Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake

A delicious cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake with a surprise layer of cream cheese filling, and a simple streusel crumb topping. Serve the cake with a side of coffee for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert.

There are three layers to love with this apple coffee cake: a tender, moist, homemade apple cake, cream cheese filling, and cinnamon streusel topping! It’s extra moist, thanks to the addition of sour cream in the batter–just like my favorite Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

You’ll notice the cake ingredients don’t actually include “coffee”! A “coffee cake” is a pastry that is served alongside a cup of coffee. So grab a warm beverage and cozy up with this delicious sweet treat!

How to make Apple Coffee Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease an 8×8 inch pan. (You could double the recipe and bake in a 9×13 inch pan).
  • Streusel topping: Combine all the streusel topping ingredients in a small bowl. Mix with a fork, or your fingers, until the mixture resembles crumbs. Set aside.
  • Cake: In a large bowl beat together 1/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Stir flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Add to the butter mixture and stir to combine.
  • Prepare apples and fold into the batter. (I peel my apples using a johnny apple peeler to peel and slice all at once, but you can leave the peels on, if preferred.) Pour batter into prepared baking dish and smooth into an even layer.
  • Cream cheese filling: Use electric mixers to mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Spread over the cake batter in the pan.
  • Sprinkle streusel topping over the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving. That will give the cake and cream cheese layer some time to set up so that when you cut into the cake you’ll have those three gorgeous layers: apple cake, cream cheese filling and streusel topping.

Apple Coffee Cake

Freezing Instructions: Allow the cake to cool completely. Cover tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Apple Coffee Cake

CONSIDER TRYING THESE FAVORITES:

  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake
  • Cinnamon Roll Cake
  • German Pancakes
  • Apple Crisp
  • Apple Pancakes

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Apple Coffee Cake

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Apple Coffee Cake

A delicious cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake with a surprise layer of cream cheese filling, and a simple streusel crumb topping.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 424kcal
Author Lauren Allen
Cost 5

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream , or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Granny Smith apples , peeled and diced

Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

Streusel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cold, diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans , optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease an 8×8 inch pan.
  • Streusel topping: Combine all the streusel topping ingredients in a small bowl. Mix with a fork, or your fingers, until the mixture resembles crumbs. Set aside.
  • Cake: In a large bowl beat together 1/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Stir flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Add to the butter mixture and stir to combine. 
  • Fold apples into the batter. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and smooth into an even layer.
  • Cream cheese filling: Use electric mixers to mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Spread over the cake batter in the pan.
  • Sprinkle streusel topping over the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Freezing Instructions: Allow the cake to cool completely. Cover tightly and freeze for up to 3 months. Allow to come to room temperature before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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I originally shared this recipe September 2017. Updated October 2020.

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