Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

Feb 21st

One of my best friends just had a BEAUTIFUL baby girl named Avery. She is the picture of perfection. With a baby brunch plan intact, I asked her what she wanted me to bring her. She says, “something warm, buttery, cinnamon-y. Hmm…blueberry buckle, but with apples… can you do that?” Oh heck yes.

If you haven’t made the blueberry buckle recipe on this site (under breakfast AND dessert, I think), then snap to it. It’s just silly, really, how good it is. What makes it so good is the crumb topping. It’s the.best.crumb.topping.ever.

I used my favorite apple cake recipe for the cake and topped it with crumb topping from the buckle. At first I was sad because the apple cake didn’t rise as well as the buckle did; after eating this cake, I realized that a higher topping to cake ratio is a very, very good thing. This would serve a crowd well with some greek yogurt and fruit for an easy brunch.

Apple Crumb Coffee Cake

Serves 12 

1 c. + 2 tbsp. sugar, divided

1/2 c. butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla

6 oz. fat-free cream cheese

2  eggs

1 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 c. peeled, cored, and chopped apples (Rome, Fuji, Gala, Macintosh…anything but Red Delicious), about 2 large.

Topping

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 c. softened butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Beat 1 1/2 c. of the sugar along with the butter, the vanilla, and the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed for about four minutes.

3. Add eggs, 1 at at time.

4. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add mixture to butter/sugar mixture.

5. Combine your remaining sugar (2 tbsp.) with the 1 tsp. cinnamon in a small bowl. Toss it with the apple chunks.

6. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Stir apples into batter, and pour batter into prepared pan.

7. In a medium mixing bowl, stir flour, sugar and cinnamon for topping. Cut butter into chunks and toss with the mixture. Break up (mash) the butter chunks using your finger tips until the mixture is a uniform looking crumb topping.

8. Top batter evenly with crumb topping. Bake 1 hour and check for “done-ness” with a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake. Toothpick should come out mostly clean, maybe a few crumbs. If toothpick comes out wet, bake longer, checking ever five to ten minutes with a fresh toothpick.

9. Cool and cut into squares.

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