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Apple Coffee Cake | Filled with chopped apples, warm spices and topped with a brown sugar and cinnamon streusel

Apple Coffee Cake

Apple coffee cake is the best fall recipe for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. I hosted a coffee for group of volunteers and baked up a couple treats to accompany the mulled cider, coffee and tea.

This Apple Coffee Cake with a Streusel Topping was a huge hit, filled with chopped apples and warm autumn spices.

Apple Coffee Cake slice on a white plate surrounded by fresh apples and cinnamon sticks

Apple Coffee Cake 

There’s nothing better than a sweet tender slice of coffee cake to nibble on while sipping on coffee and visiting with friends. This apple-filled cake, with its streusel topping, was perfect on a crisp autumn morning. Who doesn’t love the aroma of apples, cinnamon and ginger coming from the oven? I’d happily eat this as a snack or even dessert. Consider it a fabulous multi-purpose cake! As a bonus, it’s a breeze to make and is just as tasty the next day!

Apple Coffee Cake slice on a square white plate with cinnamon sticks
A Twist on Emeril’s Coffee Cake

I found the inspiration for this apple coffee cake recipe via The Food Network. Emeril’s version had sour cream, which almost always ensures a moist result. The addition of fruit helps immensely, too. I added some ginger to his original recipe and omitted his brown sugar glaze. The results were spectacular. This Apple Coffee Cake with a Streusel Topping is perfect for any holiday gathering!

Apple Coffee Cake | Filled with chopped apples, warm spices and topped with a brown sugar and cinnamon streusel from

Apple Coffee Cake

A marvelous coffee cake filled with apples and topped with streusel.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 servings


For cake:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples

For topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Grease a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the remaining stick of butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after the addition of each. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, 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 evenly with an offset spatula.
  3. To make the topping, in a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter, and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over the cake and bake until lightly browned and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool a bit before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g


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24 comments on “Apple Coffee Cake”

  1. It’s like two dessert in one, I like the idea of put a topping cumble, such a nice treat for coffee time!

  2. You’re so fortunate that you are able to participate in volunteer opportunities in your community, Liz. Someday I hope to be able to do the same. This is such a delicious cake that I know would be devoured by myself and (my) Bill. Thanks for sharing another tasty, sweet winning recipe! Hey, I wanted to let you know also, that I had some ‘spam’ problems and had to pay dearly for a company to work on my email. Among losing many blog subscriptions, I no longer receive your blog post emails. So I am going to re-subscribe and see if that works. Since this incident, I have had other food bloggers tell me that they too are not receiving my blog post emails. If this is happening to me, please let me know and re-subscribe. This is my only ‘non-techy’ way of solving this issue. Anyhow, I really have not received your posts and want you to know why I am “re-subscribing’ to sort of ‘jump-start’ my subscription back up! Hugs with hopes that all is well in Indy!

  3. I love baking with apples and I do love the smell of apples and cinnamon while they are baking. Your apple coffee cake looks wonderful.

  4. Mmmm. Your apple coffee cake does celebrate autumn perfectly…Believe I’d definitely prefer your streusel topping to the glaze =) P.s I marvel at and admire how you juggle so many activities =)

  5. I love an all purpose cake like this. Perfect for several different times of the day, what great flavours this cake must of had.

  6. I would love a slice with my coffee!

  7. Liz, this apple coffee cake is a stunner!!! looks so good and you can’t go wrong with a recipe from Emeril. . and love the sour cream!

  8. I can see those little chunks of apple and I can imagine a burst of flavor in every bite! This delish cake would be so perfect with my cuppa right now!

  9. Dear Lizzy, this apple cake is right up my alley. This sounds perfect…I would love a slice with warm cup of tea. xo, Catherine

  10. While I like all kinds of desserts, coffee cakes and pies always remind me of G-Mom-B. They are what she’d bake most often:@)

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