Sweet and Savory: Glazed Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

As a barista, I have always been passionate about coffee and everything related to it. That’s why I’m excited to share with you this amazing recipe for glazed apple coffee cake that will take your love for coffee to a whole new level. This recipe is one of my personal favorites that always leaves me wanting more, and I’m sure it will do the same for you.

Picture this: a soft and moist cake filled with chunks of delicious apples coated in cinnamon and brown sugar topped with a crunchy crumble topping. But wait, there’s more! It’s then drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze that perfectly complements the flavors of the apple and cinnamon. And did I mention that it has coffee in it too?

I love this recipe not only because it’s so indulgent and satisfying but also because it’s so versatile. You can enjoy it as a dessert or have it for breakfast as a yummy start to your day. It’s also great for sharing with family and friends, or if you’re like me – just keep it all to yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron, preheat your oven, and let’s get baking this incredible glazed apple coffee cake together. Trust me – your taste buds will thank you later.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Glazed Apple Coffee Cake
Glazed Apple Coffee Cake

“Indulge in a heavenly treat with the Glazed Apple Coffee Cake Recipe!”

This recipe ticks all the boxes, from its perfect texture to its incredible taste. This scrumptious cake is bursting with warm flavors of apple and cinnamon, topped off with a delectable streusel crumble and drizzled with a caramel glaze that will leave you wanting more.

The combination of sour cream and apples produces an unbelievably moist and tender crumb. And if apple pie is one of your favorite desserts, this recipe will appeal to you as well. It has all the delicious flavors of a traditional apple pie but in cake form!

Not only is this recipe simple to follow, but it also allows for flexibility when it comes to serving size. You could enjoy a slice with your morning coffee or turn it into muffins for an on-the-go snack or bake it in a bundt pan for a fancier presentation.

This recipe provides numerous opportunities for variation: swap out the type of apple used, add walnuts or pecans to the topping, or substitute vanilla extract for almond extract. The possibilities are endless!

So why not try making this delicious coffee cake? It is sure to become a household favorite in no time!

Ingredient List

“Fall in love with fall flavors with every bite of this Glazed Apple Coffee Cake”

Before we start making the delicious Glazed Apple Coffee Cake, let’s take a look at the ingredients we’ll be needing. This recipe requires the following ingredients:

  • Apples: 1 ½ cups, peeled and chopped

  • All-Purpose Flour: 2 cups

  • Baking Soda: 1 teaspoon

  • Salt: 1 teaspoon

  • Ground Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon

  • Brown Sugar: 1 cup (lightly packed)

  • Light Brown Sugar: ⅔ cup (lightly packed)

  • Unsalted Butter: ½ cup (softened)

  • Eggs: 2 large

  • Sour Cream: ½ cup

For the crumble topping, you will need:

  • All-Purpose Flour: 1 cup

  • Brown Sugar: ¾ cup (lightly packed)

  • Ground Cinnamon: 2 teaspoons

  • Unsalted Butter: ½ cup (melted)

For the glazed apple lattice, you will need:

  • Powdered Sugar: 1 and ⅓ cups (sifted)

  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon

  • Water: 2 tablespoons

Finally, for the caramel glazed apple, you will need:

  • Granulated Sugar: ¼ cup

  • Apple Cider or Apple Juice: ¼ cup

  • Unsalted Butter: 2 tablespoons

Be sure to have all these ingredients ready before starting the mixing process to ensure that you create an irresistible coffee cake that everyone will love!

The Recipe How-To

“Get your daily dose of fruit with this apple-infused coffee cake”

Now, let’s move on to the fun part, making the Glazed Apple Coffee Cake! With a handful of common pantry items and fresh apples, you can easily whip up this delicious cake in no time.

Ingredient List:

To make this coffee cake you will need:

  • For the Apple Layer
  • 2 cups diced Apples (peeled and cored)
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

  • For the Crumble Topping

  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter (melted)
  • 1/3 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour

  • For the Cake

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream

  • For the Glaze
    -3/4 cup powdered sugar
    -1+ tablespoons apple cider


Follow these simple steps to create the perfect Glazed Apple Coffee Cake:

Step One:

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 9-inch springform pan with some unsalted butter and set aside.

Step Two:

In a small bowl, mix together diced apples with brown sugar and ground cinnamon and set aside.

Step Three:

Next, make the crumble topping by mixing melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour until moist crumbs form. Set aside until needed.

Step Four:

For the cake batter, mix together flour, baking soda, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, cream together softened butter and 1 cup of brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in two eggs and vanilla extract.

Step Five:

Add dry ingredient mixture alternatively with sour cream to the mixing bowl of wet ingredients, beating gently after each addition just until combined.

Step Six:

Add the apple mixture you set aside earlier to the cake batter.

Step Seven:

Pour half the batter into the prepared pan, then sprinkle on half the crumble topping. Add the remaining batter on top of that, smoothing it out as best you can, then add the rest of the crumble on top of that.

Step Eight:

Place the pan in the oven, baking it for about 40-50 minutes or until lightly browned on top and an inserted toothpick into the center comes out clean.

Step Nine:

While your cake is cooling, make your glaze by whisking together powdered sugar, apple cider, and vanilla water until smooth.

Step Ten:

Once your

Substitutions and Variations

“A perfect combination of sweet, cinnamon and juicy apples in every slice”

Are you looking to add a personal touch to your glazed apple coffee cake recipe? Or maybe you’re running low on certain ingredients and need some substitutes. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a few suggestions:

– Apples: This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples, but feel free to experiment with different types of apples. Honeycrisp and Pink Lady apples work well too.

– Sour cream: If you don’t have sour cream on hand, plain Greek yogurt or buttermilk can make great substitutes.

– Brown Sugar: A mixture of granulated sugar and molasses is an easy substitute for brown sugar in recipes.

– Streusel Topping: You can switch things up and make a crumb topping instead. Mix together 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of light brown sugar, and 4 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter in a medium bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the cake batter before baking.

– Glaze: For a different take on the glaze, try incorporating some apple cider into the mix. Combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of apple cider, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a small bowl whisked together until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the warm cake.

By playing around with these substitutions and variations, you can create endless possibilities for your apple coffee cake recipe. Enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

“Indulge in a decadent treat that pairs perfectly with your coffee”

Now that you have made this delicious glazed apple coffee cake, it’s time to enjoy it!

This cake is a perfect breakfast or brunch companion. Sipping on a hot cup of coffee while nibbling on a slice of this cake will take your morning to a whole new level. Its sweet and warm aroma will fill your kitchen and make your taste buds dance for joy.

But it’s not just limited to morning or brunch. It can also serve as an impressive dessert for dinner parties or any occasion you choose. Its rich flavor and stunning appearance will leave your guests in awe.

If you want to take the experience up a notch, consider serving this cake with a dollop of whipped cream, some caramel sauce, or maybe even some vanilla ice-cream to cut through its sweetness. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, why not try pairing it with some cinnamon dusted apple cider?

This cake also pairs well with some apple cinnamon tea or a warm mug of spiced chai. The sour cream in the recipe adds a subtle tanginess that makes it an excellent sidekick to coffee in particular.

Don’t forget, you can always add different toppings or flavors into the mix too. If you like nuts, sprinkle some roughly chopped walnuts over the top for an extra crunch. Or try incorporating other fruits such as cranberries or peaches into the glaze for a unique twist on the recipe.

No matter how you serve it, this glazed apple coffee cake is sure to impress and delight anyone who tastes it.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Transform your kitchen into a bakery with this easy coffee cake recipe”

The Glazed Apple Coffee Cake is a delightful treat that you can make ahead of time and store for later use. If you want to prepare the cake in advance, simply bake the cake and let it cool completely before storing it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

For longer storage, you can store the baked cake in the refrigerator for up to five days or freeze it for up to three months. To freeze the cake, wrap it securely in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe container before putting it in the freezer.

When you are ready to serve your coffee cake, you have a few options available. If storing in the refrigerator, allow the cake to come to room temperature before slicing it into individual pieces. Alternatively, if frozen, remove the plastic wrap and thaw the coffee cake overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

To reheat your Glazed Apple Coffee Cake, wrap individual slices loosely in foil and place them in an oven preheated to 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, microwave individual slices on high power for 10-15 seconds until warmed through.

The crumb topping may get slightly soft while reheating, but not to worry as it will still be deliciously crunchy. The sweet brown sugar glaze may also harden while stored or refrigerated but can easily be brought back to its original consistency by placing it in the microwave for 15 seconds or until smooth.

No matter how you choose to store or reheat your Glazed Apple Coffee Cake, this delectable dessert will be sure to impress with its warm flavors of cinnamon and caramel glazed apples.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Enjoy the aroma of warm apples and cinnamon filling your home”

When making a glazed apple coffee cake, following the recipe to the letter is not always enough for a perfect result.

To keep your cakes moist and soft, try substituting sour cream with plain Greek yogurt. The extra acidity in the yogurt helps break down the gluten in flour while adding an extra layer of tangy richness.

When preparing the batter, remember to mix dry ingredients separately before incorporating them with wet ones. This way, you’ll maintain consistent texture and avoid lumps or dry spots.

For a richer taste, try using browned butter instead of regular softened butter in your crumb topping. Browned butter adds a nuttier and caramelized character to your cake and enhances other flavors around it.

Another great tip is to line your cake pan with parchment paper. It makes taking off the cake easy while maintaining its shape and prevents sticking. Plus, cleaning up is more comfortable afterward.

Lastly, do not overfill the pan when making muffins or cupcakes. Filling each cup up to ⅔ of its height will give room for rising and prevent overflow while baking.

Now that you know these tricks, making perfect glazed apple coffee cakes will be as easy as pie!


Now that you have all the necessary information for creating a delicious glazed apple coffee cake, let’s cover some frequently asked questions to ensure your baking success.

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

One of the distinguishing factors between crumb cake and coffee cake is the quantity of streusel topping used. Generally, crumb cake features a thicker layer of streusel topping compared to coffee cake. Moreover, unlike coffee cake, streusel topping is not always used in making crumb cake.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What sets coffee cakes apart from other desserts is their streusel topping and lack of frosting. While some may feature a drizzle of glaze, they are typically not fully frosted. Depending on the recipe, coffee cakes may also have fillings such as fruits, nuts or chocolate, or a swirl of streusel mixed throughout.

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

As a barista, I have learned a few tricks to enhance the coffee flavor in different types of drinks. One way to infuse coffee into baked goods is by adding instant espresso powder to the batter. However, for a more indulgent experience, try adding a mocha swirl to add dimension to the taste. You can also pack the crumb topping with coffee to add texture and a little bit of crunch. If you’re looking for a boozy twist, finish your baked goods with a latte glaze that has a splash of your favorite spirit. These little additions can make all the difference and take your coffee game to the next level.

Why does my apple cake fall apart?

Finding the perfect balance of moisture is crucial when it comes to baking cakes. Adding too little or too much can lead to undesirable results. For instance, not enough moisture can cause the cake to cave in at its center. Conversely, in places with high humidity, ingredients like flour can naturally accumulate excess moisture, which can also lead to an unsatisfactory outcome.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this glazed apple coffee cake recipe is one that you definitely want to try. Its unique combination of a crumble topping and a brown sugar glaze makes it so flavorful and delicious. And not only is it perfect for brunch, but it’s also great as a dessert after dinner or as a midday snack.

With its soft and moist texture, paired with the cinnamon apples, sour cream, and vanilla extract, every bite is sure to melt in your mouth. Plus, the streusel topping gives it an added crunch that perfectly balances out the sweetness of the glaze.

By following the simple instructions, you can make this coffee cake recipe in no time. And with ingredients that are easy to find at any grocery store, you have no excuse not to try it out for yourself.

So go ahead and give this glazed apple coffee cake recipe a shot. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you.

Glazed Apple Coffee Cake

Glazed Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

I got this recipe from food network and it tastes amazing it even has an optional brown sugar glaze
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cake
Calories 393.2 kcal


  • 10 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled cored and diced apples
  • crumb topping (>)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • glaze (>)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with 2 teaspoons of the butter.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the remaining stick of butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after the addition of each.
  • In a separate bowl or on a piece of parchment, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream and vanilla.
  • Fold in the apples.
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish, spreading out to the edges.
  • In a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the cake.
  • bake until golden brown (40-45 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • GLAZE.
  • In a bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, and water and mix until smooth.
  • Drizzle the cake with the glaze and let harden slightly.
  • Cut into squares and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 132gCalories: 393.2kcalCarbohydrates: 68.7gProtein: 4.3gFat: 11.9gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 59.6mgSodium: 243.6mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 47.5g
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