Apple Coffee Cake

Most days we eat breakfast at our desks. A breakfast bar or a quick bowl of cereal is all there’s time for. It’s a shame because I love breakfast!  Hurried weekday breakfasts make me even more thankful for the leisurely and special breakfasts that we have time for on the weekends. I love to experiment with new recipes for weekend mornings such as this cozy and delicious recipe for apple coffee cake. It’s a moist, sweet and delicious way to use all those fall apples that might be starting to get a little overripe. Enjoy!

Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze:



4 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
¾ cup packed light brown sugar1 large egg
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup light sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup peeled, cored and chopped apples

Crumble Topping:

¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Brown Sugar Glaze:

¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish with 1 teaspoon of the butter.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well. In a separate bowl or on a piece of parchment, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream and vanilla. Fold in the apples. Pour into the prepared baking dish, spreading out to the edges.

To make the topping, in a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter, and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the cake and bake until golden brown and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.

To make the glaze, in a bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, and water and mix until smooth. Drizzle the cake with the glaze and let harden slightly. Serve warm.

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