Breakfast Coffeecake (Amish Apea Cake)

Breakfast Coffeecake (amish Apea Cake) Recipe

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Vickie Parks


Apea Cake is an old Amish recipe. It's a dense coffeecake that’s somewhat sweet without being too sugary. It’s usually served for breakfast, and a favorite way to eat it is to dip it in their coffee or tea (much like one would do with a doughnut). Some like to spread butter on top, but it's great without, too.

To freeze: First, begin by baking it in a disposable foil pie pan. After cooling, leave the cake in the foil pan and wrap it (including the pan) in plastic wrap, and then wrap it again in aluminum foil, completely covering the cake. It'll keep well in the freezer for up to 6 months.


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6 to 8
20 Min
30 Min


  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup
    light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup
    unsalted butter, cold and cut into 12 pieces
  • 1/3 cup
    dark raisins
  • 1/3 cup
    chopped walnuts
  • 1 large
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/3-1/2cup
  • 1/8 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon

How to Make Breakfast Coffeecake (Amish Apea Cake)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and 1 tsp cinnamon, and stir well. Cut in the butter, using a pastry cutter or fork, until the mixture forms pea-sized crumbs. Stir in the raisins and walnuts.
  3. In a 1-cup glass measuring cup, beat the egg with a fork. Add the vanilla and just enough milk to total 2/3 cup liquid. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture, and stir until thoroughly moistened. Transfer the batter to the prepared pie plate. Smooth the surface of the batter. Mix the white sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon together, and sprinkle it evenly across the batter surface.
  4. Place the pie plate in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes before slicing into individual servings. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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About Breakfast Coffeecake (Amish Apea Cake)

Course/Dish: Other Breakfast
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Sodium
Other Tag: Heirloom

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