Apple Coffee Cake

Active time: 30 min. Total time: 2 hours, 15 min.
Yield: Serves 24 (serving size: 1 [2-in.] piece)

Looking for the perfect breakfast treat? This Apple Coffee Cake is warm, fluffy, and practically begging to be accompanied by a glass of milk, tea, or coffee. There’s a nice buttery, crunchy topping, and the glaze is gooey without making a mess. All together, you’ve got the taste of apple cobbler, but the fluffy texture of cake. If you don’t have Granny Smith apples, feel free to use a different type, or even a mixture of two types (Just not Red Delicious, because those don’t bake well).



  • Baking spray with flour
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups (about 8 1/2 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-in. cubes (about 3 cups)


  • 3/4 cup
  • 3/4 cup (about 3 1/4 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1 3/4 cups (about 7 oz.) unsifted powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the Batter: Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with baking spray. Line bottom and sides of pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2- to 3-inch overhang on sides. 

Step 2

Beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until lightened and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until just incorporated. Beat in vanilla until combined, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Beat in sour cream until combined, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture, beating on low speed until combined. Fold in apples. Spoon mixture into prepared pan, spreading to edges.

Step 3

Prepare the Topping: Stir together brown sugar, flour, pecans, butter, and cinnamon in a medium bowl until mixture comes together. Sprinkle Topping evenly over Batter. Transfer to preheated oven; bake until Topping is golden and a wooden pick inserted center of cake comes out with moist crumbs, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack, about 1 hour. Remove cake from pan using parchment paper as handles; transfer to wire rack. 

Step 4

Prepare the Glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Drizzle over cake, and serve.

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