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Apple Coffee Cake

This Apple Coffee Cake is a perfect cake for brunch, dessert or snacking! A delicious vanilla cake with cinnamon apple flavours.

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 with a hot cup 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.

Apple Coffee Cake

About this apple cake:

This is a soft vanilla cake with chopped apples and cinnamon, and it’s baked in a Bundt pan. I love using Bundt pans because the cakes look so pretty on their own and don’t need any glaze or frosting drizzle. But you can also bake this cake in a 9 x 13 pan.

No seriously, the dog ate my cake.

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

Apple Coffee Cake Recipe Tips:

  • APPLES: You can use any type of fresh apples: Granny Smith apples, McIntosh, Gala…
  • PAN: I like to use a 10-12 cup Bundt pan for this cake. But you can also use a 9×13 cake pan.
  • STORAGE: Keep in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • VARIATION: If you love nuts feel free to add 1/4 cup chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts to the apple mixture.
  • SERVING SUGGESTION: This cake is delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Apple Coffee Cake

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

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking


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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk (2% or whole milk)
  • 3 apples (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a Bundt pan. You can either flour and butter the 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. Remember to stir it before adding it to the baking pan.
  4. Using a stand mixer on medium speed, 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 mixture, 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.

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Have a delicious day!

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

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.