Studded with diced apples and topped with a streusel crumble,
this Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is perfect for the chilly Fall mornings ahead!
I’ve always wanted to find hidden treasure. When I was a kid, I’d go hunting for hidden treasures in my grandparents’ old barn. I never found much aside from old boxes and magazines. And maybe a spider or two.
And then there was the time when the water main broke around the corner from my house in Charleston, SC. The water company dug up the street and sidewalk for several days. Like any 8-year-old kid, I of course went out there in the evening after the workers left to hunt for treasure. The funny thing is that I may have actually found treasure there. It was downtown Charleston, SC after all. Some pirate might have left his treasure chest there. Sadly, I didn’t find much aside from a few broken pieces of old pottery.
Did you guys see the news a few weeks ago about the treasure hunters who found $1 million in lost Spanish gold coins off the cost of Florida? How awesome is that?? I mean, those guys are professional treasure hunters, and they spend their lives hunting for discoveries like that one. But still. It’s enough to get your imagination going!
And then I heard a news story recently about an archaeologist who thinks that the lost city of Atlantis is near Santorini, Greece. He bases his claim on the ancient writings of Plato, but scholars still disagree on whether Atlantis was in the Mediterranean. Wouldn’t it be cool to find Atlantis? I volunteer to go to Santorini for a couple weeks to, uh, look around for a lost city. And maybe relax on the beaches and eat amazing Greek food, too. Just sayin’.
As long-time readers know by now, I love cinnamon. I also love a good coffee cake. The words ‘coffee cake’ will pretty much stop me dead in my tracks no matter the time of day. Now that the Fall baking season has returned, it’s time to get a coffee cake in the oven. And not just any old coffee cake. A coffee cake studded with diced apples and topped with a tasty streusel crumble.
Apple Streusel Coffee Cake
I’ve tried my hand at many different coffee cake varieties over the years. They were all tasty, but I kept having the same problem of the crumb topping sinking into the cake as it baked. A reader recently passed this recipe along as one of her favorites, and I just had to give it a shot. And since we are in the midst of apple season here in upstate New York, I decided to add in some diced apples.
The result was this delicious coffee cake with a layer of streusel in the middle and on top of the cake. The only problem was the fact that I used a bundt pan instead of a standard circular cake pan. Why is this a problem, you ask? Well, bundt cakes get flipped over once they are baked. That means that delicious streusel all ended up on the bottom of my cake. Oops. Oh well, no one minded too much. So embrace the chilly Fall mornings ahead with a slice of this Apple Streusel Coffee Cake.
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Apple Streusel Coffee Cake
For the streusel:
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
For the Cake:
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1¼ cups sour cream
- 3 cups apples diced (~3 medium apples)
For the Streusel
- Using a medium bowl, add sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir until well combined.
- Add the melted butter; stir until well combined.
- Add the flour; stir until well combined. Set Streusel aside.
For the Cake
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease and flour (or spray with nonstick spray) a standard bundt pan. Set pan aside.
- In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined; set mixture aside.
- Using a countertop mixer, cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes on medium speed).
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition.
- Add vanilla, lemon juice and sour cream; mix on low speed until well combined.
- Add dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on low until just combined.
- Fold the diced apples into the batter.
- Pour half of the batter into greased tube or round cake pan. Sprinkle half of the Streusel on top of batter. Pour remaining batter on top. Finally, sprinkle remaining Streusel on top of batter.
- Bake at 350°F for 53-57 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out mostly clean.
- Place cake on cooling rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing.