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Vanilla Apple Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel and Cinnamon Glaze

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This tall, fluffy cake perfectly captures the Fall season. Full to bursting with apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts, it is the most beautiful golden-brown color. Autumn never tasted sweeter!

Every Saturday my area of NYC has a cute little farmer’s market that comes and sets up down the street from my home. During the summer there are piles upon piles of jewel-toned berries, fragrant herbs, and fat red tomatoes. In the Fall, there are golden ears of corn, round orange pumpkins, and mountains of the most delicious apples I have ever tasted.

I knew I had to utilize such an amazing gift. For as the old saying goes – With great apples comes great responsibility.

Or something like that.

Everyone has their own special apple pie recipe, and I am no different. However, it’s pretty late in the apple game, and I’m sure you’ve already made an apple pie, or two (or even three if you’re an addict like myself). So instead of another pie recipe, I’ve got a tasty alternative: apple coffee cake. Soft, fluffy, and gently spiced, it’s perfect for munching, snacking, and/or gobbling.

Because as they say – An apple cake a day keeps the doctor away!

Or something like that.

Now as a disclaimer, I don’t drink coffee because I’m Mormon, but I most certainly eat coffee cake. Especially this coffee cake. Want to know why?

Take a look:

 

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That’s heaven right there, sitting beside a steaming mug of hot chocolate and some conveniently placed cinnamon sticks. Deeeeelicious!

 

This coffee cake has got three entire apples in it. It has a crunchy walnut streusel topping, and even comes with a cinnamon glaze. Although if I’m being perfectly honest, you don’t even need the glaze – unless you’re a total sugar fiend.

Which I am. So, I use the glaze.

Just to give you an idea of how much I love this cake, I basically ate the entire thing myself.  Every time I walked past it, I had to snitch some more, and I walked by a lot.  I have a small apartment. It was inevitable. Poor Husband only got a single piece!

Oh well, snooze you lose out on apple cake, I always say.

Or something like that.

 

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See? You defiitely need the glaze.

 

 

Here’s What You Need:

Cake:

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 peeled baking apples chopped (I used a combination of Braeburn and Granny Smith)

Streusel:

  • 2 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts

Glaze for one piece:

  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon

Here’s What You Do :

  1. Prepare a 9-inch round cake pan. Trace the bottom of the pan onto parchment paper, cut out the circle and lay it in the bottom of the pan. You can prevent the paper from moving around by coating the pan with cooking spray first. Make sure to coat the top of the paper and the sides of the pan with cooking spray as well. Set aside and turn oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  3. Beat butter and sugars together in large bowl on medium for five minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time until incorporated, and then add the vanilla. Make sure to do this slowly or your batter will separate.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula just until combined. Fold in the apples. It will seem like the batter might be too thick and there’s a strange ratio of batter to apples, but never fear: it will all work out.
  5. Dump your batter into the prepared pan and spread it as evenly as you can.
  6. Combine butter, sugar, and flour for streusel. Sprinkle evenly on top of cake batter, followed by chopped walnuts.
  7. Place the cake on the center oven rack and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from cake. The streusel will be gooey at first and will get on the toothpick. This will make it look like it’s not baked when it is, so watch out for that.
  8. Let the cake cool before running a butter knife around the edge of the cake inside the pan. Turn out onto a plate, then invert onto your cake plate. You can enjoy it plain or add the following glaze.
  9. (Optional)
    Mix together powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Drizzle over cake slice and enjoy!

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Patti
    October 8, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Oh my goodness gracious! That looks and sounds so tasty! I just might need to make this very soon.

  • Reply
    Patti
    October 8, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Oh my goodness gracious! That looks and sounds so tasty! I just might need to make this very soon.

  • Reply
    Melissa
    October 8, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Such pretty pictures! It looks amazing! I wonder how many Mormon kids grew up thinking they couldn’t eat coffee cake. (How many besides my husband, that is.)

    • Reply
      maxwellemm
      October 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      I thought I couldn’t! I thought I was being so rebellious when I tried it the first time haha. And thank you!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    October 8, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Such pretty pictures! It looks amazing! I wonder how many Mormon kids grew up thinking they couldn’t eat coffee cake. (How many besides my husband, that is.)

    • Reply
      maxwellemm
      October 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      I thought I couldn’t! I thought I was being so rebellious when I tried it the first time haha. And thank you!

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