Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

Of all apple cake recipes, this is my favorite apple coffee cake recipe with its freshly cooked apples and streusel or crumb topping.

It is also very good with a little whipping cream on top or vanilla ice cream on the side, but it is also excellent eating by itself.

I bake this coffee cake easy recipe a lot, especially during the winter months.

Hopefully you will enjoy it too.


  • 5 or 6 apples, peeled, sliced or cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • Cook prepared apples in 1/2 cup water for 30-45 minutes. Cool.
  • Spray a 10 inch spring baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In medium size bowl, cream butter and sugar until light.
  • Add egg, lemon juice and vanilla, mix well.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add to bowl alternately with milk, until all is well combined, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
  • The dough will be fairly stiff.
  • Transfer dough to baking pan.
  • Wet spatula with cooked apple mixture as needed to smooth dough in pan until evenly distributed.
  • Spread cooked apples on top of dough.
  • Evenly spread crumb topping over apples.

Crumb Topping:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter or margarine into flour, sugar and cinnamon mixture until crumbly the size of split peas.
  • Sprinkle vanilla into mixture and combine.
  • Spread evenly over apples.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes until top is light brown.
  • Cool in pan.

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