Apple Coffee Cake will be the perfect addition to your next brunch with its deliciously moist cake bursting with apples and sweet cinnamon streusel topping! 

A slice of Apple Coffee Cake on a saucer

Coffee Cake is traditionally served as an in-between meal snack, but I promise you this Apple Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping is perfect anytime! The evolution of the coffee cake was influenced by various cultures. What started as a humble yeast bun-like creation has blossomed into a decadent cake often bursting with fruit, spices, and crumbly toppings. Our easy Apple Coffee Cake brings all of those things together in perfect harmony!

The star attraction at many a brunch buffet, coffee cakes are always a crowd pleaser, and this Apple Coffee Cake recipe is no exception! This moist cake is wonderfully sweetened with a hint of spice from the cinnamon. Apple Coffee Cake with sour cream, like this recipe, has a lovely dense body while Apple Coffee Cake no sour cream included will tend to be slightly drier and lighter.

One of the best parts of Apple Coffee Cake with a crumble topping is the contrast in textures between the crumbly top and the moist cake. This recipe heaps on the topping for amazing flavor and texture! This Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake marries the classic flavors of apple and cinnamon with the feel-good comfort food of a decadent cake. It’s sure to be a family favorite for brunch, snack, or dessert!


  • The moist, sweet body of the cake
  • The crumble topping is beyond yummy
  • The textures of the topping and the cake mix perfectly
  • The apple flavor is the star of the show with just the right amount of spice




Apple Coffee Cake in a 9x13 baking dish

What is Apple Coffee Cake?

Coffee Cakes traditionally are a dense cake, often with a streusel topping. They earned their name by traditionally being served at coffee or tea time and initially were made as single-serving yeast rolls or buns. Today, they are often made with fruit and nuts.

Do Coffee Cakes Have Coffee In Them?

Some variations of Coffee Cake do include coffee but not typically. Coffee was included in some of the original recipes, but the modern version is more about being the perfect accompaniment to a steamy mug of coffee!

What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Apple Coffee Cake?

Apple Coffee Cake includes all of the typical cake ingredients- flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, vanilla, eggs, and butter. Sour cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course, apples are also on the list for this delicious cake.

Ingredients For Cake:

Prepared Ingredients for Apple Coffee Cake

Ingredients For Crumb Topping:

Prepared Ingredients for Apple Coffee Cake topping

If apples aren’t readily available, but you still want coffee cake, try switching up the apples for blueberries with our Blueberry Coffee Cake!

How Do You Make Apple Coffee Cake?

To create Apple Coffee Cake, you’ll first make the batter by creaming the butter, sugar, and eggs together before alternately adding the dry cake ingredients and the sour cream. Then, you’ll fold in the apples and pour into the pan. The cake is then partially baked. While it’s in the oven for its first round of baking, you’ll make the crumb topping, by combining the dry ingredients of the topping with the butter to make the crumble. Next, when it’s partially baked, you’ll pull it out of the oven and pile the crumble on top and then finish baking!

For the cake…

Step By Step How To Make Apple Coffee Cake

Step By Step: How To Make Apple Coffee Cake

1. Preheat oven. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
3. Add eggs one at a time. Mix until yellow disappears.
4. Add vanilla. Mix.
5. Add flour and sour cream alternately to the butter mixture.
6. Fold in the apples.
7. Pour batter in the baking dish. Spread evenly. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.

And lastly, the crumb toppings…

Step By Step How To Make Apple Coffee Cake Topping

Step By Step: How To Make Apple Coffee Cake Crumb Topping

1. Whisk sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add warm melted butter and stir.
2. Add flour and mix with a fork. Mix until clumps are formed. Set aside
3. Remove cake from the oven. Evenly spread crumb toppings (do not press it down) covering the partially baked cake completely. Return the cake in the oven and bake until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or for about 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack. (complete instructions below)

Apple Coffee Cake with crumble topping comes together easily, though it does require a bit of prep. I promise it’s worth every bit of the effort! You can make Apple Coffee Cake with cake mix. However, this simple, straightforward recipe results in a homemade moist, delicious cake. Why bother with a mix?



Apple Coffee Cake-With Crumb Topping

Apple Coffee Cake will be a perfect addition to your next brunch with its deliciously moist cake bursting with apples and sweet cinnamon streusel topping! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 741 kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 3/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Cups Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, and Chopped

Crumb Topping:

  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Warm Melted
  • 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour


  1. Spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing until yellow disappears. Mix in vanilla. 

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to cream mixture alternating with the sour cream until well combined. 

  4. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternating with the sour cream until well combined. Fold in the apples.

  5. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish, spread evenly with an offset spatula. 

  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, make the Topping. Whisk together both sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until combined. Add warm melted butter and stir until combined.

  8. Add flour and mix with fork until clumps form (topping should look a bit wet). Set aside.

  9. Remove cake from oven and spread crumb topping clumps (don't press them down) evenly over partially baked coffee cake, covering completely. Topping will be thick.

  10. Return to oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs (not batter). About 20-25 minutes.

  11. Cool on wire rack at least 30 minutes.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Apple Coffee Cake-With Crumb Topping
Amount Per Serving (1 /12 of the recipe)
Calories 741 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 363mg 15%
Potassium 227mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 105g 35%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 59g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 21.1%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 9.6%
Iron 18.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes Apple Coffee Cake:

Type Of Apples- There are dozens of types of apples, but they don’t all go well in cakes! I use Granny Smith apples because they are crisp and hold their shape and flavor when baking. Other varieties will work- just stay away from soft-bodied apples like the ‘Delicious’ family. They’ll fall apart and bake into the batter leaving unpleasant mushy spots!

Easy peeling- One of the most time-consuming parts of baking an Apple Coffee Cake involves preparing the apples. I love using a Johnny Apple Peeler to make the process easier! However, using a good ol’ hand peeler to remove the peel before slicing works just as well!

Crumb Topping- Our recipe makes a generous, thick crumb topping. To achieve a nice large crumb texture, as you mix the butter in, try to keep the mixture clumpy. Unlike most recipes, you don’t mix this one until smooth. As you top the batter with the crumbs, try to stack them up and avoid pressing them down into the batter.

A slice of Apple Coffee Cake with fork on a saucer

Pans: Our Apple Coffee Cake and the Apple Coffee Cake Emeril Lagasse makes are baked in a 9×13 pan. With a flat pan, we can get a lovely crumble on the top. Apple Coffee Cake bundt pan style doesn’t allow for that result, but it can make a nicely formed cake that you can glaze instead and top with crumble. The cake is delicious on its own, but the crumble takes it to a whole new level!

Can You Make Apple Coffee Cake Ahead Of Time?

Apple Coffee Cake stores well for a day or two. Storage times will vary depending on the temperature and storage container.

How Do You Freeze Apple Coffee Cake?

Apple Coffee Cake freezes well for a couple of months. Wrap the cake well in a couple of layers of cling wrap and then wrap tightly with foil. Don’t forget to label and date it unless you love 6-month-old mystery cake! Consider freezing individual portions in a similar manner for the perfect snack with your afternoon coffee.

What Do You Serve With Apple Coffee Cake?

Apple Coffee Cake will be a show-stopper at any brunch and can stand alone as a satisfying dessert or snack, especially paired with a cup of coffee or tea. When serving for brunch, fresh fruit and traditional egg dishes like a quiche or frittata are good ideas.  It also pairs beautifully with our Tater Tot Casserole!

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