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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

The Recipe: 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. With that irresistible crumb topping, I know this coffee cake is a winner!

  2. Hi Liz, coffee cakes are my favorite breakfast treat, love the apples that you added.

  3. I love a cake with a streusel topping. With the apples, this is perfect for your autumn. It’s cold and rainy (pouring, pouring, pouring) here today and I wouldn’t mind a slice of this warm with a bit of cream xx

  4. It’s highly unlikely that there would be any left the next day! Love it!

  5. I could definitely eat a couple of pieces right now for breakfast. It looks like a good breakfast with all that apple in it. Well… we need to get fruit for breakfast and I want to do it this way. 🙂

  6. What a delicious coffee cake! I surely can’t resist anything with streusel topping.

  7. Hello lovely Liz… this is my type of coffee cake, love the flavours! My apologies that I haven’t been dropping in as regularly… I still love your work… and see all you do…. am working on a family memoir with recipes at present… take care xx

  8. I should try this cake for my husband…. apple desserts are his favorites

  9. A great coffee cake. i love apple treats at this time of year and this one look like it would hit the spot. No glaze removes some of the guilt but love your addition of ginger. Have a great weekend Liz

  10. Crumb cakes are the best and I’m sure they are phenomenal with apples! Yum!

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