Delicious Apple Coffee Cake Recipe for Your Next Brunch

Greetings esteemed readers and fellow coffee enthusiasts! I am thrilled to share with you my recipe for country apple coffee cake. This delectable dessert is a perfect blend of rich coffee flavors and the sweetness of freshly baked cake, all infused with the juicy goodness of apples.

As a barista, I have always been passionate about finding new and exciting ways to enjoy coffee, and this coffee cake has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. Whether you’re looking for a cozy breakfast treat or a delightful after-dinner dessert, this apple coffee cake is sure to hit the spot.

What makes this coffee cake stand out from the rest is its unique combination of flaky biscuits, tender apples, and cinnamon pecans that come together perfectly to create an irresistible taste. It’s an easy recipe that’s perfect for beginner bakers or anyone who simply loves delicious comfort food.

So why not make a new favorite out of this recipe? Get ready to heat up your oven and surprise your friends and family with the best treat of their lives. Trust me; it will be worth it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Country Apple Coffee Cake
Country Apple Coffee Cake

I must implore you to indulge in the irresistible allure of this Country Apple Coffee Cake Recipe. What makes this cake recipe a truly exceptional dessert is the perfect marriage of cinnamon-drenched pecans and luscious apple pie filling, sandwiched between layers of flaky biscuits that have been imbibed with a splash of whiskey.

Imagine reveling in the aroma of warm, buttery cinnamon and pecans intertwined with fresh apples, all while sipping on your favorite coffee. This coffee cake not only complements your beverage but elevates your overall experience, creating a symphony of flavors that will make every sip and bite feel like an indulgent luxury.

This recipe is also incredibly versatile; it can be served as a breakfast treat or as a crowd-pleasing dessert at special occasions. The recipe includes substitution options and variations such as using sour cream instead of milk, or adding a streusel topping for added texture and crunch.

In addition to its delectable taste, you’ll find that this coffee cake recipe is quick and easy to prepare. With just a few essential ingredients such as refrigerated biscuits, chopped peeled apples, cinnamon pecans, and Pillsbury Grands Jr. Golden Layers Country biscuits, you can make your new favorite coffee companion in no time.

This country apple coffee cake is a classic baking recipe that has stood the test of time for good reason. It encompasses everything that we love about comforting desserts with its warm spices and fresh fruits, making it the perfect treat to share with loved ones or savor alone in quiet moments.

So don’t wait any longer to experience the delightful charm of this apple coffee cake; heat up your oven and make yourself a cup of coffee as you prepare to make this unforgettable dessert for yourself or others!

Ingredient List

 Wake up and smell the Country Apple Coffee Cake!
Wake up and smell the Country Apple Coffee Cake!

The Ingredients You Need for a Delicious Country Apple Coffee Cake

This coffee cake recipe has a mix of classic ingredients and some special touches to make it perfect for any occasion. Here’s everything you’ll need to whip up your own country apple coffee cake:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, divided
  • 2 cups chopped peeled apples (about 2 medium apples)
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecan pieces
  • 2 cans (12 oz each) refrigerated biscuits (try Pillsbury Grands Jr. Golden Layers or Kroger brand)
  • 1 egg, beaten

  • Optional variations: add a splash of whiskey to the pecans or substitute apple pie filling or apple crumble topping for the chopped apples *

Most of these ingredients are pantry staples and easy to find, but the apples are worth highlighting. Use fresh, juicy apples that you’d enjoy biting into on their own – it makes all the difference in the final product.

The Recipe How-To

 Sink your teeth into this deliciously moist cake
Sink your teeth into this deliciously moist cake

Preheat the Oven

Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan or square pan.

Make the Apple Mixture

First, in a medium bowl, combine 1 cup Country Apple pie filling with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup chopped pecans. Set aside.

Prepare the Biscuits

Separate the 8 flaky biscuits; cut each one into quarters. Splash with 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup, and set aside.

Mix the Cake Batter

In another large bowl, beat 1/2 cup softened butter using an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in 3/4 cup brown sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.

Beat in 1 egg until well blended. Mix in 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until well blended.

Stir in the biscuit quarters by hand until coated with batter. Then fold the apple mixture into the batter.

Bake the Coffee Cake

Pour this mixture into your greased pan. Spread evenly. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of melted butter over it all.

Bake for 24-28 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Serve warm to make a new favorite coffee cake!

Substitutions and Variations

 The aroma of cinnamon and fresh apples fills the air
The aroma of cinnamon and fresh apples fills the air

When it comes to making a delicious Country Apple Coffee Cake, there are plenty of ways to make this recipe your own. Here are some substitutions and variations that you might want to try:

– Instead of using pecan pieces, try swapping them out for chopped walnuts or almonds. You could even use a mixture of different nuts.

– For a boozy twist, consider adding a splash of whiskey to the apple filling or the cake batter. Just be sure not to add too much, as too much alcohol can affect the texture and taste of the cake.

– If you don’t have access to Pillsbury Grands! Junior Golden Layers Country biscuits, you could try using regular buttermilk biscuits instead. Just be aware that the texture and flavor of the finished cake may be slightly different.

– If you prefer a more tart apple flavor, consider using Granny Smith apples instead of sweeter varieties like Delicious or Honeycrisp.

– To make this coffee cake even more decadent, try topping it with a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

These substitutions and variations can help take your Country Apple Coffee Cake to new heights and make it your own unique creation. Don’t be afraid to get creative and make this delicious dessert all your own!

Serving and Pairing

 It’s the perfect breakfast or dessert for any occasion
It’s the perfect breakfast or dessert for any occasion

Oh, how I adore the buttery and spiced aroma of this country apple coffee cake recipe! It’s a delightful treat that you can serve for breakfast, brunch or dessert. It’s perfect for sharing with your family or guests.

This country apple coffee cake pairs perfectly with a cup of hot coffee, tea or milk. And if you want to take it up a notch, why not try pairing with espresso or latte? The rich and bold flavor of coffee blends famously with this sweet and spicy cake.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you might try adding some cinnamon or whipped cream on top to enhance the flavors. A generous dollop of vanilla-flavored sour cream is another winning combination to try out.

This coffee cake is also fantastic served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It makes for an irresistible dessert delight that tickles your senses and leaves you craving for more.

So grab your favorite drink and slice of country apple coffee cake, sit back and relish in its comforting flavors.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This coffee cake pairs perfectly with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee
This coffee cake pairs perfectly with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee

One of the many great things about this country apple coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later. This means there’s no need to stress over having to prepare everything on the day of your special occasion. To make ahead, simply bake as directed and allow it to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. It can be refrigerated for up to three days or frozen for up to two months.

When ready to serve, you can reheat the coffee cake in either the microwave or oven. To reheat in the microwave, slice a piece of the coffee cake and microwave on high for 20-30 seconds. Alternatively, you can reheat in the oven by preheating to 350°F and placing the sliced coffee cake on a baking sheet. Cover it loosely with foil and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until heated through.

If you have leftover coffee cake that you are not planning on eating within a few days, it can also be frozen for longer storage. Simply wrap individual slices tightly in foil or plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe baggie. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, thaw them out in the refrigerator before reheating as directed above.

In addition, if you want to dress up your country apple coffee cake further, you can add whipped cream or ice cream as a topping. Trust me; it pairs perfectly with this sweet treat!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Every bite is a burst of apple flavor with hints of warm spices
Every bite is a burst of apple flavor with hints of warm spices

To achieve the perfect result for this country apple coffee cake recipe, there are a few tips and tricks that you can follow.

Firstly, make sure to use room temperature ingredients, especially the butter and eggs. Room temperature butter is easier to cream with sugar which will make your batter smoother. Room temperature eggs will also blend better with other ingredients resulting in a lighter texture.

Secondly, don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing can cause the development of gluten and make the cake denser than it should be. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated but stop as soon as it reaches that point.

Thirdly, control the oven’s temperature by preheating your oven at least 15 minutes before baking the cake. This way, the temperature will reach an even heat throughout the oven, making for a more consistent bake.

Fourthly, to avoid spreading of the batter in your baking pan, generously grease both bottom and sides of the pan with butter or oil. For easier removal of the cake, also line with parchment paper.

Fifthly, for an added crunch on top of your coffee cake, sprinkle some pecan pieces on top of cinnamon sugar before baking for a fragrant aroma and extra texture.

Lastly, let your cake cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes before removing to prevent it from falling apart or breaking. Serve warm with a drizzle of powdered sugar mixed with milk and vanilla extract on top for a delicious finishing touch.


Now that you know how to make this delicious country apple coffee cake recipe, it’s time to answer some frequently asked questions. These questions cover everything from substitutions to serving suggestions, and they are sure to help you create the perfect dessert every time. So, let’s get started with the FAQ section!

How do you increase the flavor of coffee in a cake?

As a barista, I have plenty of tips and tricks to share for those looking to whip up a delicious cup of coffee at home. One way to infuse coffee flavor into baked goods is by adding instant espresso powder to the batter. However, for a more decadent treat, consider adding a mocha swirl to the mix.

Additionally, for those who love a good crumb topping, adding coffee to it can take it to a whole new level. Finally, for those looking for an extra kick to their baked goods, a boozy latte glaze can be the perfect finishing touch. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

What makes a cake a coffee cake?

Coffee cake can either mean a sponge cake that has a coffee flavor or a sweet cake in the US that is meant to be enjoyed with coffee or tea. The circular-shaped coffee cake usually has two layers with coffee butter icing in between them, and it is also used to cover the top of the cake.

What makes coffee cake different?

Are you interested in making a delicious baked treat to pair with your morning coffee? Consider trying out a coffee cake, also known as kaffekuchen. This scrumptious dessert features a soft, single layer cake that’s infused with sweet cinnamon flavor and topped with a crispy streusel mixture made from flour, butter, and sugar. You can even opt to have the streusel layered throughout the cake like a delicious filling. For those who prefer fruity flavors, try adding blueberries to give your coffee cake an extra burst of flavor.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Country Apple Coffee Cake recipe is the perfect choice for any coffee lover who appreciates the delicious flavors of apple and cinnamon. Not only does this recipe taste heavenly, but it is also extremely easy to make, with simple ingredients that can be found in any grocery store.

You’ll love the combination of sweet and tart apples, sticky light corn syrup and brown sugar to add depth of flavor to the dough. The addition of cinnamon and pecan pieces provides a cozy touch, making it an ideal dessert or brunch item.

Furthermore, this recipe includes substitution options that allow for customization, making it perfect for creating your own urban-rustic coffee house vibe at home.

So if you’re looking for a tasty and simple way to impress your friends and family with your baking skills, look no further than the Country Apple Coffee Cake recipe. Trust me; once you’ve tried this cake, it will quickly become a staple dessert in your home!

Country Apple Coffee Cake

Country Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

This recipe comes from a cookbook of mine that is probably 30 years old and was my very first cookbook. It's now tattered and falling apart with the front cover missing. But the recipes are absolutely wonderful and this one was a Pillsbury Bake-Off winner. I've made this recipe over and over and everyone eats it right up! Enjoy!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 421.7 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped peeled apples
  • 10 ounces biscuits
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whiskey
  • 1 egg


  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 -2 teaspoon milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using 1 tablespoon of the butter, grease bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan.
  • Spread 1 cup of the apples in pan.
  • Separate the biscuits.
  • Cut each one into 4 pieces.
  • Arrange point side up over apples.
  • Top with remaining apples.
  • In small bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoon butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, corn syrup, whiskey, and egg.
  • Beat well.
  • Stir in pecans.
  • Spoon over biscuit pieces.
  • Bake 35-45 minutes or until brown.
  • Prepare glaze and drizzle over coffee cake.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 140gCalories: 421.7kcalCarbohydrates: 59.9gProtein: 5.3gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5.3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 330.3mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 28.1g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Apple, Breads, Breakfast, Fruit
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