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Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

 What's an apple dessert doing in the middle of winter? I couldn't resist. I bake apple desserts whenever I am hit with the idea. A simple and lovely apple coffee cake is something I could deal with any day of the week.


Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

Because, let's face it! Nothing is better than an amazing apple cake. I know...that's just my opinion. But for me, it's what I prefer most days of the year. I've had plenty of amazing chocolate cakes and cheesecakes. Cupcakes and cookies are just fine.

There is just something about a simple cake with a not too sweet and juicy apple filling that makes my day a little brighter! How about you?
Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

I added a little streusel topping and that clearly was the right idea. There was no way this cake would be as amazing as it was without the addition of a sweet crumble in every bite. Buttery, crumbly, sweet apple...just perfect with an afternoon coffee or tea break. Or even for breakfast! I used this vegan cake batter that I just love! Everyone is keeping it lighter the month of January. If you have a different cake batter recipe you prefer, go ahead and use it. If you want to keep this vegan all the way, use margarine instead of butter for the crumb topping.
Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

So to brighten a cold and chilly winter morning, I offer you a slice of this beautiful and happy apple crumb coffee cake! Hope you are keeping warm, wherever you are. Hope you are enjoying the month of January so far. Thanks for stopping by!!



Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: approx 10 minutes
Cook Time: approx 55-60 minutes

Ingredients (1 8x8 square pan)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2/3 Cup Canola Oil
  • 2/3 Cup rice milk (or regular milk) + 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 2 Tbs Cornstarch mixed with 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Apple Filling
  • 5 large granny smith apples (or your favorite baking apples)peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2” pieces
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 tablespoons apricot jam (or your favorite jam)
Streusel Topping
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray an 8x8" square pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment.

Filling:
In a medium sauce pan, sauté the apples in medium-low heat with the lemon juice and spices(until they lose their crispiness). Add the jam and combine. Set aside to cool while you prepare the cake batter.

Cake Batter:
In a small bowl, add the milk and vinegar and give it a whirl. Let sit a minute. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients of the cake and whisk together. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oil, milk, water/cornstarch mixture, and vanilla. Mix well. Incorporate the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, scraping the sides of the bowl with your spatula.

Spread the cake batter evenly in the baking pan. Spread the apple mixture evenly on top.
For the streusel: In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 

Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the apple mixture.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Lower the heat to 325 and bake for about another 25-30 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Enjoy!

13 comments

  1. I really need a slice of this amazing cake right now!

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  2. Lora, your Apple Crumb Coffee Cake looks ah-mazing! I love using apricot or peach preserves in my apple fillings, too. It just gives it added dimension. (I learned about adding jams to fillings from Rose Levy Beranbaum.) That vegan cake looks phenomenal and I can't wait to try it! You are right...crumb topping is a must with coffee cakes! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

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  3. Lora, this is just gorgeous... just the kind of cake I love in our Autumn! I can almost smell it! : )

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  4. Swoon! This is exactly what is needed on a cold winter day.

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  5. There ain't nothin' wrong with apple cake all year long, Lora! It's one of my husband's favourite desserts so I try and be a good wife and make it for him every now 'n then, lol. This one looks incredible. I love those big juicy slices of apple and that crumble - yum! Perfection.

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  6. Hey girl!
    Had to say HI to you lovee!
    Great coffee cake, let's have some with espresso?
    avere una buona notte tesoro! <3

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  7. This is exactly what I have been wanting to bake - don't know why but it has been on my mind - looks delicious!

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  8. Hey, I think if you can find apples year round in the store you can bake appley things year round! LOL This apple cake looks delicious!

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  9. Hi Jenni-I agree!:) Thanks so much.

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