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Apple Coffee Cake Recipe with Streusel Topping

Apple Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping is a delicious and moist cake made with fresh apples and a delicious crumb topping. This Coffee Cake Recipe will become your favorite!

Apple Coffee Cake closeup with chunks of apples visible in the cake and crunchy streusel topping on top.

The best Apple Coffee Cake Recipe!

Two things make this Coffee Cake Recipe as delicious as it is – Apples and the Streusel Topping.

Apples make any baked thing very moist, as they continue giving off the moisture into the cake long after they are baked. The Streusel Topping gives this Apple Coffee Cake a nice crunch and carameliness (new word that needs a place in the dictionary) that combine into a delicious combo.

Simple Apple Desserts

If you love Apple Desserts  (click the link to see others) make sure to check out my other recipes! This Apple Coffee Cake is a recipe that’s simple and contains ingredients you most likely already have! It takes under 15 minutes of hands on time to prepare and your house will smell heavenly while it’s baking!

So get your baking on and make this great Apple Coffee Cake!

Apple coffee cake slice lifted up from the baking dish.

Can I substitute apples in this Coffee Cake Recipe?

You can use any type of apple or berry! Fresh or frozen berries can also be used for this Coffee Cake Recipe! Just make sure not to thaw the fruits before adding into the batter.

Now let’s get to it. Here’s how you make it.

Ingredients for the Apple Coffee Cake

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • buttermilk
  • apples

Streusel Topping Ingredients

  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • butter, melted

No-stick mixture

  • Butter
  • Flour

How to make Streusel Topping:

  • Make the streusel topping first and refrigerate – Combine melted butter, flour & sugar together, until crumbly mixture forms, then refrigerate.

How to make the Apple Coffee Cake

  • Butter and flour the inside of a 9×12 baking dish. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  • Prep the apples.
  • Whip butter and sugar together.
  • Meanwhile combine the wet ingredients
  • Whisk the dry ingredients: In a separate bowl sift the salt, baking powder and flour together.  
  • Add the wet and dry ingredients into the whipped butter by alternating them in thirds. Do not overmix or the cake will be tough.
  • Fold in diced apples.
  • Transfer the apple cake batter into baking dish into an even layer. Top with the streusel topping by breaking it into smaller pieces with your hands.

 How to evenly spread apple cake batter on the prepared baking dish and sprinkle streusel topping on top.

  • Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

Now make some tea or coffee and enjoy the fruit of your labor

Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes

There are many delicious ways to make Coffee Cake! What is one of your favorite Coffee Cake Recipes?

Other great Apple Recipes:

Apple Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping

5 from 7 votes

Apple Coffee Cake w/ Streusel Topping is a moist cake with fresh apples and a delicious crumb topping. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple coffee cake
Calories: 348 kcal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings


Streusel Topping

Apple Cake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened or melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour (Canadian flour is best)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder or 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (*see footnotes)
  • 3-6 large apples peeled, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

No-stick mixture


How to make Apple Coffee Cake Recipe with a Streusel Topping:

  1. Make the streusel topping first – Combine 4 tbsp melted butter, 1/3 cups flour & 1/2 cup sugar together, until crumbly mixture forms. Refrigerate until ready to use.

How to make the Apple Coffee Cake

  1. Butter the inside of a 9"x12" baking dish with 2 tbsp butter. Now add 1 tbsp of flour and shake the dish around covering the inside with flour. Alternatively, you can spray the inside with a nonstick spray. Set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 350F with the baking rack in the middle.

  3. Prepare the apples: Peel, core, and dice 3-6 apples into 1/2 inch cubes, then add 3 tbsp of flour and toss together to coat the apples lightly.

  4. Whip 1/2 cup softened butter with 1 cup of sugar for about 2-3 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, combine the wet ingredients: In a cup whisk 1/2 cup buttermilk, 2 room temperature eggs and 2 tsp of the vanilla extract. Set aside. 

  6. Combine the dry ingredients: In a bowl sift or whisk together 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 2 cups all-purpose flour.

  7. Combine into the batter: Alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients into the whipped butter, by adding them in thirds. Do not overmix or the cake will be tough.

  8. Next, fold the apples into the batter. Transfer the apple cake batter into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the top with the streusel topping by breaking it into smaller pieces with your hands.

  9. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

  • * the milk can be replaced with whole milk, sour cream or yogurt. Just use what you have on hand.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 492IU10%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Mariana Nikolayenko

    Wow this was absolutely scrumptious!! I slightly altered the recipe by accident and it still came out so tasty!! Thank you!! Definitely a keeper

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  • Valeria

    Hello! I firstly wanted to thank you for this fantastic recipe, i have baked this cake dozens of times with berries, apples, pears and i think i tried peach although it came out a little moist. People LOVE it when they have some coffee cake at my house. My husband and I love adding nuts to our desserts, I was wondering if nuts can be added to the batter and if so, what proportion? Thanks!

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  • Eve

    I usually never leave reviews on food blogs but this recipe is amazing!!!! It’s so simple to follow & turned out amazing!! Incredibly moist. It was a huge hit!!

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  • Tanya Nika

    Thank you for yummy recipe 🙂 it was good 🙂

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  • Diana

    Hello Marina!
    Its apple/coffee cake but I don’t see coffee in ingredients?

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  • Vita

    This is one of my favorite cakes to make with apples!!! So delishes every time! Thank you

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  • Marilyn

    I made this and it is good. I thought just too many steps that were not necessary. Melted butter for pan needs only to be soft butter. Melted did not work for me. Also mine did not look at all like your pictures. The topping has to be reworked.

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  • We love us some streusel topping! These look delicious! A must make! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Am

    Thank you for this yummy recipe! Do you think this would work if baked in a 9×5 pan for 60mins? for more of a “bread/cake”?

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    • I find that it bakes better in a wider pan. When baked in a smaller pan, the cake is of course taller, but it looses it’s moistness and takes forever to bake. So if you want to bake it in a smaller pan, half the recipe and bake it in a 9×5 pan 🙂

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  • Julia

    Thank you for this delicious recipe! I just made this coffee cake the second time. I’m having trouble with the streusel topping. Instead of it staying crumby it melts to the top after baking. Can you please tell me what I’m doing wrong?

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  • Ri

    In the ingredients you have:
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder or 1 tsp baking soda but in step 3 you have: Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 2 cups all purpose flour together, then whisk together with fork or whisk.
    So what is it?

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    • You can use either one, either the baking powder or the baking soda 🙂

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  • Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust}

    You had me at streusel topping 🙂 You have an adorable blog and I’m loving your foodie style!

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    • Thanks Alyssa! Streusel is killer on coffee cakes)))

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  • inna

    This looks easy and yummy. Perfect for when the sugar craving hits:)
    I love seeing step by step photos on your blog. They are really helpful.

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    • Thanks Inna! the fact that it uses ingredients common in the house, makes this a really wonderful recipe 🙂 I was really happy when I found it myself 🙂

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  • ella

    hey I wanted to know if you used baking soda or powder? the ingridients list shows powder but the picture shows soda?

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    • You can use either one. I corrected the recipe to let you know how much to use.

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  • atasteofmadess

    One of my favorite cakes that I have made was an apple coffee cake with streusel topping. Yours looks fantastic!

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    • apple anything is amazing 🙂 Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  • foodlikecake

    I love this cake- I love, love crumb cakes and apple does keep things moist!

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    • It’s so easy to make too!

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  • Lucy

    Hey girl, I just wanted to say I just absolutely love your cooking and baking!!!
    You have some talent.
    Thank you for taking step by step pictures it really helps. :))

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    • Hi Lucy!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to tell me! I appreciate you visiting my site 🙂

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