Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

I come from a long line of coffee cake eaters. In fact, the family motto is” we never met a coffee cake we didn’t like”. Our family’s coat-of-arms is a cheese Danish and a cup of coffee. So you get my drift, right. We like coffee cake, so much so that I can’t bake ’em as fast as they eat ’em. But that’s okay, it keeps me on my toes.

This Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is a particular family favorite. Why, because it’s all apple-y, and streusel-y, and cinnamon-y, and nut-y. I can think of no better combination of flavors. Well, maybe coconut and bananas, but that will be another blog posting.

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Adapted from Gale Gand’s Brunch!

The Cake

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 apples, peeled and cored, and chopped (I like to use a tart Granny Smith apple)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut up
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Using a pastry brush and melted butter, grease an 8-inch baking dish.
  2. For the cake, sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or I used an electric hand-mixer) beat the egg and then mix in the milk and melted butter.  Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated. Add the apples and walnuts to the mixture and pour into the baking dish.
  3. To make the streusel topping, mix the sugar, flour, cold butter and cinnamon in a medium bowl by pinching them together with your fingers until combined. Spoon the mixture over the top of the batter.
  4. Place the oven rack in the bottom third of the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden, and when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan, and then cut into squares.

Recipe: Easy


Mama’s Tips:

Not all apples fare well when added to baked goods. The varieties that I find work well are; Granny Smith, Fuji, Rome Beauty, Gala and Honeycrisp. I like to use a combination of these apples instead of just using one kind.


42 Comments on “Apple Streusel Coffee Cake”

  1. This coffee cake looks amazing! I am off to make it right now!!! 🙂

  2. You had me at coffee cake! This looks wonderful! I’m hoping to try a gluten-free version!

  3. what a great cake – it sounds so interesting and flavourful.

  4. Clover says:

    Just got some home-grown Granny Smith apples from my brother-in-law a few days ago — now I know what to do with a few of them! Beautiful pics as always, Sheryl! 🙂

  5. Maybe I missed it (if so, sorry!) but I have read the ingredients list three times and I can’t see any coffee?!

  6. Leah says:

    I’m a huge fan of coffee cake too – I’m sure I’d like your family. 😉

  7. Brittany says:

    What a GENIUS idea to put apples in a coffee cake. This looks amazing.

  8. Judy Smith says:

    The best part of coffee cake is the crunchy stuff, and this looks just right. I must make one SOON!

  9. Anything streusel or coffee cake gets my attention. This looks so yummy. I can probably eat this all by myself but I won’t. 🙂 Lovely post Sheryl.

  10. Janet Rörschåch says:

    It looks so good! I can completely imagine how it tastes. Nicely done!

  11. Michelle says:

    ‘Our family’s coat-of-arms is a cheese Danish and a cup of coffee.” Too funny! The cake looks great, too.

  12. sarahlouisek says:

    I get apple streusel coffeecake at the Starbucks near me, and it’s good, but I bet yours is simply scrumptious.

  13. This looks wonderful!! We also love coffee cakes! Pinning to make later 🙂

  14. christijolson says:

    That looks delightful!
    Did using the HoneyCrisp apple change the taste since it doesn’t have the bitter tartness of the Granny Smith?

  15. chrismears says:

    Making this right now.

  16. chrismears says:

    My cake is done and it’s a great one. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can a cake and coffee-fueled vicious cycle here and can’t see it becoming a bad thing. Thanks.

  17. Ooooh, this is a beautiful cake. That streusel topping looks so crisp and inviting, and wow is the cake perfectly moist and fluffy inside. My husband would gobble this up – he adores apple flavoured baked goods.

  18. Beautiful light and truly lovely photos. The combination of apple & streusel is already a winner, coffee & streusel (also) for me and all of the above indefinitely!

    My ears piqued up upon the mention of banana & coconut! So true that she’s bad, bold and loves her sugar and so do we!!!

  19. Jayne says:

    Its years since I had coffee cake, I really want some after seeing this! Love it! Great recipes on your blog!

  20. naomimgruer says:

    OMG stop! I said, “No bread” this week and then had to eat cookies and a brownie I baked. Guess the no bread attempt will have to wait!

  21. Will you adopt me please? 😉

  22. Greg says:

    You can see the love in your baking. It is wonderful, and the photography is wonderful!

  23. shanelle7 says:

    Seriously, I’m going to have to try this. I would have never thought to put apples in a coffee cake but it looks SO good. I cant wait until i get home so i can try some of your dessert recipes.

  24. I made this yummy cake last week. Get this! I accidentally used corn starch instead of baking powder when mixing the batter (stirred in baking powder later, when I realized my error) and it was STILL fabulous, if a little dense.

  25. Judy says:

    I’m from the UK and here, we measure in either pounds and ounces or grams…..I’ve got cup measures so that’s not a problem, but I’m completely mystified as to how to measure tablespoons of melted butter???? Help!!!!?

    • Hi Judy, just weigh out 59 grams of butter and then melt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, or melt it in a microwave. So, first you’ll measure it…then you’ll melt it. I hope that helps.

      • Judy says:

        It certainly does help!!! Thank you so much, I’m going to give it a try!

  26. Judy says:

    Oh and by the way…..your up way too late – go to bed!!!

  27. Judy says:

    I did it….and it was wonderful!!!! Thank you so much….it is now being passed to many cake bakers in the UK and will be right up there with the best in my cake repertoire! You are famous!!

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