Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake | Creme De La Crumb


Nothing brings cozy Fall vibes like a piece of Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake. Made with fresh apples and buttery cinnamon streusel topping. 

up close cinnamon coffee cake with streusel filling

Want all the coffee cake ideas? Try my: Cinnamon Pecan, Good Morning Crumb, and Cinnamon Swirl Monkey Bread cake varieties! 

We’ve been doing a lot of long weekend trips this summer out and around Utah. There’s just sooooooo much gorgeousness to explore in my own home state, I can’t believe we’ve never done this before.

But even when we’re staying in a different place, I still try to keep a sense of normalcy to our routines. An easy way to do that is to keep our slow mornings, letting everyone sleep in (as much as little ones will) and waking up to all the breakfast smells like this delightful apple cinnamon coffee cake! No one can have a grumpy morning when they’ve got this coffee cake to start their day! 

one piece of crumb cake with glaze on top on a small plate with fork

Why this Recipe Works

Here’s a few reasons why this cinnamon coffee cake just works so well for any occasion! 

Make anywhere — Yes, I even make this recipe on vacation! You don’t need to take your whole pantry with you; you can make the streusel and glaze ahead of time, pack the dry ingredients together, pack up the other measured-out ingredients, and simply cut up the apples and put it all together in the morning. 

Not only seasonal  — This isn’t one of those recipes that depends on in-season produce. Apples are available year-round! Just pick your favorite variety and get to baking. 

Perfect for potlucks — Or brunches, lunches, dessert, snacks…you name it, this apple coffee cake bakes up easily, and is portable and stable enough to take to whatever event you’re attending. 

CustomizableSwap sour cream for Greek yogurt, add pecan pieces or coconut flakes to the topping, toss some leftover berries in with the apples, get creative with however you’d like to bake this apple cake. 

one piece of partially eaten brunch cake on a plate with fork

Here’s How you Make it

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9 x 13″ baking pan, then follow the rest of the directions in order: 

Making the streusel

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. 
  2. Cut the chilled butter cubes into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs
  3. Cover and chill the streusel until it’s ready to use. 

a collage of four images showing coffee cake batter being prepared

Making the cake

  1. Toss diced apples with 2 tablespoons of flour to coat, then set them aside. 
  2. Get out a large bowl and add to it the butter and sugar, creaming together until light and fluffy
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the 3 ⅔ cup of flour, salt, and baking powder
  5. Add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Then add half of the milk, then the rest of the flour, then the rest of the milk, mixing just enough to incorporate between each add. 
  6. Stir in the diced apples
  7. Spread the cake batter into the prepared pan. 
  8. Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the cake batter. 
  9. Put the apple cinnamon coffee cake into the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a bit. 

collage of four images showing ingredients for coffee cake in glass bowl and preparation

Making the glaze

  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla for the glaze. 
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled (but still warm) coffee cake. 
  3. Serve! 

overhead view of half of a white casserole dish filled with brown streusel topping

Do I Have to Peel Apples for Baking?

No, you don’t have to peel the apples before dicing and baking, but I prefer to leave the skin off as you’ll have some pieces with and some without skin and I prefer the texture of the apples to be consistent all the way through my coffee cake with every bite. But it’s totally up to you if you want to leave them on go for it. 

overhead view of two plates with pieces of cake and 1/4 of a baking dish with more cake

Expert Tips

  • If you choose to make the glaze ahead of time for traveling purposes (near or far), store the glaze in the fridge till you’re ready to use it. Then, microwave it in 10-second intervals (stirring in between) until it’s warmed up enough to pour over the still-warm cake. 
  • If you want to add nuts to the topping, I would recommend no more than ¼ cup of chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts mixed into the streusel before baking. 
  • If you’d prefer to make apple cinnamon coffee cake muffins, mix all ingredients as directed. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin and preheat the oven to 350. Add ingredients as listed, cake then strudel, dividing evenly among muffin cups (you may not use all 12). Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one muffin comes out clean. Let cool slightly before glazing and serving. 
  • No apples? No problem. Just leave them out! With or without them this is the BEST cinnamon coffee cake you’ll ever eat. 

up close bite of crumb cake on a fork

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up close cinnamon coffee cake with streusel filling

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 12 servings

Prepare the Streusel

  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

  • Cut chilled butter cubes into the flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Prepare the Cake

  • Toss apples with 2 tablespoons flour to coat and set aside.

  • In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugars and light and fluffy.

  • Mix in the eggs, vanilla and sour cream.

  • Whisk together the 3 2/3 cup flour, salt, and baking powder.

  • Add half of flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Mix in half of milk, then remaining flour mixture, followed by remaining milk (being careful not to over-mix at any point).

  • Gently stir apples into cake batter.

  • Carefully spread the cake batter into the prepared pan.

  • Sprinkle streusel mixture over the cake batter.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool until just warm.

  • Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla for the glaze. Drizzle over cooled coffee cake and serve.

  • If you choose to make the glaze ahead of time for traveling purposes (near or far), store the glaze in the fridge till you’re ready to use it. Then, microwave it in 10-second intervals (stirring in between) until it’s warmed up enough to pour over the still-warm cake. 
  • If you want to add nuts to the topping, I would recommend no more than ¼ cup of chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts mixed into the streusel before baking. 
  • If you’d prefer to make apple cinnamon coffee cake muffins, mix all ingredients as directed. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin and preheat the oven to 350. Add ingredients as listed, cake then strudel, dividing evenly among muffin cups (you may not use all 12). Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one muffin comes out clean. Let cool slightly before glazing and serving. 
  • No apples? No problem. Just leave them out! With or without them this is the BEST cinnamon coffee cake you’ll ever eat. 

Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 504mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 747IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 3mg

 



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