Chock full of fruit and spice, this apple ginger coffee cake will dazzle your friends and family.
The Hit of the Party: Apple Ginger Coffee Cake
My sister, Maddy, flew in from Denver to have an art show at my house. She left her paintings behind and set up a display of her repurposed jewelry, plates, coasters, note cards and bags. I, of course, cooked up a storm. This apple ginger coffee cake drew the most recipe requests of all the brunch treats I served, a sure sign of a winner. With chunks of apples, crystallized ginger and two (yes, TWO) layers of streusel, it will be a winner at your house, too.
Celebrate Fall by Baking with Apples
Moist, and chock full of apples, ginger and spices, this shouts Autumn Has Arrived! Don’t go overboard with the apples. One medium apple is perfect. Any more and the cake will be too wet…still tasty, but not as perfect as it could be. Perfect for breakfast or brunch with just a dusting of powdered sugar, but this coffee cake could also be served for dessert with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Mmmm…that is making me hungry. It might be time to bake another.
A Few More Goodies from the Menu (stay tuned for the recipes):
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons flour
- ¼ cup butter
- ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts
- 2-1/4 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 medium Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Heat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-cup bundt pan and set aside.
- For the streusel, mix together the brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, flour, and butter with your fingers to make large crumbs. Mix in the walnuts and refrigerate until ready to use.
- To make the cake, whisk together the flour, ground ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the crystallized ginger and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add the sugars, continuing to beat until very light. Add the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well before adding the next. Alternately stir in the flour and the buttermilk, until the batter is just mixed. Do not over mix. Gently stir in the chopped apple.
- Pour half the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with a third of the streusel. Pour in the remaining batter and top with the remaining streusel.
- Bake until the top of the cake is firm (a skewer inserted in the center should come out clean), about 40 to 45 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then invert the cake onto a serving platter, dust with powdered sugar, and serve slightly warm or at room temperature.