Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

This easy-to-make recipe is a favorite of ours in the fall. I’ve had many requests for this recipe so when I made it this morning, I knew I’d share it with you!

apple coffee cake

With its light tasty flavor and bursts of apple chunk goodness throughout, this Apple Coffee Cake is a perfect recipe for this time of year.

(Scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe)

What you’ll need – nothing out of the ordinary:

In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy:
Beat in 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Combine 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp baking powder:

Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with 1 cup of sour cream, mixing well after each addition:

See? Mixed well

Then add about 2 cups of cored, peeled, and chopped (small) apple.

I don’t know if you’re supposed to use a mixer or not (remember I’m new to the fabulous world of Kitchen Aid mixers) but I couldn’t resist and threw my apples in. I mixed it for only a few seconds and it was perfect:

Spread the dough into a 9 x 13″ greased baking dish.

Now it’s time for the topping – that’s the best part, right?!
Mix 3/4 cup packed brown sugar with 1 tsp cinnamon. Then cut in 2 tablespoons butter until it’s crumbly. I used a fork.

Sprinkle over the batter!

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until it tests done.

DONE! (Yeah I realize my pan isn’t so pretty)

 Ooh apple goodness!


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 Apple Coffee Cake*

  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening (I use regular)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tart apples (approx 3 medium-sized apples)


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 TB cold butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla, Combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, mixing well after each addition. Stir in apples. Transfer to a greased 9x13x2″ pan or 2 8″ square pans.


For topping, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in nuts; sprinkle over batter.


Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.


*recipe credit goes to Taste of Home and can be found here.

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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. That looks SO good. I’m definitely going to try this.

  2. That looks so good! Perfect for the holidays!

  3. this is so off topic(the coffee cake looked great . btw) but I had the same dinnerware pattern till just about a year ago when I broke the last bowl and finally got new stuff. :)

  4. Brooke @ Untrained Hair Mom says:

    This looks and sounds really good..a must try! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Great tutorial, love the step by step pictures! I love coffee cake but haven’t made it in ages

  6. I have some apples and this would be a great thing to do with them. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. I’m telling you, you should open a bakery. I don’t like to cook or bake. This looks sooooo yummy! Your’s looks way better than the one I buy at starbucks. :)

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