Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

It’s been a few days since I mentioned it here, but I’m so very happy that it’s fall! Oh, I love it so. I wore a scarf to go to dinner last week. A scarf! And, I’m spending a good portion of my brain activity thinking about what kind of boots to buy. Is anyone else this excited?

Of course, fall is also a very thrilling time for bakers. I get so giddy when I see fresh apples and pears and such. You can make such homey, comforting desserts with fall fruits. The kind of desserts that make you want to curl up under a blanket with your fall-inspired dessert and just savor every bite.

I’ve had so many apples staring back at me from my countertop recently. I’m rightly amazed that I’ve not been overwhelming all of you with apple recipes. But, I could resist them no longer and decided to make this coffee cake. Let me tell you that this is, simply put, fall in a pan.

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is a buttery, sweet cake packed with apples, currants, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

The cake portion of this coffee cake is not that different from other cakes. It’s buttery and sweet. And, it has plenty of sour cream, which is one of my favorite cake ingredients.

But, in between layers of soft, moist, delicious cake is a combination of apples, currants, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Frankly, it’s pretty amazing. It gives a wonderful contrast to the cake in both flavor and texture. Then, there are all those toffee bits scattered on top plus a sweet cinnamon glaze. It’s everything I want a fall cake to be.

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake


    For the streusel:
  • 1 & 1/2 cups finely chopped apples*
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • For the cake:
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup toffee bits
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


To make the streusel:

Combine apples, currants, pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and mix well.

Decrease mixer speed to low. Add flour mixture in three portions, alternating with two portions of sour cream. Mix just until combined.

Transfer half of batter to prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle streusel mixture evenly over batter. Spread remaining cake batter evenly over streusel.

Sprinkle top of batter with toffee bits.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a serving plate. Or, cool completely in pan if serving directly from the pan.

To make the glaze:

Combine confectioners' sugar, 2 teaspoons of milk, and cinnamon in a small bowl. If necessary, add more milk until the glaze is the desired consistency.

Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.


*I used one large Jonagold apple.

Recipe adapted from an unidentified recipe clipping.

As I’m sure many of you do, I have so very many recipes I’ve collected from magazines over the years. Some are ones I’ve saved, and some I got from my mother. I found this recipe among the hundreds, but the source was not indicated on the recipe. If any of you happen to know the original source, please let me know so that I can credit it properly.

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  1. Vicki @ WITK October 21, 2013 Reply

    I’m also very excited about fall! I bought two pairs of boots and also wore a scarf to dinner this weekend! Love it! I also love apples in all things, so I want this cake!

  2. Tahnycooks October 21, 2013 Reply

    Ok, so if fall motivates you to bake delicious cakes like this one then I just fell in lone with Fall all over again!

    Oh my, I would love a big O’ slice of this loaded with goodies cake!

    Btw…I was just trying to find myself some boots over the weekend with no success! :( I will not give up!!

  3. I think I’ve reached the point in fall where I am over pumpkin but still very much into apples. Mind you, I always go for apples, especially in dessert!

  4. I absolutely love coffee cake, and the addition of cinnamon-laced apples only makes this cake even more appealing!

  5. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile October 21, 2013 Reply

    Oh yum! We are in Spring on my side of the world but I totally want to make this nonetheless!!! xx

  6. Mike October 21, 2013 Reply

    That looks so great. Definitely a project for this weekend! Come on, toffee bits AND a cinnamon glaze!

  7. Nan October 21, 2013 Reply

    This looks so wonderful! I don’t remember Mama ever making this, so it might have been in a “to try later” status. I might even attempt this one!

  8. Joanne October 21, 2013 Reply

    Fall is definitely my favorite baking season!! The apples get me going every time and this streusel cake looks pretty much ideal in every way.

  9. Laura@baking in pyjamas October 22, 2013 Reply

    This cake sounds great, I love how you’ve added currants and pecans to it. Delicious! I’ll be featuring this bake on my baking news feature this week on my blog. Have a great day!

  10. Colleen October 22, 2013 Reply

    Coffee cake and apples – perfect pair. I’ve never thought of adding toffee bits. Great idea!

  11. Linda October 22, 2013 Reply

    Guess I’m not the only baker who gets giddy at this time of year. I nearly lose sleep thinking about what I want to bake next! This one gets added to the list for sure. The hard part is finding someone to give it to who isn’t overwhelmed by everything else I keep baking and giving to them. Luckily I have a few groups to spread the love around. I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had discovering your site and making these recipes. I feel I’m connecting with a kindred spirit! Thanks!!

  12. Leah October 22, 2013 Reply

    This sounds fantastic! Will have to try it sometime!

  13. Becca @ Crumbs October 22, 2013 Reply

    Oh yay I am so loving all the apple recipes currently around!

  14. Josie - Frozen Yogurt October 23, 2013 Reply

    Hi Jennifer, This look gorgeous. Love this kind of recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  15. Priya Baby October 23, 2013 Reply

    Looks so wonderful…will be making it this weekend.Love your blog.

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