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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is one of my favorite tasty treats…in theory – i am more often than not disappointed by the dry dense cake weighed down by a somewhat flavorless and stale crumb topping. This cake is so ridiculously moist and the crackly cinnamon-sugar top reminds me of the cinnamon toast my mom made growing up. yumm. Of course the apples are a delicious addition that also makes this toooootally healthy (its Christmas so I am going to stick with this theory).

You can make it a day or two early so it is perfect for a Christmas morning post-present rampage breakfast! That’s my plan anyway!!


Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake


1 10" cake


1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

12 oz unsalted butter (3 sticks)

3 eggs

2½ cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp kosher salt

1 cup sour cream

fillings and toppings:

1 apple, cored and sliced (and each slice halved)

½ cup heavy cream

½ cup sugar

1 tbl cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Grease a 10in cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl once or twice.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

With the mixer on low alternate adding the dry ingredients and the sour cream - about ⅓ of each at a time. Mix just until combined.

Mix the 1 tablespoon of cinnamon into the ½ cup sugar. Spread half of the batter in your prepared cake pan, getting it all the way to the edges.

Sprinkle about 2 table of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the batter then place a single layer of apples on top of this - pressing the gently into the batter.

Spread the rest of the batter over top - if you are making this ahead of time, stop here and continue to the next step just before baking.

Pour the ½ cup of heavy cream over the top of the cake then sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar evenly over this.

Bake at 350˚F for 45 minutes, until the center is set.

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