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Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake made with tender and buttery Granny Smith apples that are topped with a crunchy brown sugar crumb topping. Salted caramel sauce is drizzled on top of the streusel topping and the tart apples.

Coffee cake is versatile and is perfect for breakfast and dessert!

A slice of caramel apple coffee cake being taken out of a 9 inch round coffee cake.

What is Coffee Cake with Caramel Apples?

To start with the basics, a coffee cake is a butter-based cake that is dense and full of buttery flavor. This coffee cake is made into a caramel apple coffee cake that is filled with tart Granny Smith apples that are drizzled with a homemade salted caramel sauce.

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A coffee cake made in a spingform cake pan that is cooling on a round wire rack.

Ingredients in this Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

  • Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Unsalted butter – for the apples and the coffee cake
  • All-purpose flour
  • Eggs
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pecans – optional!
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salted caramel sauce – the recipe for homemade can be found here
Coffee cake with a slice cut out of it resting on the bottom pan of the springform cake pan.

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How to Make Coffee Cake

This buttery delicious coffee cake with tart apples and salted caramel sauce is easy enough to make and perfect for breakfast or for dessert.

Prepare the apples- Peel and thinly slice the apples and add them to a skillet that is heated with two tablespoons of butter. Saute the prepared apples in the skillet for two to three minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Make the streusel topping- Combine the all-purpose flour, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl. Using a fork, cut in the softened butter until the mixture is moist and crumbly. Set aside for later use.

Prepare the salted caramel sauce – Prepare the salted caramel sauce by following the directions found here. Alternately, bottled salted caramel sauce can be purchased and used.

Coffee cake resting on a round wire cooling rack with Granny Smith apples in the background.

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Make the coffee cake- Prepare a 9-inch springform pan by greasing and flouring it to prevent any sticking. I like to do this even though the pan is nonstick because of the use of the sauce.

In a large mixing bowl and with either the use of a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the softened butter together with the granulated sugar. Once the ingredients are combined, add the eggs one at a time.

In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, and all-purpose flour together in a bowl. Combine half of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add half of the milk and stir until just combined.

Repeat the mixing with the remaining dry ingredients and milk in that order. After the batter is made, gently fold in three-quarters of the prepared apples into the batter.

Pour the coffee cake batter into the springform pan and then top with the remaining apples. Drizzle those apples with half of the salted caramel sauce. Sprinkle the streusel topping on top of the apples and sauce.

Bake the coffee cake- Bake for forty-five to fifty minutes.

Cover the springform pan with aluminum foil to prevent the top of the cake from browning too quickly and burning.

Salted caramel sauce being drizzled with a spoon on top of a slice of coffee cake.

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Bake for an additional 25 minutes. Check the center of the cake with a toothpick, it should come out dry. If it is wet, continue baking for a few minutes at a time. Oven times vary and this can cause a longer or shorter bake time.

Remove the apple caramel coffee cake from the oven and allow it to cool completely before removing the springform pan from the sides of the cake and drizzling the coffee cake with the remaining caramel sauce.

Yield: 10

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

A slice of caramel apple coffee cake being taken out of a 9 inch round coffee cake.

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake made with tender and buttery Granny Smith apples that are topped with a crunchy brown sugar crumb topping. Salted caramel sauce is drizzled on top of the streusel topping and the tart apples.

Ingredients

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted (for the apples)
  • 3 cups peeled and thinly sliced Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour - spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Streusel Topping

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour - spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Salted Caramel Sauce

Instructions

    Prepare the streusel and salted caramel sauce

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°
    2. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a skillet and add the sliced apples.
    3. Sauté over medium heat for a few minutes or until softened.
    4. Set aside and allow to cool.
    5. Stir together the streusel topping ingredients with the melted butter.
    6. Combine well and set aside.
    7. Prepare the salted caramel sauce per the directions of the recipe. Set aside.

Prepare the coffee cake

    1. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan by greasing and flouring to prevent sticking.
    2. Beat the softened butter together with the granulated sugar until smooth.
    3. Add the eggs one at a time until light and fluffy.
    4. Sift together the baking powder, salt, and all-purpose flour together in a bowl.
    5. Beat half of the flour into the wet ingredients followed by half of the milk.
    6. Beat the remaining flour mixture with the milk and mix until just combined.
    7. Gently fold in 3/4 of the prepared apples.
    8. Pour into a 9-inch springform pan.
    9. Top with the remaining apples.
    10. Drizzle the apples with half of the caramel sauce and top with the streusel topping.
    11. Bake for 45-50 minutes in the preheated oven.
    12. Cover with aluminum foil to prevent browning and bake for another 25 minutes.
    13. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before removing the springform pan.
    14. Remove the sides of the pan and allow to cool completely before drizzling with the remaining salted caramel sauce.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 568Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 384mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 3gSugar: 41gProtein: 7g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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Farrukh Aziz

Monday 4th of October 2021

This cake was amazing! That streusel topping was fantastic, and the flavors were delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Linda

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

I love everything about this coffee cake. Caramel really blends in every bite and that topping is outstanding!

Gail Montero

Friday 17th of September 2021

That scrumptious topping! Need to add this to my must-make fall baking list!

Natalie

Friday 17th of September 2021

This apple cake looks amazing. It will be such a nice addition to my dinner table this weekend. Thanks for recipe! I'm excited to try the cake. Thanks!

Claudia Lamascolo

Thursday 16th of September 2021

One of the best combination with apples is caramel my family was over the moon with this recipe delicious! thanks

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