Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake is a delicious way to start your day or perk up an afternoon. Tender buttermilk based coffee cake is studded with fresh apples and lots of brown sugar cinnamon then topped with a dusting of powdered sugar for a treat that's as easy to make as it is to eat!

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake on plate with fork

As the weather turns cooler, I'm all about lazy Sunday mornings and big hearty breakfasts. On any given Sunday morning, you'll find me in my kitchen serving up recipes like my Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and my son's favorite Easy Peasy Buttermilk Biscuits.

Sunday morning breakfast has become somewhat of a tradition in my house ever since my kids were little. Even now with the kids gone and moved out, I still make a hearty breakfast for my hubby and myself.

Now, I've got a new favorite to add to the Sunday morning lineup...Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake.

Trust me when I say, you need this fresh apple cake recipe in your life!

It's so seriously good!

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake in pan

How do you make Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake?

What could be better than a warm tender cake (thanks to the buttermilk!) dotted with sweet apple pieces and an over the top brown sugar cinnamon swirl? 

Let me answer that for you. Nothing. That's what. 

If you are looking for a quick and easy apple coffee cake recipe, then you've come to the right place. This apple coffee cake recipe is easy to make! 

Just like with any quick cake or bread recipe, making sure you don't overmix the batter is key. Over mixing the batter will tend to produce a tough cake, so just don't do it! 

Once you've got the batter all mixed up, the apple and brown sugar cinnamon are simply layered over the batter in two steps. 

I've already mentioned this fresh apple cake recipe is excellent for a lazy breakfast, but it's also great for an afternoon pick me up with a cup of coffee or tea. (Can you believe when I was a kid I thought coffee cake had to be only eaten while sipping a cup of coffee?!) 

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake also would make an awesome dessert when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! 

I used Cortland apples in this apple cinnamon coffee cake recipe. Some of my favorite apple varieties to bake with include Cortland apples, Gala apples, and Jonagold apples. 

You can use whatever apple variety you like. Here is a handy guide to help you decide what kind of apple to use for this coffee cake courtesy of one of my favorite local Ohio apple orchards. 

You might have different apple varieties available to you according to where you live. 

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake on plate with fork and a bite with a cup of coffee

Can I make Apple Coffee Cake Muffins?

This apple coffee cake recipe can easily be made into muffins instead of a whole cake. Simply adjust the bake time (would be slightly shorter). 

I love baking with apples this time of year! If you like this apple cinnamon coffee cake recipe, you may also want to give Old Fashioned Fresh Apple Cake and this Apple Rum Raisin Cake a try! 

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Dessert, Breakfast
Yield: 12 servings

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake is an easy to make, tender coffee cake studded with fresh apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon for a sweet apple treat any time of the day!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 50 minstotal time: 65 mins


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 - 1/2 cups all purpose flour (use cake flour for an extra tender cake)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 - 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 med apples, cored, peeled and chopped into 1" pieces. (can use any variety you like, I used Cortland apples) 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8" x 8" baking dish with cooking spray or baking spray (like Baker's Joy)
  2. In small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. 
  3. In large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder with a whisk. 
  4. In large 4 cup measuring cup, whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. 
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and MIX UNTIL JUST COMBINED. Do not over mix! 
  6. Spread 1/2 the batter into the prepared pan, Top with half the apples and half the reserved brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Press down slightly.  Spread remaining batter over the apples and then top with remaining apples and brown sugar/cinnamon. With a knife, swirl the batter to swirl the apples and cinnamon into the cake. 
  7. Bake in oven for 40 - 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. All ovens bake differently, so make sure you use the toothpick to ensure the middle is done! 
  8. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, dust with powdered sugar (if desired), and enjoy warm! 


While this cake tastes great warm or cool, it's best enjoyed while it's warm from the oven! A cooled cake can be reheated in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.  Nutrition information is an estimate
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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake is an easy recipe for a fresh apple coffee cake made with buttermilk that's great for breakfast, brunch, or a sweet treat anytime of the day. Serve it as dessert or as a breakfast bread. Goes great with a cup of coffee or tea! #apples #cinnamon #breakfast #dessert #coffeecake #buttermilk

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  1. You had me at coffee cake! This looks amazing. I love love love all the fresh apples and cinnamon. This cake is soooo good!!

    1. The fresh apples and cinnamon really make the cake! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. What can I use instead of buttermilk?

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for your question. You can use plain milk, any fat content. Texture may come out a bit different but will still work. To make it more like buttermilk, you can add a tsp of plain vinegar or lemon juice to the milk. Plain, unsweetened yogurt would work also. Nut milk, coconut milk, or soy should also work, but again, might get a different texture.
      Hope this helps.

  3. Replies
    1. Hi Jerrica! Thanks for your question. I have never made this recipe in a loaf pan, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. You might have to adjust bake time a little for the change in thickness.

  4. Just made this for the second time. This time I doubled the recipe and made it in a 9 x 13 pan. It looks wonderful and smells amazing. Hope it tastes good as I'm bringing it to our morning bowling group. I used cake flour and love the texture and it is so moist. Thank you for this great recipe.

    1. Hi Mimi! Thanks for your review! I hope you enjoyed it! Yes, this cake is very moist!

    2. How long did you cook the cake in the 9 by 13 pan?

    3. Hi! To answer how long to cook if you double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 inch pan? I would start at the same amount of time listed in the recipe (40-45 minutes) and check for doneness at the 40 minute mark as described in the recipe card. Even though you are doubling the amount of batter, you are spreading it out more so it should be close to the original bake time. Hope this helps!

  5. It was delicious. I used a combination of apples but mostly gala.

    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you very much for your review.

  6. Delicious.. I added some walnuts.

    1. Hello and thanks for your comment! I'm so happy you enjoyed this recipe.

  7. Made this today. Only thing I did was use regular milk with 1T vinegar (let sit 5 min) to make homemade buttermilk. And then I cooked down the apples before adding to the cake. This went over so well. I will be making it again. Even my picky kid devoured it! Thanks for a great recipe.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the review.


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