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Apple Coffeecake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumb

A delicious apple coffeecake with cinnamon brown sugar crumb is exceptionally flavorful and moist. It’s the perfect contrast to the tart Granny Smith Apples.

Take this dessert to the next level with a drizzle of frosted glaze; pure comfort food.

Serving the Apple Coffeecake

My daughter and husband like the coffeecake warm. Their favorite way to enjoy this cake is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Other times, it is a quick afternoon snack and they are off again. While it is delicious that way, it can also be wonderful served cold too. Another option is to simply serve this apple cake with the best part; coarse crumbs streusel topping and whipped cream.

Well, yes, the juicy apples are the perfect addition too. I love enjoying my piece with a hot cup of coffee usually for a breakfast treat, but really any time of day is a great time for this delicious cake full of apple chunks and that yummy crumb topping. The photo below has a glaze on top and it’s a delicious sweet cake.

Apple Coffeecake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumb

Cut up extra apple and make other apple recipes such as this Apple Dapple Cake or some Homemade Applesauce. Perfect for any time of year.

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Fall Apple Harvest

This is the perfect fall recipe during apple season. Use fresh apples. Having that perfect fruit almost forces us to bake delicious goodies. This is one of those cakes that has to be made at least once in the fall.

Enjoy a piece of apple coffee cake for snacking, breakfast, or dessert.

What Type of Apples are Best for This Easy Recipe?

While Granny Smith Apples are great with their tartness for this recipe. I am not particular when it comes to what kind of apple to use with this apple coffeecake recipe.

Any type of apple that you like would really be wonderful in this recipe. My favorite are Granny Smith, Braeburn apples, and Pink Lady. The folks at Stemilt suggest Granny Smith, Honey Crisp apples, Fuji apples, and Gala apples for an apple cake.

I often make this recipe in the fall when the apples are freshly picked. Now a days apples are available year-round in the stores. Purchase a hand full anytime of the year and make this delicious Apple Coffeecake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumb…and a bit of icing glaze anytime you are in the mood for a homemade snack.

Sweet Glaze on Apple Coffeecake

How Should I Store Coffee Cake?

Let the coffee cake come to room temperature, then store in an airtight container or in a large freezer bag.

Can I Freeze Coffee Cake?

Absolutely. If you plan to serve it more than two days out from the day you bake the coffee cake, simple wrap the cake well and freeze it.

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Apple Coffeecake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumb

Apple coffeecake is a great snack and dessert to have especially in the fall when the apples are fresh. However, there are so many tasty types in the grocery store that this can be made year-round. Add the cinnamon brown sugar crumb to the top and it is an amazing dessert.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Cake, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, Brown Sugar, Cake, Cinnamon, Dessert, recipe
Servings: 20 pieces
Calories: 330kcal

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Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Mixture

  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbls. cinnamon


  • 1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup butter Softened
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Yogurt I used Greek Yogurt


  • 4 Large Apples Any kind (approximately 4 cups diced)
  • 2 Tbl. Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbl. granulated sugar
  • 2 Tsp. cinnamon

Icing Glaze

  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1-3 Tbl. milk or cream depending on the thickness of the glaze desired. For thicker use cream


Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Mixture

  • Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
    1 Cup brown sugar, 1 Tbls. cinnamon


  • Add the lemon juice to the diced apples and mix to coat the apples. Add the granulated sugar, and cinnamon to the diced apples and mix.
    4 Large Apples, 2 Tbl. Lemon Juice, 2 Tbl. granulated sugar, 2 Tsp. cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a 9 X 13 cake pan and spray with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat the granulated sugar, and softened butter with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
    1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar, 1 Cup butter
  • Beat in eggs one at a time and add vanilla extract and yogurt.
    3 Large eggs, 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract, 1 Cup Yogurt
  • Whisk the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add a little at a time and mix until just mixed.
    3 Cups all-purpose flour, 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • Pour half the cake batter into the cake pan; add half of the apple mixture; sprinkle 1/2 of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture on top of the apple layer.
  • Pour the remaining cake batter over the apple layer and top with the remaining chopped apples and brown sugar cinnamon mixture. (I actually spooned on the remaining cake batter all over the apple layer, then used a knife to spread it evenly).
    Apple Coffeecake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumb
  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Approximately 60 minutes.

Icing Glaze

  • Combine the powdered sugar and the milk or cream until well blended.
    1-3 Tbl. milk or cream, 1 Cup powdered sugar
    Apple Coffeecake with Icing Glaze
  • Once the cake has cooled drizzle the icing over the top. Enjoy
    Apple Coffeecake with Icing Glaze

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Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg
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Apple Coffeecake with Icing Glaze
Apple Coffeecake with Icing Glaze

What to Serve with Apple Coffeecake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumb

Pairing suggestions for apple coffeecake can vary based on personal preference and the occasion. Here are a few ideas:

Coffee or Tea: As the name suggests, apple coffeecake pairs wonderfully with a hot cup of coffee or tea. The warm, comforting flavors complement the sweetness of the cake.

Whipped Cream or Ice Cream: For a decadent touch, serve the coffeecake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy texture contrasts beautifully with the moist cake.

Vanilla Glaze: In the photo, you will notice a sweet glaze over the top of this soft buttery cake. All you do is add powdered sugar, a bit of milk, water, or lemon juice, and vanilla to a small bowl. Give it s mix and drizzle this over the top when serving.

Fresh Fruit: Add a refreshing element to your dessert spread by serving sliced fresh fruit on the side. Berries, such as strawberries or raspberries, or a mix of seasonal fruits, provide a light and vibrant counterpart to the rich coffeecake.

Yogurt: For a lighter option, consider serving the coffeecake with a side of Greek yogurt. The tanginess of the yogurt balances the sweetness of the cake and adds a creamy, refreshing element.

Breakfast or Brunch Spread

If serving the coffeecake as part of a breakfast or brunch spread, consider offering a variety of options such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and a selection of fresh bread or pastries. The savory components will complement the sweetness of the cake and provide a well-rounded meal.

Apple Coffeecake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumb with Whipped Topping
Apple Coffeecake with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crumb with Whipped Topping

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I hope that you liked this recipe. If you are looking for more ideas on what to make, here are a few other recipes that you may enjoy making the next time you’re in the mood for fall desserts.

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Linda G

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

This cake looks great cannot wait to try and make it. One question, if I may. what flavor Greek Yogurt do you use? Thanks


Monday 4th of November 2019

Plain Greek Yogurt. Hope you try it. Delicious fall coffeecake.

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