Apple Sour Cream Cake is just what you need to make when its apple season! A fluffy and soft coffee cake with a surprise layer of apples and a crunchy almond cinnamon sugar topping.
Apple cake with sour cream is the best way to start your day! This coffee cake is so easy to make and it is perfect for breakfast or brunch. The apples add the perfect amount of sweetness and the streusel topping is just delicious. I always make this coffee cake when we have company because it is always a big hit.
Why you'll love Sour Cream Apple Coffee Cake:
- Perfect for fall: Fresh apples and warm cinnamon make this the perfect the autumn season dessert.
- Easy to make: Whether you're a novice or expert baker, you have to try this cake! It comes together with pantry ingredients and easy to follow instructions.
- Deliciously soft: The combination of sour cream and eggs in this recipe creates a very soft and tender cake.
- Versatile: Make this Italian coffee cake for any occasion, whether it's for a special event or a casual family dinner.
- Customizable: You could use a different variety of apples and adjust the cinnamon sugar to your preference. Since it's easy to make, you could even put it together last minute!
Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Apples is just what you need to make when its apple season! A fluffy and soft coffee cake with a surprise layer of apples and a crunchy almond cinnamon sugar topping.
Everyone should be totally adjusted to back-to-school days and it's totally time for a slice of sour cream coffee cake with apples. Yes! You all deserve a coffee break and a generous slice of this delightful cake!
Why is a coffee cake called a coffee cake?
I've been asked that by some Italian friends and even a relative or two, when it doesn't have to necessarily have coffee in it. A coffee cake is a cake to enjoy with your friends (or family)with a cup of your favorite coffee. It's so much fun to make a coffee cake or something a little different than a typical Italian cake when we stay in Italy.
My sister-in-law has such a sweet tooth and as soon as we arrive in Italy she wants to know what is new and different that I'll bake for them. And let me tell you, it's not easy getting into my mother-in-law's kitchen to bake something. This Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Apples is a cake you'll make all fall!
It's sort of a challenge at first to convince her we will be baking something without her help. Then once she's convinced, it's the matter of gathering the ingredients. Sometimes she's out of butter or eggs and she sends one of the grandkids down to the local shop to get what I need. Flour runs out pretty quickly there and she sends my father-in-law down to the cantina to get a bag.
There are often times the mixer is being used by her for something she's making and I have to wait my turn. I'm telling you, I have often lost my desire by the time we get every thing lined up to make the dessert. Or we have every thing ready to go, but we have to to the store to get something for dinner. It's always an adventure baking in Italy at my in-laws, and once in a while, we do get baking!!
What ingredients are in a apple coffee cake with sour cream?
Full printable recipe is below:
- All-Purpose Flour: used as the base for the cake batter.
- Sea salt: enhances the flavor of all ingredients in the cake.
- Ground cinnamon: adds warmth and depth of flavor to the cake.
- Granulated Sugar: both granulated and brown sugar are used for sweetness in the cake and in the cinnamon coating on top.
- Unsalted butter: adds richness and moisture to the cake batter.
- Eggs: provide structure and help bind all ingredients together.
- Vanilla extract: enhances the overall flavor of the cake.
- Sour cream: adds tanginess and moisture to the cake batter.
- Apple: peeled, cored, and sliced in thin pieces for a delicious fruity addition to the cake.
- Almonds or pecans: adds a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to the cake.
How to make an easy apple sour cream coffee cake?
Here are the steps (full printable recipe card is below).
Gather all the ingredients to make baking the cake easier.
Step 1: Heat the oven to 350°F and prep your cake pan.
Step 2: In medium bowl sift four, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Step 3: In a small bowl, stir chopped almonds, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
Step 4: With a hand mixer (or you could mix by hand)beat the butter with 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
Step 5: Add in eggs 1 at a time and the vanilla extract.
Step 6: Add flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with sour cream. Begin and end adding in the flour mixture.
Step 7: Spread 1/2 of cake batter into prepped pan.
Step 8: Layer on apples and sprinkle on cinnamon sugar.
Step 9: Spread the rest of the batter on top and sprinkle on the rest of the cinnamon sugar and almonds.
Step 10: Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool before slicing and serving.
Expert tips for Sour Cream and Apple Slice
- Make sure to use room temperature ingredients, as it will help the batter mix together smoothly.
- Be careful not to overmix the batter, as this can result in a tough and dense cake.
- Use a springform pan for easy removal of the cake after baking.
- To ensure an even layer of sliced apples on top, arrange them in a concentric circle.
- To prevent the apples from sinking to the bottom of the cake, toss them in a bit of flour before layering them on top of the batter.
- For added flavor and texture, try using different types of apples or adding nuts to the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Don't skip the step of cooling on a wire rack - it helps prevent sogginess and allows the cake to set properly.
Variations and Substitutions
- For a gluten-free option, substitute the flour your favorite gluten-free 1-1 baking mix.
- If you don't have any sour cream on hand, plain Greek yogurt or buttermilk could be used in its place.
- Chopped hazelnuts or walnuts could be substituted for the chopped almonds
- Pears or peaches could be used in place of the apples.
- For a vegan version, use a plant-based butter and substitute the eggs with flax or chia eggs.
- Lemon zest from one lemon would add a nice citrus touch to the cake.
- To make it more indulgent, drizzle caramel sauce over the top before baking.
- Use brown sugar or coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar for a deeper flavor.
What to serve with Sour Cream Apple Bread
- A sprinkle of powdered sugar for a touch of sweetness
- A scoop of vanilla ice cream
- Homemade or store-bought whipped cream
- Homemade caramel sauce
- Fresh berries or sliced fruit for a refreshing accompaniment
- A spoonful of Greek yogurt
- For something a little decadent, a drizzle of Nutella or chocolate hazelnut spread
Originally published October 2019 and updated for content on October 2023.
Storing Leftover Cake
Keep this coffee cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. It will stay fine refrigerated for up to a week.
Coffee cakes are usually made with baking powder (not typically risen with yeast, unless it's this fantastic apple cake) and they usually have a crumble topping that includes cinnamon. They can be square, rectangular or round and filled with fruit, chocolate chips or even the same crumble used to top the cake. So the most typical characteristic of a coffee cake is the fantastic crumble topping.
If you need 250 g sour cream: mix together 125g fresh cream + 125g of plain low-fat yogurt. Let it sit a few minutes and keep in the fridge for a few days if you're not using right away.
The cake is usually very moist from the addition of buttermilk or sour cream. And if you are baking one of these cakes while in Italy, it may be difficult to find sour cream. You could use 1/2 fresh cream and 1/2 low-fat natural yogurt mixed together to make your own sour cream. Make your coffee cake featuring seasonal fruit (like now, how about some fabulous end of summer peaches or plums), apples, pears, chocolate, apricots, lemon, and even a little caramel!
You could use whatever apples you have on hand. If you have a chance to get some apples for the cake, try to use a variety to get a combination of sweet and tart. I like to use Honeycrisp or Granny Smith for a bit of a tart flavor. Gala and Fuji apples are if you like a sweeter apple cake. If you can, try a combination of these apples.
Some other apple desserts to enjoy:
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Apple Sour Cream Cake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cups plus 2 Tablespoons sugar divided
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 apple peeled, cored and sliced in thin pieces
- ½ cup chopped almonds or pecans
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a springform pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- Mix together in a small bowl 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 Tablespoon sugar (you could use less sugar), set aside.
- Mix together in another small bowl the almonds, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a bowl and set aside.
- Beat butter and 1 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.
- Pour 1/2 of batter into pan. Smooth out with a rubber spatula.
- Layer on the sliced apples in a concentric circle making sure the apples don’t touch the edge of the pan and toss on the first cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Spread remaining batter on top and smooth out with a rubber spatula; sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar and almonds.
- Bake until a skewer inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 15 minutes. Invert onto wire rack; let cool completely.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information presented below is an approximation and may vary depending on the exact ingredients used.