Apple Coffee Cake

2 Mar 2016

Apple Coffee Cake

 This apple coffee cake makes for a perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. Soft cake filled with apples, topped with crunchy cinnamon streusel.

Apple Coffee Cake

Today was my first snow day ever! 

And by snow day, I don't mean the first time I have seen snow on the ground. I live in Canada after all. I mean that school was cancelled because of all the snow on the ground. This might have been the only day that I didn't want to have a snow day at all. It is final exam week at my school, and I had a couple of exams and presentations prepared for my students today. I bet they were really excited about this snow day.

Apple Coffee Cake

The good thing about a snow day is that it gives me an excuse have a baking day! Not that I really need an excuse, but it is always nice to have the whole day to yourself - warming yourself up with an oven that is always on and a nice cup of tea in front of you.

I started the day with baking some of my favorite ginger nectarine baked oatmeal. I can honestly say that I could eat that oatmeal all day and all night. I may never get bored of it. For lunch, I made some homemade bagel bites (which I may post on the blog later, but it is so easy to make, I might not bother). Then I made this cake so that I can have an afternoon snack.

The only downside to this day is that I have done so many dishes, my hands are cracking they are so dry. I should probably wear gloves so that my already dry hands don't get even more dry by all the dishes I need to wash by hand (no, we don't have a dishwasher), but...YOLO.

(Totally inappropriate use of YOLO, but whatevs)

Apple Coffee Cake

This cake was everything my day off needed... and more! Soft cake with bursts of apple chunks in the centre, and a hard, cinnamon streusel topping for that extra crunch. I will keep this recipe close at hand for all of those days that I buy wayyy too many apples, and eventually have a lot that need using.

Which, let's be real here, happens at least once a month.

Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake
printable recipe

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the milk and vinegar. Set aside to "sour".
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar and vegetable oil. Add in the egg until fully incorporated. Mix in the "soured" milk. Add in the baking soda, vanilla and flour, and mix in until fully incorporated.
  4. Fold in the apple. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the white sugar, cinnamon and butter. Sprinkle evenly over the batter.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Adapted from Pinch of Yum

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  1. This coffee cake looks amazing- I just want to cover EVERYTHING with streusel :)

  2. Ermergerddd I live in Toronto too!! Where abouts are you?
    I was hoping for a snow day Wednesday at work, but of course, the weather networks managed to over estimate how bad the storm would be. Too bad!

    1. I live in the beaches area! The only reason I got a snow day was because the school buses weren't running, and 90% of our students come to school on a school bus.

  3. Oh my..I just love streusel on my coffee cake... You made it so gorgeous Catleen.

  4. That cake is so old school! I haven't had one in ages. Thanks for the recipe. I wish I were snowed in! (Big fan of Toronto, btw.)

  5. This looks amazing! There really are few things I love more than a good apple coffee cake . . . especially one with streusel! I'm half tempted to run down to the kitchen now to make it (and devour it as a late night snack)!

    xx, Caitlin

  6. We are fans of anything with streusel! This coffee cake looks simply amazing.

  7. That looks delicious, Cathleen! I love a good homemade apple cake and glad you got to having a baking day with the schools closed :)

  8. This looks like the perfect treat for a snow day or really any day for that matter!

  9. I have a deep love for all things coffee cake. And this apple coffee cake looks crazy good! It looks so tender. Yum!

  10. I forgot that you live in Toronto. I didn't get a snow day at work, but I was relieved that my commute was much easier than I feared!


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