Apple Coffee Cake

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Not overly sweet, this easy apple cake has moist and tender crumb and it’s perfect with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce.

Sliced apple coffee cake drizzled with caramel sauce on a white serving plate.


Why you’ll love this coffee cake:

I love fall baking… Pumpkins, pears and apples… You know, the usual fall flavors!

And today, I want to share with you my latest favorite fall treat – easy peasy apple coffee cake!

You’ll fall in love with its:

  • crispy crumb topping,
  • moist and tender crumbs,
  • not overly sweet taste for those who appreciate moderately sweet desserts.
  • But if you have a serious sweet tooth – drown it in a caramel sauce!
  • And it’s super easy to make!

Serve it with a cup of hot coffee for a perfect pick me up.

Sliced apple coffee cake on a white serving plate.

3 reasons I love Bob’s Red Mill:

Bob’s Red Mill has been our go-to brand for flours and oatmeal for years! And here’re top 3 reasons why:

  1. Quality – Bob’s Red Mill is committed to providing high-quality, minimally processed products from the mill to your table.
  2. Variety – You’ll find high quality whole grains to accommodate many diets, such as vegan, paleo and gluten-free. All of its products are certified Kosher.
  3. Accessibility – Bob’s Red Mill products can be found at your local grocery store.
Streusel topping ingredients: brown sugar, rolled oats, flour and butter.
Apple coffee cake ingredients.

Key Ingredients:

  • Bob’s Red Mill Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats – I love making streusel topping with rolled oats for a beautiful texture.
  • Flour – I’ve tested this recipe with both Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose and 1-to-1 Gluten Free flours, and both works perfectly.
  • Applesauce – You can use both store-bought or homemade applesauce to make this coffee cake. And I recommend unsweetened variety. In fact, Granny Smith applesauce is my go-to.
  • Apples – Any baking apple will work. My favorites are Granny Smith, honey crisp and gala.

How to make this recipe:

1. Make streusel topping

First, we’ll make the streusel topping by combining the dry ingredients and then adding softened butter into the mixture.

3 step by step images of making crumb topping.

2. Prepare apples

Slice the apples into thin wedges, or you can also cube them. I like to peel the apples, but it’s fine with peels on too.

3. Make batter

We’ll start with whisking dry ingredients together. And then we’ll whip butter and sugar until nice and fluffy. Be sure to not rush this step to ensure fluffy and soft texture.

Step by step images of preparing dry ingredients and whipped butter and sugar.

Then stir in eggs one at a time into the butter mixture. It’s important to use room temperature butter, or butter will solidify if you add cold eggs, creating large air pockets in the cake.

Finally, whisk together dry ingredients and add half of it into the butter mixture. Stir until just combined and stir in apple sauce. And finish off by adding the remaining flour and mix until just combined.

3 step by step images of making cake batter in a mixing bowl.

Pour into a 9-inch springform pan sprayed with a cooking spray.

Arrange apple slices on top, or alternatively, you can mix in apple cubes into the batter before pouring into the cake pan.

Top everything with prepared streusel topping.

3 step by step images of cake batter in a cake pan before baking.

4. Bake

Bake the cake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Overhead image of sliced apple coffee cake on a white serving plate.

As mentioned above, this apple coffee cake isn’t overly sweet, which makes it perfect to serve with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Recipe Tips & FAQ:

Why it’s called coffee cake?

You may think coffee cake contains coffee. However, the name comes from the idea that this cake meant to be served with coffee.

What’s the best apples for apple coffee cake?

I like to use a combination of tart Granny Smith apples and juicy Honey Crisp or Gala apples.

How to make fluffy moist coffee cake?

1. Make sure to use room temperature eggs. Or cold eggs will harden the butter, causing large air pockets during baking.
2. Don’t over-mix the batter after adding flour mixture. Or too much gluten will develop, making the cake dense and heavy.

Should I peel the apples?

You don’t have to peel the apples. I’ve done either way and it works fine with or without the peels.

Storing Tips:

You can keep the cake at room temperature, covered, for up to 2 days. Or refrigerate it for up to 5 days. This cake also freezes well.

A slice of apple coffee cake on a white plate with caramel sauce being pour over it.
Overhead image of sliced apple coffee cake drizzled with caramel sauce on a white serving plate.
5 from 1 vote

Apple Coffee Cake

Not overly sweet, this easy apple cake has moist and tender crumb and it ‘s perfect served with a drizzle of homemade caramel sauce.
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


For streusel topping:

  • 1/3 cup (30g) old-fashioned rolled oats Note 1
  • ¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar light or brown
  • ¼ cup (30g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (40g) unsalted butter softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For coffee cake:

  • 2 apples
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour Note 2
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (115g) unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup (130g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 8 oz unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Homemade caramel sauce for serving, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray 9-inch springform pan with a non-stick cooking spray.

To make streusel topping:

  • In a medium bowl, mix together rolled oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Then add butter and mix until well combined.

To make cake:

  • Peel and core apples and slice them into thin wedges. (First, I cut an apple into quarters, and then each quarter into 3 slices. Alternatively, you can cube the apples into small pieces.)
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl half way.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined.
  • Then add applesauce and vanilla extract and mix it for a minute.
  • Finally, add the remaining flour mixture and stir until combined.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan. Arrange the apple slices on top and spread the prepared streusel topping evenly all over. (If you chopped apples into cubes, you can stir them into the batter instead.)
  • Bake the cake for 50-55 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake on wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove the sides of the pan and cool the cake completely. Serve the coffee cake with homemade caramel sauce, if desired.
  • You can keep the cake at room temperature, covered, for up to 2 days. Or refrigerate it for up to 5 days. This cake also freezes well.

Tips & Notes

Note 1: Flat and flakey rolled oats are perfect for a streusel topping and adds a great texture to the cake.
Note 2: This coffee cake recipe has been tested with both all-purpose and Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free flours. And both works perfectly!


Servings: 1 slice
Calories: 294kcal
Carbohydrates: 42g
Protein: 5g
Fat: 12g
Sugar: 21g
Sodium: 364mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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