Apple coffee cake is the ultimate fall dish. Moist, tender cake with diced apples folded in, a brown sugar-pecan swirl throughout, and an amazing cinnamon-sugar streusel on top. Oh, and don’t forget that maple-vanilla glaze.

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This apple coffee cake is the family fave. And that means that it’s the best apple coffee cake ever! At least in this house.

I always have it on hand in the fall because both Grey and Brian ask for it first thing in the morning (and Greyson always asks for another piece throughout the day). I think it’s because it’s so full of those fall spices and Grey knows when those spices come out that all his favorite days are coming. He’s already telling me his birthday is coming and talking about what he wants to be for Halloween. I swear this kid is growing up too fast.

But it’s insane that fall is already approaching. I’m sure you’re tired of me talking about it, but it’s just mind blowing. Wasn’t it just beginning to be spring and I was worried not enough people would have strawberries to make strawberry coffee cake muffins?

But…it’s also fantastic because fall is my favorite time of year! The start of the holiday season, Greyson’s birthday (he’s turning FOUR?!), the best food season EVER, THANKS-FREAKIN’-GIVING, I mean fall is the best!

Which is why I’m so excited to bring you fall recipes. Like this one. The ultimate chilly fall morning treat: apple coffee cake.

Coffee cake is like my downfall, I may get kidnapped by a coffee cake van. It’s moist, it’s usually got a crunchy topping, got a serious glaze going on, come on now. I can’t name one person who doesn’t like coffee cake.

Sour cream makes this cake so moist BUT THEN the apples also bring in some moisture and the nuts and the streusel topping give it some texture and crunch and literally, when I took my first bite, I did the cabbage patch. It was that serious. You need a cake that makes you cabbage patch in your life. This is that cake. It may even make you wanna slap your mama.

All of the ingredients you more than likely already have, sugar, flour, vanilla, apples, nuts, all that. And it’s just so easy to put together that this is my go-to for any fall get together we go to. Know that when September hits, I’m bringing a big plate of apple coffee cake every time I come around and I know for sure that I will not be bringing home any leftovers.

Don’t forget about the maple vanilla glaze, either. I Like adding a few pecans in it (just because I love them so much) but it’s optional. Your apple coffee cake, your rules.

Take a slice and sit out on your porch with a chai latte or some morning coffee. Welcome fall (even though it’s still like 90 degrees outside).

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Apple coffee cake is tender and moist, with a brown sugar-pecan swirl throughout, and cinnamon-sugar streusel on top. Don't forget that maple-vanilla glaze!
Apple Coffee Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Course: Baked Goods, Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Autumn
Servings: 24 slices
Apple Cake Batter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 favorite apples I used Pink Ladies, peeled and diced
Brown Sugar-Pecan Swirl
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter very cold and diced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Maple Vanilla Glaze
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cream or milk
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped pecans optional
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter or baking spray.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and both sugars in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in melted butter, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Fold apples in, then pour into prepared pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together all the brown sugar pecan swirl ingredients together well. Pour over batter, then swirl using a knife or fork.
  5. In another medium bowl, put all Streusel ingredients and use a fork, pastry cutter, or clean fingers, to blend ingredients until butter is pea sized and covered in the other ingredients. Sprinkle over the cake batter evenly and generously.
  6. Put pan in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. In a small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients using a whisk.
  8. Wait until coffee cake is completely cool to glaze and eat.

Another amazing fall baking masterpiece, pumpkin bread. I promise this recipe is the best ever.This pumpkin bread is the epitome of the fall season. It's full of that wonderful pumpkin flavor and autumn spices, but the best part can make it days ahead of when you need it, it just gets better and better each day.

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