Apple Coffee Cake


Enjoy this delicious coffee cake with cup of tea or coffee in the morning or afternoon! The sour cream in this cake batter helps make a tender moist cake. The cake flour will help make this coffe cake a little lighter, but if you only have regular flour, use just over 1 1/2 cups for the batter. You can serve this cake warm with a dollop of applesauce or lightly sweetened sour cream.

YIELD: One 9-inch Cake

Use whichever your favorite nuts are for the topping: pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, or almonds.


For the crumb topping:

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, or almonds)

For the batter:

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, soften
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups peeled and grated apples, about 3-4 medium apples


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch pan.
  2. Make the batter: In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and salt for at least 20 seconds. Set aside.
  3. With a mixer beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla extract and sour cream. Mix in the grated apples until combined.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  5. Make the topping: In a bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pinch in the butter, until it looks like coarse crumbs. Mix in the chopped nuts.
  6. Sprinkle the topping over the batter and then bake. Bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. Allow to cool, then remove from pan. Cut and serve.


Adopted from “whiteonricecouple” with few changes.

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