Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

This apple crumb coffee cake tastes like the one does from Dixie Lee Bakery in New Jersey. Sadly we aren’t all in the area, but we can make a similar delicious homemade coffee cake like they do.

a slice of apple coffee cake made with fresh apples and a cup of coffee

What makes this apple coffee cake so good?

Are you looking for the perfect easy coffee cake recipe? Can I just say this breakfast delight has three different layers? The bottom layer is like a buttery soft shortbread. The apples have just the right amount of sweetness and cinnamon, and this all is topped off with a buttery crumb topping you are going to love. One bite and you are going to want to make the recipe again and again.

Make your own Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

This recipe is not difficult the different layers makes this recipe unique. The bottom layer is a shortbread-like bottom. You will combine the bottom layer and press it into the pan.

Bottom layer of this coffee cake contains flour, sugar, butter and one egg yolk, it is pressed into a pan.

Apples are peeled and sliced. Sugar and a touch of cinnamon are added for flavor. This layer of apples will rest on the bottom layer of the coffee cake.

Apples peeled, and cut into small pieces with cinnamon and sugar

A buttery crumb topping is made and placed on top of the apples. This crumb topping is sweetened with sugar and flavored with cinnamon.

The butter crumb topping is added to the apple coffee cake.

What types of apples should you use for baking?

Did you know that some apples are made for baking, and others are best for snacking on? Baking apples tend to hold up better to heat, and the flavors become richer in the cooking process. Here are five apples you should be reaching for when you want to bake with apples.

  • Jonagold – bake up wonderfully sweet, tend to be available in the fall.
  • Honeycrisp – these apples bake up firm, making them perfect for apple dumplings
  • Braeburn – known for baking up juicy, not mushy.
  • Winesap – intense, rich and flavorful.
  • Pink Lady – the perfect combination of a crisp, sweet, and tart apple

Do you need to reach out for one of these apples to make this amazing coffee cake? No, but you will be rewarded if you do!

homemade coffee cake with sliced cinnamon apples and a buttery crumb topping

a slice of apple coffee cake made with fresh apples and a cup of coffee

Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

You can make an amazing apple crumb coffee cake. 
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple, Coffee Cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 314kcal


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 pound soft butter
  • 5 tablespoons milk

Apple Filing

  • 8 apples sliced and peeled
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumb Topping

  • 1/4 pound soft butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


Cake Directions

  • In the bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and egg. Add the dry ingredients and add milk. Mix well. 
  • Grease a 9 inch springform pan, or a 8 x 8-inch square baking pan.
  • Spread this dough to cover the bottom of the pan.
  •  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar when cooled.

Apple Filling

  • Mix all together in a bowl. Now, spread this mixture over the dough in the pan.

Butter Crumb Topping

  • Mix the crumb topping ingredients, and spread over the apples in the pan.
  • Bake for about 1 hour.

Recipe Tips for the Cook

Thanks to Karen Ann for sharing this cake recipe.


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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