Homemade Apple Coffee Cake Recipe for a Sweet Delight

Are you looking for a delicious way to start your morning? Look no further than this apple coffee cake recipe! This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves the warm, comforting taste of apples and cinnamon paired with their morning cup of coffee.

With its crumbly streusel topping and tender chunks of diced apples, this coffee cake is sure to impress. Whether you bake it for your family or bring it to a brunch with friends, this coffee cake recipe is a crowd-pleaser.

Not only is this coffee cake delicious, it’s also easy to make. With simple ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, and eggs, this recipe can be whipped up in no time. Plus, the cinnamon apple aroma will fill your entire home as it bakes!

So why settle for plain old toast or cereal for breakfast when you can indulge in a slice of warm apple coffee cake? Follow along with this recipe and get ready for a delicious beginning to your day.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

One Apple Coffee Cake
One Apple Coffee Cake

If you love warm and comforting apple desserts, this Apple Coffee Cake recipe is a must-try. This coffee cake truly hits the spot for all those seeking a perfect combination of flavors and textures.

What makes this Apple Coffee Cake recipe so special? It has a buttery, cinnamon-scented crumbly streusel topping and juicy bits of fresh diced apples throughout the moist cake. The aroma alone will leave your taste buds tingling.

One of my favorite parts about this cake is that it can be enjoyed not only as dessert but also you can have a slice for breakfast paired with a cup of coffee. Imagine savoring the rich and flavorful taste of apple-cinnamon coffee cake that gives you the energy boost needed to power through a busy day at work.

Moreover, the ingredients list is straightforward and simple making it easy to follow along for even novice bakers out there. Whether you’re looking to impress friends at brunch or simply craving an easy apple dessert, this Apple Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect go-to choice.

So if you’re looking for comfort food with minimal fuss, make sure to give this recipe a try. I promise that once you take a bite of this delicious Apple Coffee Cake, it will become one of your new favorites!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite!
A slice of heaven in every bite!

Let’s gather what we need ###

Here are the things you’ll need to make this delicious apple coffee cake recipe:

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 stick (½ cup) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 medium apples, diced small (¼ inch dice)
  • ⅓ cup of raisins

Streusel/Crumble Topping Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, melted
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Note: You can also add a pinch of nutmeg or ginger for extra spice.

This recipe calls for some easily accessible ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. So, double check your pantry and hit the store if you’re missing anything!

The Recipe How-To

 Fall in love with this apple coffee cake!
Fall in love with this apple coffee cake!

Now that you have your ingredients ready, it’s time to start baking the One Apple Coffee Cake. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a delicious and moist cake that will become your new favorite.

Step 1: Preparing the Apples

Before starting with the cake batter, you must first prepare the apples. Peel and dice three medium-sized apples into small ¼ inch cubes using a sharp knife or apple peeler. Set aside approximately 1 ½ cups worth of diced apples, making sure to remove any seeds or core.

Step 2: Making the Cake Batter

Now that your apples are ready, it is time to make the cake batter. In a large bowl, cream together 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temperature and ½ cup of sugar until fluffy and well combined. Add in 2 large eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, mix in 1 tsp of vanilla extract and set aside.

In another bowl, mix together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/4 tsp of salt, and 1 tsp of ground cinnamon. Gradually add this dry mixture to the creamed butter mixture, stirring until just combined.

Step 3: Adding the Apples

Once the batter is ready, gently fold in the diced apples to distribute evenly. I usually toss my diced apples in some flour before folding into the batter, so they don’t sink to the bottom during baking.

Step 4: Layering and Topping

Now let’s put everything together! Prepare an 8-inch baking dish by lightly greasing it with cooking spray or butter. Pour half the cake batter into the dish and spread it evenly.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 tsp of ground cinnamon to create the crumble topping. Sprinkle half of the topping over the batter in the baking dish.

Add the rest of the cake batter to the dish, and then sprinkle the remaining crumble topping on top of it evenly.

Step 5: Baking

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Once done, remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving warm.

Enjoy your delicious and moist One Apple Coffee Cake with a cup of coffee or tea.

Substitutions and Variations

 A delicious way to start your day.
A delicious way to start your day.

As a barista, I know that sometimes making substitutions or variations to a recipe can take your coffee game to the next level. Here are some suggestions for switching up this one apple coffee cake recipe:

– Swap out the apples for pears, berries or even bananas for a different flavor profile.

– Substitute the raisins for cranberries, currants or chopped nuts for some added texture and crunch.

– Make the cake gluten-free by using almond flour or coconut flour instead of all-purpose flour. You may need to adjust the baking time, so keep an eye on it while it’s in the oven.

– To lighten things up a bit, replace some of the butter with unsweetened applesauce or Greek yogurt. This will reduce the calorie count and make it a tad healthier.

– If you’re looking for a more indulgent treat, try making an apple crisp topping instead of the streusel. Mix together melted butter, brown sugar, flour and oats until crumbly, then sprinkle over the cake batter before baking.

– For those in a hurry and wants something easy to make, one quick swap could be Bisquick – this should save you quite a bit of time!

– Lastly, why not try adding some spices such as nutmeg or allspice to give it that extra warm and cozy flavor.

These variations can give you a whole new experience with your apple coffee cake recipe. Have fun experimenting and finding what works best for your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 Warm your belly and your soul with this homemade favorite.
Warm your belly and your soul with this homemade favorite.

This apple coffee cake is the perfect treat for any occasion! Whether you want to impress guests at brunch, serve it as a midday snack, or enjoy it with a cup of coffee in the afternoon, this recipe won’t let you down.

To serve this delicious cake, simply cut it into slices and plate each piece individually. To bring out the warm apple-cinnamon flavors, adding a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream can be an excellent pairing. Slicing up some fresh apples and drizzling them with honey or caramel syrup can make a fantastic topping, too.

If you like to experiment with different tastes, try serving this cake with a delicious cinnamon coffee to complement the cinnamon used in the recipe. The creamy texture and rich tones of an almond milk latte would also go perfectly with the sweet flavors of the apple coffee cake.

Lastly, suppose you are hosting guests or throwing a party. In that case, this apple coffee cake pairs well with other brunch staples like scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, and fruit salad. Alternatively, serve it alongside savory items like quiches, frittatas, and breakfast sandwiches for a well-rounded meal.

Whatever way you choose to serve it, this apple coffee cake is guaranteed to bring warmth to your soul and keep your taste buds coming back for more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Evokes memories of autumn mornings and cozy sweaters.
Evokes memories of autumn mornings and cozy sweaters.

As a barista with a love for baking, I understand the importance of preparing ahead and saving time in the kitchen. That’s why I’m excited to share my tips for making this delicious apple coffee cake recipe ahead of time.

To make this cake ahead of time, simply prepare it as directed in the recipe and let it cool completely. Once cooled, tightly wrap it with plastic wrap and aluminum foil or store in an airtight container. It can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

When it’s time to serve, you can reheat the entire cake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes. You can also slice and individually reheat slices in the microwave or toaster oven for a quick and easy breakfast or snack.

If you find yourself with leftover cake, don’t worry! This apple coffee cake is just as delicious the next day. Simply store it as directed above or freeze individual slices for later use. To freeze, wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy a slice from the freezer, simply remove it from the packaging and let it thaw at room temperature for about an hour before reheating as desired.

By following these simple storing and reheating tips, you can enjoy this scrumptious apple coffee cake anytime – without having to spend extra time in the kitchen!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Friends and family will be begging for the recipe.
Friends and family will be begging for the recipe.

If you want to bake the best apple coffee cake, following the recipe is not enough; you need to know some tips and tricks along the way. Here are some tips that will help you achieve a perfect result for your apple coffee cake.

First, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking. When baking, ingredients such as eggs and butter will combine better when they are at room temperature. If you use cold ingredients, they will create lumps in your batter, affecting the texture and taste of your apple coffee cake.

Second, do not overmix the batter. When mixing the dry and wet ingredients together, use a gentle hand to combine them. Overmixing causes gluten formation, which can make your cake tough and unpleasant. Mix until all ingredients are just combined.

Third, use fresh ingredients, especially the apples in your cake. Fresh apples will have more flavor and hold their shape better while baking. If you use old or overly-soft apples, they will become mushy when baked and affect the overall texture of your cake.

Fourth, do not skip or reduce the amount of baking powder in the recipe. The baking powder gives your apple coffee cake its rise and lightness. Reducing this ingredient can result in a dense cake that doesn’t rise properly.

Fifth, preheat your oven to the right temperature before baking your apple coffee cake. It’s important to bake your cake at the right temperature so that it cooks evenly and fully. For this recipe, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lastly, when it’s time to add the streusel topping (if desired), sprinkle it evenly on top of your apple coffee cake batter. Do not mix it into the batter as it will sink while baking.

By following these tips for perfect results, you can ensure that your apple coffee cake turns out delicious every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this apple coffee cake recipe is perfect for any occasion, from a cozy Sunday morning breakfast to a special dessert for a family gathering. The balance of the moist cake with the sweet and crumbly streusel topping, combined with the delicious cinnamon apple flavor, will leave your taste buds craving more. With easy-to-find ingredients and clear instructions, this recipe is perfect for beginner bakers and experienced pros alike. Don’t hesitate to make it your own with substitutions or variations – this recipe is versatile and adjustable to your preferences.

Overall, I highly recommend trying out this recipe for yourself. You won’t regret it! So preheat that oven to 350 degrees, gather your ingredients, and get to baking. Your friends and family will thank you for the delicious treat that you have created. And don’t forget to try making it with a cup of your favorite coffee for the ultimate apple cinnamon coffee experience.

One Apple Coffee Cake

One Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

I combined several recipes and memories of a recipe my mom used to make for this one.It's close to the original,but not as sweet.Without the oil,it's probably a little healthier too.It's called "One" apple,but one isn't quite enough.I substituted Crisco for the butter per pkg. instructions.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cake
Calories 534.6 kcal


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • Prehear oven to 350 deg.
  • Grease a 9 by 13 inches baking dish.(I used glass).
  • Beat eggs,sugar,butter,vanilla & apple sauce in lge.bowl with mixer on med. spd. until well blended. Add flour,cinnamon,baking soda and salt gradually & mix until well blended.
  • Stir in raisins.
  • Spread batter evenly in pan.Push apple wedges into batter in three rows lengthwise-not touching.
  • Bake for 35 minute or until toothpick inserted in middle come out clean.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 127gCalories: 534.6kcalCarbohydrates: 71.9gProtein: 7.1gFat: 25.4gSaturated Fat: 15.2gCholesterol: 140.3mgSodium: 501.3mgFiber: 2.7gSugar: 34.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Inexpensive, Weeknight
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