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Apple Crisp Coffee Cake

Apple Crisp Coffee Cake


A moist and flavorful coffee cake studded with fresh apple chunks and with a crumb topping and brown sugar glaze. Every fall morning should be started this way.

Baked in a 9×13-inch pan, this Apple Crisp Coffee Cake is large enough to feed several large families.

Apple Crisp Coffee Cake- perfect for fall!


Lots of chopped pecans in the topping give the coffee cake a buttery crunch.

Apple Crisp Coffee Cake- perfect for fall!


I like to use a tart apple, like Granny Smith, to get a nice contrast with the sweet crumb topping and brown sugar glaze. Or use a mixture of Granny Smith and an apple like Honeycrisp which is a little sweeter and softer.

Apple Crisp Coffee Cake- perfect for fall!


Some ground cinnamon gives plenty of fall flavor. You could top it with vanilla ice cream and serve it for dessert. Warm of course.

The wonderful scents coming from the oven as this coffee cake bakes……….Bonus Points.

Fall baking is so heavenly!

Apple Crisp Coffee Cake- perfect for fall!

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Apple Crisp Coffee Cake- perfect for fall!

Apple Crisp Coffee Cake

SERVINGS: 20 servings


Cake Batter

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and finely diced


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted


  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Stir in melted butter, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle apples on top of batter.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together all topping ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Sprinkle on top of apples.
  • Place pan in oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Make glaze. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and place over medium heat until sugar and butter are melted. Drizzle over coffee cake. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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133 thoughts on “Apple Crisp Coffee Cake”

  1. Melanie Titus

    Great recipe!! Easy to follow and comes out tasting great every time I’ve made it!! It’s now a go to comfort food in my household!!!

  2. This is completely awesome! Mine seems to have pushed the toppings towards the middle, but trust me. I wouldn’t change anything!!!

  3. I made this and it was a big hit, but I can never leave a recipe be – I always have to add my own special touches. 😊 In this case, I used three apples because I felt two weren’t enough for such a large cake, and I made my own maple glaze: two cups of confectioner’s sugar, real maple syrup, and milk to bring it to the consistency I wanted. (I used the “stick your finger in it to see if it tastes like you want it to” method rather than measure out the syrup and milk. 😊)

  4. Nancy McFarland

    This is the BEST apple coffee cake I have ever tasted! We’re also serving it with ice cream and whipped cream for dessert. I added ground cloves to the batter.

  5. I have made this 3 times already, and plan to make it for my neighbors next week. It is SO SO delicious and I followed the recipe exactly- except for splitting the batter between two 9” round pans which has worked out well. This cake will be one of my fall go-to’s from now on. Thank you!

  6. I made this for Christmas morning and it was loved by all! I did not put any glaze on and I cut back the sugar and added a couple tablespoons apple juice. Yummy 🤤

  7. Made the cake with only one cup of sugar, plain greek yogurt vs sour cream, and unsweetened applesauce vs butter since I’m trying to cut a few corners with my “quaranTEN pounds”… but kept the crumble topping and skipped the glaze. I cannot imagine it any sweeter as it was quite good and plenty sweet! This is a great fall treat. Thank you so much for posting!

    1. Your tips were exactly what I was looking for. Thx. The original recipe was over the top, caloricly

        1. I guess some people are a tad more creative. Tweaking a recipe to discover variations of a theme seems like a good idea to me. I think I’d like to try both versions.

        2. Why don’t you stick with learn to be kind websites? Some people like to find problems for every solution.

        3. Heidi Scott

          Maybe she loves to get great ideas and then tweak them. Let’s be nice?! It’s what we all need now.

    2. Thank you for the tips. I’m looking for ways to cut down on the calories and fat. This helps!

  8. Hi Christin; I’m making this now and after 45 minutes it’s still soft. I’m letting it bake another 15 minutes and hopefully it will cook through. Is this common or did I do something wrong?
    Thanks, Dottie

  9. Loved this recipe. Super delicious! I eliminated that glaze… added powdered ginger along with the cinnamon. originally I thought I forgot an ingredient, because the batter is a little thick….so a also added a dash or two of apple juice. It turned out great! Thank you for sharing 😋

  10. Monika Makarewicz

    i didnt have apple cider on hand nor do i usually have it…i used honey whiskey…real good

    1. What a great idea! I don’t have cider either and I’m thinking I’ll use cream and make it a creamy glaze. Hope it’s tasty!

  11. Christian Oliva

    I made this cake lastnight. It turned out fabulous! It is absolutely delicious. The only thing that I changed was that I put a teaspoon of Cinnamon in the cake batter because as far as I’m concerned you can never have too much Cinnamon. I also did not make the glaze for it because I wanted it to be more like a coffee cake than a dessert cake. I certainly did not miss it. It was perfect as is.

    1. Glad to have a comment on the recipe “as is”. I want to know how the printed recipe is without everybody’s alterations. Thanks for that!

  12. I wish I could give this coffee cake a 10. OMG!!! I made it tonight and it is absolutely the best coffee cake I’ve ever had. I halved it because it’s just me and my husband but still used two smallish apples and 2 eggs. Turned out perfect in looks and taste. Can’t wait for a special occasion to make it again. Or, maybe just any old day to make it. Thanks for sharing.

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