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Apple Pie Coffee Cake | Love in a Pan!

An Apple Pie Coffee Cake?  It’s like apple coffee cake meets apple pie to make one of my favorite brunch recipes!

I do love coffee cake!  All that cinnamon, brown sugar, and walnuts dripping down the sides of a yummy richly flavoured cake and slathered thickly with an icing sugar glaze.  

When I have friends over for a cup of coffee and a gab and I serve my apple pie coffee cake to them, well you can just feel the love from here!

As I write this I’m savouring a big ole slice, just for me, and slightly warmed.  The topping is so rich (think Dutch Apple Pie) and of course my coffee cakes include delicious cream cheese!  Oh my goodness, my mouth is sticking together…will keep typing.

This post was originally published in October 2016.

piece of apple pie coffee cake with apple in the background

Paula Red Apple Recipes

I just love Paula Red apples for baking pies and cakes, especially this awesome apple pie coffee cake! Or my paula red apple pie….

Why?

Well Paula Red apples are sweet and crisp for eating, kind of like a McIntosh, but I find them much sweeter.

I often use whatever apples I have in the crisper, but for this recipe, I chose Paula Reds to add to the sweetness of the coffee cake.

Coffee cake recipes in our family go way back – to my mom and grandma.  My family recipe is already on the blog and enjoyed by thousands – Salted Caramel Coffee Cake is the bomb!

Apple Pie Coffee Cake Recipe Ingredients

If you’re a coffee cake lover, gather up the list of easy ingredients and get ready to get started.

Topping:

  • Dark brown sugar
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Peeled and sliced apples (I used Paula Red’s)

Coffee cake:

  • Baking powder
  • White sugar
  • White flour
  • Salt
  • Plain cream cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Half and half cream
  • Egg
  • Vanilla

Icing Sugar Glaze

  • Icing (powdered) sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Half and half coffee cream
ingredients needed to make coffee cake that tastes like apple pie

How to make Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

When it comes to delicious fall flavor, forget about pumpkin spice and make this perfect dessert. Happy baking – the steps below will get you an amazing coffee cake.

Step 1: Mix the ingredients

Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, apples and chopped walnuts and set aside.

making the topping for the coffee cake

In food processor add dry ingredients, baking powder, flour, white sugar, salt, and pulse until blended

Step 2: Add the cream cheese and butter

In a large bowl add dry ingredients, baking powder, flour, white sugar,salt and whisk with a fork until blended

Cut softened cream cheese and butter into chunks and add to the dry ingredients.

Step 3: Use a pastry blender

Using a pastry blender, cut the butter and cream cheese into the flour mixture.

 The coffee cake batter will stick together if pressed in your hand.

using a pastry blender to add the butter into the dry mixture

Step 4: Make a well

Make a well in the center of the batter and add the cream, vanilla, and egg. 

Break the egg yolk and blend slowly, just until everything is moistened. Don’t over stir – it’s just like mixing muffins.

making a well and pouring in the wet ingredients

Step 5: Preheat

Preheat the oven to 375 and spray an 8 X 8 square pan with Pam Butter spray (see below)

Press the cake mixture into the plan

adding the apples to the coffee cake recipe

Step 6: Add the topping

Spoon on the apple cinnamon and brown sugar topping (this will slightly sink into the cake as it bakes)

Step 7: Bake

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Let the coffee cake cool slightly and mix up the confectioner’s sugar glaze.

Step 8: Add the glaze

Spread the glaze all over the top of your apple pie coffee cake. I like to see the apples and walnuts peak through, but you can spread it on as thick as you wish!

Enjoy!

coffee cake with glaze and a plate for serving

TIPS

  • Be sure that you let the coffee cake get to room temperature before adding on the glaze. Having a cooled cake is key!
  • This whole cake can be served as a fall favorite dessert or a delicious breakfast if you ask me!
  • This is one recipe that just gets better and better the next day!
  • You can change up the type of apples that you use as well. Granny smith apples or any other apple slices are fine for the apple layer. While I tend to like to spice them, you can also use diced apples as well.
close up of glaze dripping over the side of the prepared pan

FAQS

What pairs well with coffee cake?

Coffee or a cup of tea is always my go-to! This great recipe is also yummy with some fresh fruit as well.

How do I store leftover coffee cake?

All you need to do is store the leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. The fresh apples will retain their flavor and taste so that the next time you’re ready for a slice, you can reheat it slightly and enjoy.

Can I change up the topping? 

You bet! You can add a crumb topping, a simple cinnamon sugar mixture on top, or even make a maple glaze to pour over the top! Holy cow – all of those options sound amazing to do! Whatever you cover the whole thing with, let me know so that I may try something different the next time I whip this up. (this is why having a test kitchen is so much fun!)

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WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS COFFEE CAKE

Fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, or even a scoop of whipped cream or ice cream sounds divine!

Where did I get my inspiration for this recipe?

Well, I love starting off the day with coffee or tea. So that just calls for a delicious pairing, don’t ya think?

This Cousin Marie’s Old Fashioned Coffee Cake With Caramel Topping is one that made me realize how much I love coffee cakes!

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Judy

★★★★★ 

If you have made this delicious Apple Cofee Cake, I would love to hear about it in the comments below and be sure to give it a 5 star rating! 

★★★★★ 

pan of homemade coffee cake topped with glaze

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pan of homemade coffee cake topped with glaze

Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Yield: 9
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

A delicious and easy recipe that is a quick bread - it does not require yeast, passed down from my Grandma.  I've added a sweet apple pie topping, that once warmed will make you fall in love with your coffee all over again! 

Ingredients

Apple Pie Topping

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups apples, peeled and sliced I used Paula Red's

Coffee cake

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ¾ white flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, plain
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup half and half cream
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Powdered Sugar Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 tbsp half and half coffee cream

Instructions

  1. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, apples and chopped walnuts and set aside
  2. In a large bowl add dry ingredients, baking powder, flour, white sugar, salt and whisk with a fork until blended
  3. Cut softened cream cheese and butter into chunks and add to the dry ingredients.
  4. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter and cream cheese into the flour mixture.
  5.  The coffee cake batter will stick together if pressed in your hand.
  6. Make a well in the center of the batter and add the cream, vanilla, and egg. 
  7. Break the egg yolk and blend slowly, just until everything is moistened. Don’t over stir - it’s just like mixing muffins.
  8. Preheat the oven to 375 and spray an 8 X 8 square pan with Pam Butter spray (see below)
  9. Press the cake mixture into the plan
  10. Spoon on the apple cinnamon and brown sugar topping (this will slightly sink into the cake as it bakes)
  11. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  12. Let the coffee cake cool slightly and mix up the confectioner’s sugar glaze.
  13. Spread the glaze all over the top of your apple pie coffee cake. I like to see the apples and walnuts peak through, but you can spread it on as thick as you wish!
  14. Serve warm and maybe add a drizzle of caramel sauce - just to take it over the top!
  15. Enjoy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 596Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 367mgCarbohydrates: 90gFiber: 3gSugar: 66gProtein: 7g

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Hi there, I'm Judy, it's awesome to meet you! I'm a writer, master pie baker and I've been helping people reach their personal and career goals for over 30 years.   I believe everyone should experience the joy of creating old fashioned recipes, just like Mom or Grandma used to make. And I also help you to create those memories for you and your family with Simple, Delicious, Wholesome recipes that you can learn to make. We also help you discover that Simple Living isn't just a concept.  It's a state of mind. Comforting food and Simple Living. It's all here. You can read more on my About page!

Melanie Foster

Sunday 27th of November 2022

I'm making the Apple Pie Coffee Cake as I write this. The recipe was easy to follow. However...the instructions call for an 8x8 pan...I looked at the quantity of batter and apple mixture and thought I'd better go up to an 11x7...we'll, it's running over in this pan. It needs to be made in a 9x13 I think. Also, it's raw at 30 minutes! I'm not sure where the test kitchen is, but at 7k feet, 375 for 30-35 minutes in an 8x8 doesn't do it! I've turned it to 350 and added 20-30 min...I'll let you know!

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