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Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Indulge in this delectable Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake, an ideal treat for any occasion. Topped with a honey cinnamon cream cheese glaze, this cake combines the tartness of apples with a sweet, creamy topping, creating a perfect balance of flavors.

Why You Will Love Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake:

  1. Rich Flavor: The combination of tart apples and sweet cake offers a delightful taste experience.
  2. Crunchy Texture: The pecan and brown sugar topping provides a satisfying crunch.
  3. Creamy Glaze: The honey cinnamon cream cheese glaze adds a creamy, tangy, and sweet finishing touch.
  4. Versatile Treat: Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a dessert.
  5. Gluten-Free Option: This can be made with 1:1 Gluten Free flour, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.

Ingredients Needed To Make Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake:

Ingredients for Cake:

  • GF Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Kosher Salt
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Lifeway Kefir (or sour cream)
  • Butter, room temperature
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Allspice

Ingredients for Topping/Center:

  • Chopped Pecans
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granny Smith Apple, peeled and finely diced

Ingredients for Glaze:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Cream Cheese

Variations & Substitutions

  1. GF Flour:
    • Substitute: Regular all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour if gluten isn’t a concern.
    • Variation: Use almond flour for a nuttier flavor, though this might change the texture.
  2. Lifeway Kefir (or Sour Cream):
    • Substitute: Greek yogurt or buttermilk for a similar tangy effect.
    • Vegan Option: Use coconut yogurt or a vegan sour cream alternative.
  3. Butter:
    • Substitute: Margarine or coconut oil for a dairy-free version.
    • Variation: Use browned butter for a deeper, nuttier flavor.
  4. Sugar:
    • Substitute: Coconut sugar, maple syrup, or honey for a different sweetness profile.
    • Reduce Sugar: If preferred, you can decrease the sugar amount for less sweetness.
  5. Eggs:
    • Vegan Substitute: Use flax eggs (1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 2.5 tbsp water per egg) or a commercial egg replacer.
  6. Apples:
    • Variation: Use different apple varieties like Fuji or Honeycrisp for varying sweetness.
    • Substitute: Pears or peaches can be used for a different fruit flavor.
  7. Pecans in Topping:
    • Substitute: Walnuts, almonds, or omit nuts entirely.
    • Nut-Free Option: Use sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  8. Cream Cheese in Glaze:
    • Vegan Option: Vegan cream cheese.
    • Substitute: Mascarpone or ricotta cheese for a different texture and flavor.
  9. Milk in Glaze:
    • Dairy-Free Substitute: Almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
  10. Flavorings:
    • Add-Ins: Mix in spices like nutmeg or ginger in the cake batter.
    • Citrus Twist: Add lemon or orange zest to the batter or glaze for a citrusy flavor.

How To Make Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This is a fairly easy and simple recipe to make! Let’s dig in (no pun intended).

  1. Prepare Oven and Dish: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×8 or 9″ round baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Cream Sugar and Butter: In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter on high for 3 minutes.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: Mix in the eggs, kefir (or sour cream), and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine with Dry Ingredients: Scrape down the sides and gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
  5. Prepare Topping: In a separate bowl, mix the pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar (leave out the apples for now).
  6. Assemble the Cake: Pour half of the cake batter into the baking dish. Sprinkle half of the topping mixture, add all the diced apples, and then add the rest of the cake batter. Finish with the remaining topping.
  7. Bake the Cake: Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 8.
  8. Let it Cool: Allow the cake to cool before adding the glaze.

Making the Glaze:

  1. Combine Glaze Ingredients: Mix powdered sugar, cinnamon, milk, honey, and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Adjust Consistency: If the glaze is too thick, add an additional teaspoon of milk until it reaches a drizzling consistency.
  3. Drizzle Over Cake: Once the cake is cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top.

Commonly Asked Questions

We know you have questions, and we’re here to answer them!

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

Yes, this cake can be made a day in advance. Store it in an airtight container at room temperature, and add the glaze before serving.

Can I freeze the coffee cake?

Absolutely! Wrap the cake well and freeze it. Thaw at room temperature and glaze it after it’s thawed for best results.

How should I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Is it possible to make this cake in a different size pan?

Yes, you can use different pan sizes. Adjust the baking time accordingly – a larger pan may require less time, and a smaller, deeper pan may need more.

Can I use a different type of apple?

Yes, feel free to use your favorite apple variety. Each type of apple will give a slightly different flavor and texture.

What can I use if I don’t have a stand mixer or hand mixer?

You can mix the batter by hand using a whisk or a wooden spoon. Make sure the butter is well softened to ease the mixing process.

Can the cake be made gluten-free?

Yes, it’s already designed to be gluten-free using 1:1 GF flour. Ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free as well.

Can I add nuts to the cake batter?

Definitely! Adding nuts like walnuts or almonds to the batter can provide an additional crunchy texture.

How do I know when the coffee cake is done?

The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached.

Can I make this cake dairy-free?

Yes, substitute the dairy ingredients with dairy-free alternatives like plant-based milk, vegan sour cream, and vegan butter.

Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze

Delicious Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake with a surprise crunch in the filling topped off with a tangy but sweet glace.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 625kcal


  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer or KitchenAid mixer
  • 8×8 or 9″ round baking dish-at least 2″ side



  • 2 cups 1.1 GF flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • sugar
  • 1 ½ cups lifeway kefir plain-sub sour cream
  • 1 cup of butter room temp
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp allspice

Topping/ Center

  • 1 ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granny smith apple peeled and finely diced


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 oz cream cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8×8 or 9″ round baking dish-at least 2″ sides with nonstick baking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl add the sugar and butter.
  • Mix on high for 3 minutes.
  • Mix in the eggs, plain kefir (sub-sour cream) and vanilla extract.
  • Scrape down the sides and add the dry ingredients.
  • Mix until just incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl add the ingredients for the topping (minus apples) and mix well.
  • Pour half of the cake mixture in the baking dish, sprinkle half of the topping in the center, sprinkle all the apples on top and add the rest of the cake on top and sprinkle the rest of the topping on.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow it to cool. Enjoy!
  • Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. If it’s not drizzling add 1 more tsp of milk until thinner.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 625kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 651mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 884IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 2mg
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