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Apple Coffee Cake

This Apple Coffee Cake is a delicious cake for dessert, coffee dates with friends, or as a snacking cake! Delicious vanilla and apple flavours!

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A few years ago when my babies were teeny tiny, I used to get together with friends so us moms could visit each other with our babies.  Those days were some of my favourite times…I miss them. Sigh.  One of the things we always used to do when we got together was bake something when it was our time to host.  Then we’d eat it all over copius cups of coffee…so good! We had a lot of delicious baking during those days, but there was one recipe in particular that I loved, and it was this Apple Coffee Cake that an old friend made.  I loved it then, and now it’s a family favourite….

For Thanksgiving this year I decided to make this Apple Coffee Cake and take it home to my parents.  So on the day we planned to travel, I made this cake and the first one I made I measured the butter wrong.  Seriously, how many times have I baked a cake?!  But I accidentally got distracted, as I sometimes do, and I doubled the butter.  So the cake came out a gooey buttery mess, and I had to throw it out.  Throwing food out pains me.  Pains me.  But there was no salvaging it.  So luckily, I had time left to bake another cake before we had to go, and this one turned out beautifully.  I snapped some pictures so I could update this post, and we set out to my parents for Thanksgiving.

We stopped halfway through our drive to grab some dinner, and guess what I did?  I left the cake in the truck with our pup Molly.  Yes, yes I did.  I left a fresh, tasty and delicious apple cake in the truck with a dog.  But in fairness…I don’t often travel with cakes so I wasn’t thinking straight?  I’ll go with that.

You can guess what happened.

Yep.  She ate 3/4 of my lovingly made Apple Bundt Cake.  Insert annoyed emoji here.  This cake was just not meant to be I guess.

Apple Coffee Cake

But we’ll just remember that it looked like this mmmkay?  Anyway, you should make it.  It’s a really delicious cake I promise.


Apple Coffee Cake

This Apple Coffee Cake is a delicious cake for dessert, coffee dates with friends, or as a snacking cake! Delicious vanilla and apple flavours!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 apples (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare your Bundt pan. You can either flour and butter your pan, or use a flour spray (this is my preferred method).  Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine the chopped apples, cinnamon and brown sugar. Let the mixture sit while you combine the rest of the ingredients.
  4. In another mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  6. Then add the vanilla.
  7. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
  8. To the butter mix, add 1/3 of the flour mix, then 1/2 of the milk. Repeat until all of the ingredients are combined.
  9. Place large spoonfuls of the cake batter around the bottom of the pan, followed with the apple mixture, and repeat until finished.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  11. Let cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then turn the cake out onto a plate, and sprinkle with sugar.

This post was originally published in Jan 2011, but I recently updated the post with new pictures!

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    January 28, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Yum, that ring of apples in the middle would be my favorite part of this cake. It looks super. I have a linky party on my blog every week called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.

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    January 29, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    um, you need to make that when we come for a visit in the summer. xxo Sav

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    January 29, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    I love your blog and found it off my Prairie Story Recipe Swap. Thank you for sharing… and please come pick up your award! 😉 ~Alison @ Prairie Story

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    January 30, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Sav – I will definitely make this for you!!

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    January 31, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Just stopping by from Sweets for Saturday. This coffee cake looks delicious!

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    Flaming Pot
    February 2, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    Your dish really caught my eye from Sweets for a Saturday. I would have this cake on any day..:)

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    February 5, 2011 at 4:35 AM

    Wow! What I wouldn’t give to have a big fat slice of that in front of me right now – or at least tomorrow morning to have with my coffee! I just love apple cake and this looks amazing.

    Thank you for sharing this @ It’s a Keeper – I’m so glad I got to see it!

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    March 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    is it possible to make it not in a bundt pan?

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    March 30, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Hi Anonymous! I’ve never made it any other way, but if I were to try a different pan, I would use a sheet pan (9×13), and clump the batter and fruit randomly over it. And bake it a little less timewise. Just watch it during the baking process… Good luck!

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    March 30, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Thanks Jo-Anna, I really need to get a sheet cake pan. I currently only have a loaf tin and a square brownie pan…don’t think either of those will work!

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    Rug Cleaning Los Angeles
    August 17, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Yum! This looks perfect to serve when having a friend over to catch up… thanks for sharing!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    October 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    I love fresh apple cake and this one looks fantastic. I have a go-to recipe that gets a hot glaze on it once it comes out of the oven but yours might be even better. 🙂

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    Spanish translator
    October 12, 2017 at 2:12 AM

    Love this fresh apple cake!

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    October 15, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    For some strange reason, taking a cake to your mom’s house for Thanksgiving was not meant to be. It looked yummy. As for your baby, you seemed a lot calmer than I would be. True, he was just being a dog. Left alone with a yummy cake. I guess he said, “they are eating, why don’t I do the same, after all, there sits lunch”. LOL!

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    November 16, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    The amount of milk seems insanely high. I just tried this and after wrestling it out of the bundt pan, it completely crumbled in a damp mess, and the crust was overly browned. Plus the taste was bland and eggy.
    I only comment because I used to have a similar recipe that had a much firmer batter that was my easy go to coffee cake. I thought this was it, but clearly not. I think the milk could have been entirely omitted.

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      November 17, 2017 at 3:43 PM

      How strange. I have made this recipe countless times, with the same amount of milk, and have never had any problems with it. Not sure what could have gone wrong with your cake.

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    Susan Bushman
    July 20, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    I adapted this recipe to my 6 cup bundt pan by halving all th ingredients. It came out perfect except I think I should have made the larger cake, LOL. My husband and I were going back for seconds. I also used a little apple pie fillling instead of the filling in the original recipe. It’s a keeeper.

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    Diane Jackaon
    December 25, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    What type of. flour did you use…all purpose or self rising?

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