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Apple Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese

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Craving a yummy fall treat that’s easy to make and perfect to share with friends and family? We hear you! This Apple Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese recipe is the answer, and the secret ingredient to its deliciousness is Joyfully Grown Apples! These apples are hand-picked, faithfully grown, and packed with love to deliver fresh, fruity flavor to families around the world. Head to their website today to see their amazing selection and experience the Joyfully Grown difference!

Now, back to the coffee cake! This isn’t a complicated cake – even beginners can bake it easily. It’s a fluffy cake filled with a cream cheese and apple layer in the middle, all topped with a crumbly sugary topping. Every bite is delicious and will make you feel happy and cozy. Think about enjoying this with a hot cup of coffee on a cool fall morning – yummy!

Why You’ll Love Apple Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese

  • Simple and Easy: This recipe is simple to follow and only uses simple ingredients.
  • Perfect for Sharing: Make this coffee cake for potlucks, bake sales, or just enjoy it with friends and family. It makes a lot, so there’s plenty to go around!
  • Weekend Brunch Star: Wanna impress everyone at brunch? This coffee cake is a guaranteed hit. Serve it warm with a cup of coffee for a yummy weekend treat.
  • Make-Ahead Magic: Busy schedule? No problem! Make this coffee cake ahead of time and enjoy it later. Just bake it a day before and it’ll be fresh and delicious.
  • Endless Fun Variations: Feel free to get creative and change things up! We’ve got some cool ideas below to spark your inspiration.

Ingredients Needed To Make Apple Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese

  • Gluten-Free flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Room temperature butter 
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cream cheese 
  • Powdered sugar
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Brown sugar
  • Joyfully Grown Granny Smith apples
  • Joyfully Grown Honeycrisp apples
  • Powdered sugar (for glaze)
  • Milk

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use All-Purpose Flour?

Yes, All-Purpose Flour can be used. Use the same amount that is listed in the ingredients, but swap with all purpose.

Can I use regular dairy?

Feel free to make this recipe your own. I use dairy-free milk, but feel welcome to choose your preferred dairy option without any recipe adjustments. Unless specified otherwise, you have the flexibility to use the milk of your choice for the recipe.

Note: While almond milk is an option, it is less preferred due to its liquid consistency. Consider opting for a milk alternative with a thicker texture.

How To Make Apple Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese

  1. Preheat and Prep: Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and spray an 8×8 baking dish or 9-inch round baking dish (at least 2-inch sides) with nonstick baking spray. 
  2. Cream Cheese Layer: In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth and set aside. 
  1. Cake Batter: In another mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter on high for 3 minutes. Mix in eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides and add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, and ground cinnamon). Mix until well incorporated. 
  1. Streusel: In a separate bowl, combine streusel ingredients (chopped walnuts, ground cinnamon, brown sugar, and flour) and mix well. 
  1. Assemble Cake: Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top. Sprinkle half of the streusel mixture in the center and half of the apples on top. Add the remaining cake batter on top, followed by the rest of the apples and streusel. 
  1. Bake: Bake for 55-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely in the baking dish. 
  1. Glaze: Mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle on top of the cooled cake. 

Variations & Substitutions

  • Nuts: Use different types of nuts such as pecans or almonds instead of walnuts for variety. 
  • Spice: Add nutmeg or allspice to the cake batter for extra warmth. 
  • Fruits: Add different fruits such as pears or berries to the streusel for added flavor. 

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use other types of apples?

Absolutely! This recipe is versatile when it comes to apples. Feel free to use Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, or even a mix of your favorite tart and sweet varieties. Just keep in mind that some apples are more watery than others. If you use an apple that’s very juicy, you may want to toss the chopped pieces with a tablespoon of flour before adding them to the cake to prevent excess moisture.

Can I make apple coffee cake ahead of time?

You sure can! This coffee cake is perfect for making ahead of time. Simply bake it according to the recipe, then let it cool completely. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to serve, you can warm it up slightly in the microwave for a few seconds.

How can I tell if my apple coffee cake is done?

The best way to tell if your coffee cake is done is to insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, your coffee cake is good to go! If it comes out with batter clinging to it, bake for a few more minutes and check again.

Apple Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese

Apple Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese. You’ll wanna hit the save button on this recipe for Mother Day. This coffee cake is easy to make & so delicious. The star ingredient is Joyfully Grown Honeycrisp & Granny Smith Apples. Their apples are hand picked, faithfull grown, packed & delivered to families around the world. Head to their website today to see their amazing selection!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 878kcal

Equipment

  • mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 8×8 baking dish or 9-inch round baking dish (at least 2-inch sides)
  • Spatula
  • Toothpick for testing doneness
  • nonstick baking spray

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 2 cups 1.1 gluten-free flour or all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

Streusel Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 8 tbsp room temperature butter
  • 1 cup 1:1 gluten-free flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 Joyfully Grown Granny Smith apple peeled and finely diced
  • 1 Joyfully Grown Honeycrisp apple peeled and finely diced

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp milk

Instructions

  • Preheat and Prep: Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and spray an 8×8 baking dish or 9-inch round baking dish (at least 2-inch sides) with nonstick baking spray.
  • Cream Cheese Layer: In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth and set aside.
  • Cake Batter: In another mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter on high for 3 minutes. Mix in eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Scrape down the sides and add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, and ground cinnamon). Mix until well incorporated.
  • Streusel: In a separate bowl, combine streusel ingredients (chopped walnuts, ground cinnamon, brown sugar, and flour) and mix well.
  • Assemble Cake: Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top. Sprinkle half of the streusel mixture in the center and half of the apples on top. Add the remaining cake batter on top, followed by the rest of the apples and streusel.
  • Bake: Bake for 55-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely in the baking dish.
  • Glaze: Mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle on top of the cooled cake.

Notes

  • Nuts: Use different types of nuts such as pecans or almonds instead of walnuts for variety.
  • Spice: Add nutmeg or allspice to the cake batter for extra warmth.
  • Fruits: Add different fruits such as pears or berries to the streusel for added flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 878kcal | Carbohydrates: 97g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1440IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 2mg
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