Easy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This Easy Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake features a soft and moist cake, fresh diced apples, cinnamon streusel topping, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. This apple coffee cake is so delicious and easy made with a doctored up boxed cake mix. 

This Easy Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake features a soft and moist cake, fresh diced apples, cinnamon streusel topping, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. This apple coffee cake is so delicious and easy made with a doctored up boxed cake mix.  #coffeecake #cakemixrecipe #applecake

Easy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Hey everyone!

The Fall season is all about the cozy vibes, and to me nothing screams cozy more than enjoying a hot cup of coffee paired with a delicious slice of this incredible Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake. 

My Easy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake is truly one of the BEST coffee cakes you’ll ever eat.

This apple coffee cake features a soft and tender cake that’s loaded with diced apples, and is topped with yummy brown sugar cinnamon streusel topping and powdered sugar glaze.

Oh, and did I mention it all starts with a simple boxed cake mix? 

Yep, this apple cinnamon coffee cake is SO easy peasy to make, and you’ll want to make it again and again!

Keep reading below for the full recipe and all my best tips, and watch the step-by-step video tutorial here

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This Easy Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake features a soft and moist cake, fresh diced apples, cinnamon streusel topping, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. This apple coffee cake is so delicious and easy made with a doctored up boxed cake mix.  #coffeecake #cakemixrecipe #applecake

Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake is hands down one of the best cakes I’ve ever made (and tasted) and I love that it starts with a simple yellow cake mix. 

The recipe is a fun twist on my popular Graham Cracker Coffee Cake, and I love how it tastes with the addition of fresh, diced apples. 

I also added in sour cream to the cake mix to make it extra moist and tender. 

Trust me when I say you’ll be in love with this Apple Coffee Cake from the very first bite. 

This Easy Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake features a soft and moist cake, fresh diced apples, cinnamon streusel topping, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. This apple coffee cake is so delicious and easy made with a doctored up boxed cake mix.  #coffeecake #cakemixrecipe #applecake

Best Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake

This Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake is truly the best coffee cake and is a wonderful breakfast, brunch, or dessert for making for family, friends, or guests during the Fall/holiday season. 

It can also be made/enjoyed any time of the year, as apples are pretty much always available! 

 

What is apple cinnamon coffee cake made of?

This apple cinnamon coffee cake consists of four delicious elements including:

  1. Cake Mix Coffee Cake 
  2. Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apples
  3. Graham Cracker Streusel Topping
  4. Powdered Sugar Glaze

 

Cake Mix Coffee Cake

This apple coffee cake comes together quick and easy thanks to a simple boxed yellow cake mix, but trust me when I say this coffee cake tastes incredible and no one will ever believe that it isn’t made from scratch. 

Sour cream, applesauce, oil, and vanilla extract combine to make this one of the most moist and delicious cakes you’ll ever eat. 

 

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apples

This apple cinnamon coffee cake is loaded with yummy, fresh diced apples coated in a delicious brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

For the perfect balance of sweet and tart, I ended up using a combination of Granny Smith apples and Red Gala apples. 

 

Graham Cracker Streusel Topping

One of the BEST streusel toppings for a coffee cake is a delicious cinnamon graham cracker streusel. Brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter, and crumbled cinnamon graham crackers are all you need to make this simple streusel topping. 

 

Powdered Sugar Glaze

To make this apple coffee cake extra pretty and a little more sweet, I love to drizzle the top with a simple powdered sugar glaze. Simply combine milk and powdered sugar and spoon over the top. 

 

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This Easy Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake features a soft and moist cake, fresh diced apples, cinnamon streusel topping, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. This apple coffee cake is so delicious and easy made with a doctored up boxed cake mix.  #coffeecake #cakemixrecipe #applecake

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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake FAQ’s

 

Why is it called coffee cake? 

Although you might think that the name coffee cake is indicative of the ingredients,  most coffee cakes don’t actually have coffee in them, nor is that what the name implies.

Instead, it is called coffee cake because it is a cake meant to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee – either at breakfast or dessert. 

 

What is the difference between coffee cake and regular cake?

The primary difference between coffee cake and regular cake is coffee cakes typically have a streusel topping or crumble on top of them, as opposed to regular cake which is served either plain or with some type of frosting/icing. 

This apple coffee cake is delicious because it has both a yummy cinnamon streusel topping AND a powdered sugar glaze. 

 

What are the best apples to use for apple coffee cake?

Any baking apple will work for this apple coffee cake.

I personally love using a combination of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp or Red Gala for a balance of sweet and tart. 

Fuji and Golden Delicious apples are also a great choice. 

 

Do you peel apples before baking?

It’s completely personal preference, but I would recommend peeling your apples for this recipe since you are putting them in the cake batter. 

 

What’s the best way to peel, core and slice apples?

I absolutely LOVE this apple peeler/corer/slicer that makes things super quick and easy. Just make sure you’re extra careful using it!

 

What does sour cream do in baking?

I’m a HUGE fan of using sour cream in baking, and that’s because it makes cakes and other baked goods taste incredibly delicious, moist, and rich. 

It’s also one of my favorite tricks for taking a basic boxed cake mix to the next level. 

 

Can I use a different glaze or omit? 

Yes, feel free to glaze the cake with whatever you like.

A caramel glaze, maple glaze, or cream cheese glaze would all be delicious. 

You could also just sift some powdered sugar on top of the warm cake, or omit any extra sugar altogether. 

It will be delicious no matter what! 

 

Can I add nuts? 

Yes, nuts are a delicious addition and great way to add a crunch and texture to this cake. I recommend adding 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the streusel topping mixture.

 

Apple Coffee Cake Storage Instructions

To Store: Leftover apple cinnamon coffee cake should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or covered with aluminum foil for up to 5 days. 

To Freeze: Freeze individual slices wrapped in saran wrap in a freezer safe bag for up to 1 month. Once ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge, and re-heat in the microwave as desired. 

This Easy Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake features a soft and moist cake, fresh diced apples, cinnamon streusel topping, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. This apple coffee cake is so delicious and easy made with a doctored up boxed cake mix.  #coffeecake #cakemixrecipe #applecake

 

Easy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

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Easy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  • Author: Kindly Unspoken
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12-20 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Dessert
  • Method: Oven, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Easy Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake features a soft and moist cake, fresh diced apples, cinnamon streusel topping, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. This apple coffee cake is so delicious and easy made with a doctored up boxed cake mix. 


Ingredients

Units Scale

Coffee Cake

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Apples

  • 23 apples, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp of cinnamon/brown sugar mixture below

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 9 cinnamon graham cracker sheets, crumbled into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Powdered Sugar Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9×13 cake pan or baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Next, peel, slice, and dice your apples (I recommend this amazing peeler/slicer). Place in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and stir until fully combined. Take 2 tbsp and add it to evenly coat the diced apples. Set apple mixture aside.
  • To make your streusel topping, melt your butter in a microwave safe bowl and add to the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Add in the crumbled graham cracker sheets and stir with a fork until combined.
  • To prepare your cake batter, combine sour cream, applesauce, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until smooth and combined. Next add in the yellow cake mix and mix with an electric mixer until combined.
  • Add in the diced apples and stir by hand until evenly incorporated. Pour cake batter into prepared cake pan and smooth the top with a non-stick spatula.
  • Evenly sprinkle the top of the cake with the streusel and bake in the oven for 32-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.
  • Let cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before glazing.
  • While cake is cooling, prepare glaze by whisking together powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. If glaze is too thick, you can add additional milk in increments of 1 tsp until desired consistency is reached. Or if it is too thin, you can always add a little more powdered sugar.
  • Once cake has cooled for 15 minutes, drizzle the powdered sugar glaze over the top.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

Apple Coffee Cake Storage Instructions

To Store: Leftover apple cinnamon coffee cake should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or covered with aluminum foil for up to 5 days. Cake can be ate at room temp or slightly warmed in microwave for 20-30 seconds.

To Freeze: Freeze individual slices wrapped in saran wrap in a freezer safe bag for up to 1 month. Once ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge, and re-heat in the microwave as desired.

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This Easy Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake features a soft and moist cake, fresh diced apples, cinnamon streusel topping, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. This apple coffee cake is so delicious and easy made with a doctored up boxed cake mix.  #coffeecake #cakemixrecipe #applecake


Hope you enjoyed today’s recipe for my Easy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake! Are you a fan of apple coffee cake? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Thanks for stopping by! – Cara

 

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This Easy Sour Cream Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake features a soft and moist cake, fresh diced apples, cinnamon streusel topping, and a sweet powdered sugar glaze. This apple coffee cake is so delicious and easy made with a doctored up boxed cake mix.  #coffeecake #cakemixrecipe #applecake

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