Apple Coffee Cake

Cathy Smith


This is a very quick and easy cake, just enough for dinner dessert. It is also a bit of a hybrid, it has a coarser grain.

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20 Min
20 Min


1 stick
butter, room temperature
1 c
all purpose flour
3/4 c
2 large
1/2 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp
baking powder
1 pinch
kosher salt
1 Tbsp
lemon zest, grated
2 large
apples, peeled, cored, and cut in 1/2 inch dice
2 Tbsp
dark brown sugar
1/2 c
coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
1 Tbsp
powdered sugar

How to Make Apple Coffee Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour an 8- or 9-inch springform pan
  • 2In electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and white sugar until pale and light, about 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until light and fluffy, another minute or two. Beat in vanilla.
  • 3Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Pour dry ingredients into mixer with the lemon zest, and mix until just combined. In medium bowl, toss together apples, brown sugar and nuts. Scrape batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and then sprinkle with the apple mixture.
  • 4Bake until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake, about 35 to 40 minutes. (My cake took 45 minutes.) Let cool on a rack, then unmold and cut into wedges. Serves 8
  • 5Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • 6NOTE: I used tart Granny Smith apples but Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp would work beautifully, too. I do not put the

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About Apple Coffee Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Snacks
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Low Carb
Hashtag: #quick and easy