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
Keyword apple, breakfast, cake, pastry, sweet
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.