For a delicious, easy coffee cake recipe try Apple Coffee Cake – Granny Smith apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon = warm, baked nirvana!

A slice of Apple Coffee Cake on a saucer

I don’t know about you, but I love starting my day with a warm, gooey, slightly sweet breakfast treat – like Apple Coffee Cake – along with a fantastic cup of coffee or tea. The sweetness gets my engines revving, while the hot beverage gets my brain in gear. The caffeine doesn’t hurt, either.

And one of my favorite things to have for breakfast is this awesome and healthy apple coffee cake. It’s goodness stems from apples and cinnamon, not tons of sugar. It warms my whole being from head to toe.

What is Coffee Cake?

Coffee Cake is a simple and delicious conceived for breakfast cake, it’s typically served with coffee.

It also makes a great afternoon snack, post-dinner dessert, evening snack – you get the idea.

It’s often adorned with a drizzle or crumb topping highlighting the nutmeg, cinamon, and apple flavors in the cake.

Apple Coffee Cake in a 9x13 baking dish

How to Make Apple Coffee Cake?

In this recipe you’ll see how to make Apple Coffee Cake bundt in just a few simple steps.

First, you’ll need three mixing bowls, your baking sheet, and your trusty timer. Prep your baking pan, then cream together the butter and sugar, add in eggs, and vanilla. In the second bowl, you’ll mix together the dry ingredients. Then, you’ll take that dry mix and alternate with the sour cream into the creamy butter mix.

While the batter is baking, whisk together the crumble topping. Then, remove the cake from the oven, sprinkle on that crumble topping, and finish baking. Easy and delicious Apple Coffee Cake with sour cream coming up!

Ingredients For Cake:

Prepared Ingredients for Apple Coffee Cake


Ingredients For Crumb Topping:

Prepared Ingredients for Apple Coffee Cake topping


Step By Step: How To Make Apple Coffee Cake

Mixing butter and sugar in a mixing bowl

1. Preheat oven. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.


Egg is added in the butter-sugar mixture

2. Add eggs one at a time. Mix until yellow disappears.


Vanilla is added in the butter-sugar mixture

3. Add vanilla. Mix.


Whisking all dry ingredients for Apple Coffee Cake

4. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.


Mixing butter mixture, sour cream, and flour mixture

5. Add flour and sour cream alternately to the butter mixture.


Adding diced green apples in batter

6. Fold in the apples.


Pouring batter in a baking dish

7. Pour batter in the baking dish. Spread evenly. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.


And lastly, the crumb toppings…

Mixing all ingredients for crumb topping

1 . Whisk sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add warm melted butter and stir.


Adding flour in the crumb topping mixture

2. Add flour and mix with a fork. Mix until clumps are formed. Set aside


Sprinkling crumb topping on top of baked Apple Coffee Cake

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)


Can You Make This Easy Coffee Cake Recipe Ahead of Time?

You absolutely can make Easy Coffee Cake Recipe ahead of time! Sleep in, you don’t have to early just to enjoy this for breakfast.

I generally whip it up later in the eve, pulling it out before drifting off into apple-dappled dreams. In the morning, I pop it in the oven on the warming setting about 10 minutes before serving.

What Do You Serve with the Best Coffee Cake Recipe?

The best coffee cake recipe is only a part of the morning meal or afternoon tea party line-up. You’ll want to serve a hot beverage or two and some sides packed with protein to flesh out the meal. Some suggested accompaniments:

A selection in various coffee or teas to compliment the flavors of the cake.. For example, Orange Pekoe tea draws out the cinnamon and apple flavors of the sour cream Apple Coffee cake bundt.  Consider pairing this with some protein to balance the carbs.

Or make a meal out of it by serving with Bisquick Breakfast Casserole – chock full of protein and veggies – or Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole full of bacon, green onions, and two kinds of cheese. If you don’t have any sausage or bacon on hand, you could make a creamy Hashbrown Casserole instead.

More Amazing Coffee Cake Recipes to Try Next

Now that you’ve made this awesome raw apple coffee cake, you should check out some more amazing coffee cake recipes to try next time you want to throw a breakfast feast:

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry Coffee Cake is a scrumptious, sweet treat! The blueberries and sour cream highlight its rich, deliciousness (and frozen berries work year round).

Raspberry Coffee Cake

The sweet-tart tang of raspberries works well. Bake Raspberry Coffee Cake and enjoy the glorious richness while sipping a cup of vanilla bean coffee or Earl Grey tea.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon coffee cake is the traditional classic of breakfast cakes to serve with tea and coffee. Consider pairing with Colombian and Guatemalan coffee.

Bisquick Coffee Cake

Bisquick Coffee Cake is perfect for a base to drizzle caramel, chocolate, vanilla, or other toppings on. Toss on some fresh fruit of the season. Any topping is a winner.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

You might not immediately think sour cream, but it makes for an enticing, tangy and sweet breakfast bake. Whip up this sour cream coffee cake and you won’t regret it!

A slice of Apple Coffee Cake with fork on a saucer

Apple Coffee Cake Recipe Notes

No surprise, I’ve got a few helpful Apple Coffee Cake recipe notes that might help make this delightful choice even better for you and your family.

With flour be sure to measure out ingredients precisely. Your cake can turn out dry because of just a little too much flour in the mix. You can use the scoop-and-sweep method using a measuring cup and knife to get the exact measurement.

Beware, most ovens run at different temperatures. No one know your oven better you. And different elevations can affect baking times. Overbaking by even a minute or two can ruin the texture of your coffee cake.

Whether for portion control or presentation apple coffee cake muffins work all day long. Beak out your muffin pan and prepare accordingly.

Many say apple coffee cake with buttermilk adds moisture and a bit of zing. Worth noting, buttermilk affects different baked goods in different ways – often better.

The Apple Coffee Cake Bisquick variation will provide a little denser texture than traditional bleached flour..

For a mildly healthier Apple Coffee Cake variation switch out the standard white flour for whole wheat flour (texture and bake times will be different).

Not fond of the tartness of Granny Smith apples, you can substitute them for Gala, Fuji, or Yellow Delicious apples instead – that said Granny Smiths hold their texture best during baking

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A slice of Apple Coffee Cake on a saucer
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Apple Coffee Cake

For a delicious, easy coffee cake recipe try our Apple Coffee Cake - Granny Smith apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon = warm, baked nirvana!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
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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Nutrition Facts
Apple Coffee Cake
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.


How To Make Apple Coffee Cake