Apple Coffee Cake

If you are looking for an amazing apple coffee cake, this is the one! You can make this cake and feel like you got it straight from a bakery.

a slice of apple coffee cake with crumb topping on a plate.

What makes this apple crumb 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.

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.

Between the delicious butter, cinnamon, and freshly sliced apple flavors, you cannot go wrong with this apple streusel coffee cake. It has that wonderful cinnamon crumble topping that gives the cinnamon apple crumb cake a wonderful crunch.

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Ingredients

Don’t shy away from this recipe because it has a few ingredients. You will not regret making this apple coffee cake, especially when you are dipping it in some freshly brewed coffee.

Here’s a handy list of ingredients you need for apple coffee cake:

  • Egg yolk
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
apple coffee cake ingredients.

Substitutions to Fit Your Diet

If you want to make this gluten-free, you can substitute the flour for King Arthurs’s Gluten-free Measure for Measure flour or almond flour instead of all-purpose flour.

You can use almond milk instead of dairy milk.

Which apple is best for baking?

It is well known that Granny Smith apples are great for baking. There are a few reasons for this: 

  • Granny Smith apples are a little tart, so they balance out the sweetness from the rest of the desert. 
  • They are crisper than other apples, so when they are baking they do not break down and become mushy. Rather, they keep their shape and soften nicely. 

You can also use your favorite apple that has that crisper texture to make sure that you get a tasty apple coffee cake.

More About Baking Apples

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!

Do you need to peel the apples?

It depends on the recipe. Some call for keeping the skin on and others require peeling.

This coffee cake recipe works best if the apples have been peeled. However, you can keep the peel on if you like that type of texture for your dessert.

How to Make Coffee Cake with Apples

  1. In a medium-size bowl, mix together the egg yolk, sugar, and soft butter.
  2. Then, add the flour, baking powder, and milk and continue stirring until it is all combined.
  3. Spread the cake batter on the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan (or 8×8-inch square pan), making sure it is spread out evenly. 
apple coffee cake batter in a pan.
  1. Place the pan in the oven and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes. Then remove the pan from the oven. After the cake has cooled, sprinkle it with powdered sugar.
  2. To make the apple filling, mix together the apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Then, spread this mixture evenly over the cooled cake.
  3. Lastly, mix the soft butter, flour, sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl until they are well combined—but don’t overwork it.
  4. Spread the crumble topping over the apples, place the pan in the oven, and bake for about 1 hour.
crumb topping on apple coffee cake.
  1. Place the pan in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
apple coffee cake with crumb topping slice on a plate.

How to Store and Reheat Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

You can store this cake at room temperature. Just make sure to cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It is best served at room temperature, or even heated up a bit.

Does Apple Crumb Cake need to be refrigerated?

No, this cake does not need to be refrigerated. It doesn’t have a high dairy content, so it doesn’t require the fridge.

Can You Freeze Apple Coffee Cake?

This apple cake can be frozen for up to 3 months.

For easy serving, you can cut it up and freeze each piece individually.

When you want some coffee cake, pull a piece out of the freezer and let it thaw on the counter. Or, you can wrap the whole cake in plastic wrap and foil and freeze.

overhead view of apple coffee cake with crumb topping and apples.

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a slice of apple coffee cake with crumb topping on a plate.

Apple Coffee Cake

You can make an amazing apple coffee cake with cinnamon apple filling and streusel crumb topping with this easy recipe.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple, Apple Coffee Cake, Coffee Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 314kcal


Cake Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • grease for the pan (shortening or butter)

Apple Filing

  • 8 apples, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumb Topping

  • 1/4 pound butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan or an 8×8-inch square baking pan.

Cake Base

  • In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and egg yolk.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and milk, and mix well.
  • Spread the dough to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan, but keep the oven at 350°F.
  • Once the cake has cooled, sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

Apple Filling

  • Mix all the apple filling ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Spread this mixture over the cooled cake in the pan.

Butter Crumb Topping

  • Mix all the butter crumb topping ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Spread the topping over the apple filling in the pan.
  • Bake for about 1 hour. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean it is done, if the toothpick comes out with batter on it, place back into the heated oven and cook for an additional 5 minutes before testing again.


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

Thanks to Karen Ann for sharing this cake recipe.

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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  1. Marta Lestrange

    1 star
    THE RECIPE IS WRITTEN INCORRECTLY. The baking time for the dough is 10 minutes, NOT 1 hour!

    This website needs to be updated.

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