscotch flavors. The moist cake, together with the crunchy walnuts and cinnamon-infused crumb topping, creates an explosion of flavor in your mouth.

Whether you’re spending time with family, having friends over for brunch, or simply want to treat yourself, this apple butterscotch coffee cake recipe will make it a memorable moment. So let’s get started and make this delectable dessert that will leave you wanting more!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake
Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake

Are you a fan of coffee cake? Do you enjoy the sweet, tangy taste of apples and butterscotch? If so, this recipe is perfect for you! The Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake is the ultimate brunch cake that has all the right ingredients to make your taste buds dance with joy.

Let me tell you why you’re going to love this recipe. This moist cake has a rich, buttery flavor combined with the warm spice of cinnamon, and is layered with delicious chunks of apples and crunchy walnuts throughout. What’s more, the drizzle of butterscotch sauce adds a delightful sweetness. It’s the ultimate indulgence!

But this recipe isn’t just about indulgence. The cake is made with wholesome ingredients such as wheat flour, canola oil, and vanilla extract, making it a healthier option compared to most desserts.

Finally, this cake recipe is incredibly versatile. Serve it as a decadent dessert or indulgent breakfast item – no one will fault you for either! Plus, it’s great for meal prep too. Make it ahead and reheat it for on-the-go snacks or busy mornings.

Trust me; you’ll love this recipe! It’s effortless to make and is sure to impress your guests at your next brunch party or potluck dinner. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try and thank me later!

Ingredient List

 A slice of happiness to brighten up your day!
A slice of happiness to brighten up your day!

Here are the ingredients you will need for this mouth-watering apple butterscotch coffee cake recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) package butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely chopped apples (preferably Granny Smith)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Here are the ingredients for the butterscotch crumb topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips

For the butterscotch sauce, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Optional ingredients for variations: apple pie filling, yellow cake mix, apple cider, vanilla pudding.

The Recipe How-To

 When apples and butterscotch are meant to be together :)
When apples and butterscotch are meant to be together 🙂

Now, let’s get baking! Here’s the step-by-step guide to making a scrumptious apple butterscotch coffee cake.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 small box instant butterscotch pudding mix

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and butterscotch pudding mix. Give it a quick stir to make sure everything is well combined.


  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling, chopped

In another large mixing bowl, beat the canola oil and sugar until well combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Fold in the chopped apple pie filling until just combined. Then gradually add in the dry ingredients that you set aside earlier. Stir gently until everything is mixed together.

Butterscotch Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

In a separate medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cold butter. Use a fork or pastry cutter to mix everything together until it forms coarse crumbs.

Gently mix in the chopped walnuts. Set the bowl aside.

Make Butterscotch Sauce:

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a medium-sized saucepan. Then stir in the granulated sugar, apple cider, and butterscotch chips.

Increase the heat slightly to medium, and stir until all of the ingredients have melted together. Remove the pan from heat and set aside.

Cake Preheat and Bake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Pour half of the cake batter into the greased baking dish.
  • Sprinkle half of the butterscotch crumb topping over the cake batter.
  • Add the remaining cake batter on top of the crumb mixture.
  • Finish by sprinkling the rest of the butterscotch crumb topping over the cake batter.

Bake in your preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Drizzle Butterscotch Sauce:

Once your coffee cake has baked and cooled just a bit, drizzle it with that delicious butterscotch sauce you made earlier.


Now serve yourself a slice

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect treat for coffee lovers!
The perfect treat for coffee lovers!

If you’re looking to switch things up a bit or adapt the recipe to personal preferences or dietary needs, there are plenty of variations and substitutions you can make.

For a nut-free option, simply omit the walnuts from the recipe. You can also substitute them with another type of nut such as pecans or almonds.

To make the recipe gluten-free, use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend in place of regular wheat flour. You can also use a combination of almond flour and coconut flour for a grain-free option.

If you don’t have apples on hand, try using another type of fruit such as pears or berries. You can also opt to use canned apple pie filling for an even quicker and easier version of the cake.

For even more butterscotch flavor, add butterscotch chips to the batter or drizzle some butterscotch sauce over the finished cake.

If you want to turn this recipe into a bundt cake, simply double the ingredients and bake it in a bundt pan. It will make for an impressive and delicious dessert that’s perfect for special occasions.

Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some apple cider or vanilla pudding to the batter for unique and delicious twists on this classic coffee cake recipe. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 Prepare to fall in love with this coffee cake!
Prepare to fall in love with this coffee cake!


One of the best things about this Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake Recipe is that it pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The sweetness of the cake complements the bitterness of the coffee, making for a delicious and well-rounded breakfast or brunch.

When serving the cake, consider adding a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top to further enhance its flavor. If you are feeling extra adventurous, try pairing it with a drizzle of homemade butterscotch sauce, apple cider, or even apple pie filling.

If you have leftovers, don’t worry! This cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. To reheat, simply pop in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes or microwave on medium heat for 30 seconds.

Overall, this Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake Recipe is perfect for any occasion and pairs perfectly with your favorite hot drink. Give it a try and savor the delicious combination of butterscotch and apple flavors that make this cake a delightful treat.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Deliciousness in every bite!
Deliciousness in every bite!

This apple butterscotch coffee cake recipe is perfect for make-ahead, storing and reheating. Not only can you prepare this cake in advance, but it can also be stored for several days without losing its rich flavor and texture.

To make the most of your apple butterscotch coffee cake, it’s a good idea to bake it a day or two before serving. Once the cake has cooled completely, cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it at room temperature for up to three days.

If you want to store the cake for longer, freeze it instead. Wrap the cake securely with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and store it in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to serve, just thaw the cake at room temperature for a couple of hours before eating.

When reheating the cake, there are a couple of options to choose from. If you’re in a hurry and want to reheat individual slices, microwaving them on high for 10-15 seconds should do the trick. Alternatively, you can reheat the entire cake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-12 minutes.

No matter how you choose to store and reheat this apple butterscotch coffee cake, you’ll still enjoy its warm and delicious flavors every time. So go ahead and save yourself some time and effort by making this cake ahead of time – your future self will thank you!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The ultimate comfort food!
The ultimate comfort food!

To ensure a successful outcome for this delectable Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake recipe, here are some tips to follow:

1. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly: Sift together the flour, baking soda, and ground cinnamon to create a consistent mixture. This will ensure that the cake’s texture will be even throughout.

2. Use sturdy apples: For this recipe, you want to choose firm apples like Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Braeburn apples. Softer types like Red Delicious may turn mushy while baking.

3. Adjust the seasoning to your liking: While the recipe already calls for cinnamon in both the cake mix and the butterscotch crumb topping, feel free to add more if you prefer a stronger cinnamon flavor.

4. Don’t overmix: Be careful when mixing the wet and dry ingredients together – don’t overmix. Mixing too much can cause gluten strands to form which can lead to tough cake.

5. Toast nuts before adding them: If you’re adding toasted walnuts to the crumb topping, be sure to toast them first in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake them in a preheated oven at 325F for 5-7 minutes or until fragrant and starting to brown.

6. Use a bundt pan: For presentation purposes, it’s best to use a bundt pan as it gives the cake an elegant shape that’s perfect for brunches and gatherings.

7. Allow it to cool before serving: Let your coffee cake cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving; this way it holds its shape better and is less likely to crumble or fall apart.

By following these tips, you’ll have success making this delicious Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake at home!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake recipe is a perfect choice for breakfast, brunch or dessert. Its unique combination of flavors, including the sweetness of butterscotch and the tartness of apples, along with ingredients such as walnuts and cinnamon, make it a crowd-pleaser.

If you’re looking for a new twist on traditional coffee cake, this recipe will not disappoint. With simple instructions for substitutions and variations, you can easily make it your own, whether it’s by using different types of flour or adding in extra ingredients like apple pie filling.

Plus, with tips for making ahead and storing leftovers, you can enjoy this delicious treat throughout the week. And don’t forget to pair it with a hot cup of coffee or apple cider for the ultimate autumnal experience.

So why not impress your friends and family with this delectable Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake at your next gathering? Or indulge in a slice all to yourself – we won’t judge. Give this recipe a try and taste the magic for yourself!

Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake

Apple Butterscotch Coffee Cake Recipe

A sweet, moist coffee cake with a bit of crunch. Great for brunches, or potlucks. Keep one in the freezer for unexpected company, your sure to get lots of compliments.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 230.5 kcal


  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/8 cup grenadine
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped


  • In a large mixing bowl combine the eggs, sugar, grenadine, apples, walnuts and butterscotch chips. Mix well and set a side.
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the apple mixture and stir till all the ingredients are well combined. Batter should be pink and lumpy.
  • Lightly coat the sides and bottom of a loaf pan. Pour the mixture into the pan.
  • For the topping combine the 1 tablespoon of flour, wheat flour, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, butter and 1/4 cup of walnuts in a small mixing bowl till the ingredients look like fine crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the batter in the pan and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 93gCalories: 230.5kcalCarbohydrates: 38.6gProtein: 4.2gFat: 7.5gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 40.2mgSodium: 214.2mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 23.7g
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