This Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake with Streusel Crumb Topping is an easy recipe that is popular throughout the year, yet especially during the fall season.
This Coffee Cake Without Sour Cream is an ultimate comfort food. You can’t beat this delicious dessert served with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.
Coffee Cake typically doesn’t have coffee in it. This sweet breakfast cake is named because it pairs perfectly with a good cup of coffee.
Consider it one magical food that can double as a dessert, or a brunch or breakfast food.
My morning coffee isn’t the same without a piece of this easy coffee cake. You’ll just love this fluffy cake that has warm notes of vanilla, tender bits of warm apple, and a brown sugar streusel.
When mornings are a little chaotic, having classic coffee cake on hand as a grab and go option is always welcome. Much like our Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins.
Recipe Ingredients + Notes
This moist cake recipe takes the following simple ingredients. As always the full directions for this Apple Coffee Cake Recipe are on the printable recipe card below.
Unsalted Butter – For the soft and buttery cake and crumb. Make sure cake butter is room temperature, and you have melted butter for the topping. If you only have salted butter, omit salt from the recipe.
Whole Eggs – For best results use room temperature eggs, which give the cake structure.
Vanilla Extract – That warm vanilla flavor is so cozy.
Milk – I either use whole milk or 2% milk, yet any fat percentage dairy milk will do.
Granulated Sugar and Brown Sugar – Both sweeten the cake and the streusel topping.
Flour – Use all purpose flour.
Baking Powder – To assist in the rise, and for it to be fluffy and light.
Salt – to combat the sweet, yet omit if using salted butter.
Ground Cinnamon – For that warm spiced flavor.
How to Make the Best Coffee Cake Recipe
The first thing to do when making this Apple Coffee Cake recipe is to bring the butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature. Do this by leaving them on the counter for 1-2 hours.
Then preheat the oven to 350F, and grease a 9×13 baking dish with a piece of butter.
- Place the room temperature butter and both white and brown sugar into a large bowl.
- Combine with a spatula first so the sugar doesn’t spray out. Then use an Electric Mixer on low speed then medium speed, to cream your mixture until light and fluffy.
- Add one egg at a time and use a whisk to mix after each addition.
- Add the vanilla extract and combine again.
- In a different medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Then, add ⅓ of the dry ingredients into the egg mixture bowl. Stir to combine, and add ¼ cup of milk and combine.
Follow with ⅓ of flour mixture, stir, and then another ¼ cup of milk. Finish by combining the remaining flour. Set it aside.
- Prepare the apple crumble by mixing all the crumble ingredients in a separate bowl, until well combined.
- Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared pan, followed by ½ of the apple crumble. Then, add the rest of the batter and the remaining streusel on top.
- Bake the cake for 50-55 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool to room temperature before taking it out of the pan. For the size of the cake, it’s easier to slice it first and then transfer it one piece at a time.
To Serve: This Coffee Cake Without Sour Cream is great as is, yet you can also top the cake with ice cream or whipped cream. Yo can also top with fresh blueberries or strawberries.
Optional yet recommended: Make a glaze by mixing ¾ cup of powdered sugar with 1 tbsp of milk. Pour it over the cake before serving. It’s delicious!
Store leftovers at room temperature in a covered airtight container. It will keep for up to 3 days. It can be kept in the refrigerator for longer, yet it will usually dry out faster.
NOTE: It’s essential that butter, milk and egg cake ingredients are at room temperature when making this recipe. This is so that the butter and sugar emulsion don’t break when adding the eggs.
- Orange zest or lemon zest: The zest of 1-2 citrus fruits added into the cake batter will give a fresh subtle hint of those fruits.
- Nuts: A half cup of chopped pecans or walnuts added into the topping will give some added flavor and an extra crunchy topping.
- Chocolate: A half cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips added into the cake will give that warm chocolatey taste. Also try drizzling the cake with Homemade Nutella.
- Use eggnog instead of milk for a perfect holiday twist. Ideal for christmas morning.
- Try Banana instead of apple to make banana coffee cake
- Use Almond Extract or Maple Extract instead of vanilla as an option for different flavors.
- Spices: Add other spices such as a little pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg. I suggest no more than a teaspoon though, as these can be overpowering.
Can I Freeze this Recipe?
Yes! This is the perfect cake recipe to make in advance, or for freezing.
To freeze, make sure the cake has cooled completely on a wire rack first. I like to double wrap the cake before freezing, both in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To thaw this Coffee Cake Without Sour Cream, unwrap the cake and allow it to thaw naturally at room temperature.
Enjoy at room temperature or warm in the oven. I rewarm just enough to raise the temperature, without cooking it at all.
More Recipes to Try:
- Maple Apple Crisp
- Old Fashioned Black Raspberry Crisp
- Reese Crumble Cake Bars
- Pumpkin Bundt Cake
- Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake
Can I Use a Bundt Pan?
Yes you can use a Bundt Pan, yet note that bake time will vary based on the size pan. Once the cake has been baking for about 30 minutes, start checking the center of the cake with a toothpick to see if it’s done. Re-check as needed.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk, room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp powdered cinnamon
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 red apples, peeled and diced
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Then grease a 9x13 baking dish with a piece of butter.
- Place room temperature butter and both white and brown sugar in a large bowl. Combine with a spatula first (so the sugar doesn’t spray out), and then use an electric mixer to cream your mixture until light and fluffy.
- Add one egg at a time and use a whisk to mix after each addition. Next, add vanilla extract and combine.
- In a different bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Then, add ⅓ of the flour mixture into the egg mixture bowl. Stir to combine and add ¼ cup of milk and combine. Follow with ⅓ of flour, stir, and then another ¼ cup of milk. Finish by combining the remaining flour. Set it aside.
- Prepare the apple crumble by mixing all the crumble ingredients until well combined.
- Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared baking pan, followed by ½ of the apple crumble. Then, add the remaining batter and the crumble on top.
- Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick, comes out clean.
- Let it cool to room temperature before taking it out of the pan. For the size of the cake, it’s easier to slice it first and then transfer it one piece at a time.
- Note: it’s essential that ingredients are at room temperature so butter and sugar emulsion don’t break when adding the eggs. To bring butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature, you can leave them on the counter for 1-2 hours
- Optional: make . a glaze by mixing ¾ cup of powdered sugar with 1 tbsp of milk. Pour it over the cake before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 574Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 261mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 2gSugar: 54gProtein: 6g