Spiced Apple Coffee Cake

When fall comes and the apples on our trees ripen, this is one of my absolute favorite coffee cakes to make, it's always a guest favorite. In late August our fresh pears are coming on and we also make it with pears sometimes.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 355 kcal
Author Blue Goose Inn Bed & Breakfast


Coffee Cake:

  • 1 ¾ C. 9 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 tart baking apples peeled and chopped (about 1 lb.)
  • 2 Tbs. apple orange, or lemon juice
  • 1/3 C. packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. cardamom
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ C. unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 ½ C. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggsGlaze:
  • ¾ C. confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tbs. evaporated milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract


For the Coffee Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease and flour a 9-inch round, spring-form pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In another bowl, toss the apples with the juice.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cardamom and cinnamon.
  6. Add to the apples and toss to coat then set aside.
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  8. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
  9. Add the dry ingredients in 2 or 3 increments and beat well until smooth.
  10. Gently fold in apples just until evenly distributed. (Do not over-mix.)
  11. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  12. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  13. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.

For the Glaze:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioner’s sugar, condensed milk, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Remove sides of spring-form pan and place the cake on a wire rack set over parchment.
  3. While the cake is still warm, drizzle with the glaze and let cool.