Apple streusel coffee cake

A light and fluffy coffee cake that is bursting with fresh apples and topped with a generous streusel topping

Apple streusel coffee cake

Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year already? I can’t. I feel like summer was just yesterday.

Back in September (or was it October? I can’t remember!), my family and I went apple picking. I had almost forgotten that we still had a bunch of apples from that trip. I asked my family what I should make, and apple coffee cake was one of the suggestions. In fact, I received a very specific request to add the “crunchy stuff on top.”

Apple streusel coffee cake

I made sure that this coffee cake had a generous layer of streusel on top, since we all know that’s the best part of any coffee cake. We enjoyed some of this warm with some ice cream on top. There may or may not have been some caramel drizzle too…

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy this cake! Oh, and because it has “coffee” in the title, you can absolutely eat it for breakfast. 🙂

Apple streusel coffee cake

Husband’s rating: 4.5 out of 5
Addie’s rating: 4.5 out of 5
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Apple streusel coffee cake

A fluffy coffee cake that is bursting with apples and is covered with a generous streusel layer. Serve warm and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an even more perfect dessert!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake
Servings: 16
Author: Eva Bakes



  • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup (4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 medium sized apples (or 2 large) peeled, cored and cut into small chunks


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature


Make the cake

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Generously grease or line a standard 8”x8” baking pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium sized bowl, mix together the melted butter, egg, buttermilk, and sugars.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix well until smooth. Fold in the apples.
  • Transfer the batter to your prepared baking pan. Smooth out of the top with a spatula.

Make the streusel

  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugars, cinnamon, and flour. Cut in the butter until you get small pea-sized pieces. I used my hand to mix the butter in.
  • Sprinkle the streusel on top of your batter.
  • Bake in your preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool before slicing and serving.
  • Optional: serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and/or caramel sauce drizzled on top.


Leftover cake should be stored, covered, in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. It will keep for a few days. The cake can also be frozen and thawed. 
Source: Ever so slightly adapted from In the Kitchen With Matt

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