Apple Coffee Cake

A super easy and out-of-this-world delicious Fall (or anytime!) treat! Soft & fluffy, packed with apples and topped with a yummy Cinnamon Sugar Crumble... no one will guess it's gluten-free! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert!

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Apple Coffee Cake

Easy, Wholesome and Crowd-pleasing!

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Coffee cake is always a good idea, and this Apple Coffee out of this world!

Soft and fluffy, moist, packed with apples and so yummy!

We eat it for breakfast, serve it at brunch, snack on it after school and even it for dessert.

And if you are nice enough to share it with friends and family, no one will believe it’s gluten-free!

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The recipe is based on my Mom’s Rhubarb Coffee Cake which we adore. It was a favorite growing up and we now make it gluten-free using GF Jules Flour  (affiliate link) and every bite is as good as I remember… maybe even better.

This is essentially that recipe adapted for Fall (and the rest of the year!) with apples!

So if you’re loving apple season as much as we are or maybe even went apple picking and are overloaded with apples, I can’t recommend this enough!

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And it’s super easy to make.

It’s made with 12 pantry staples + apples!

For the cake all you need is:

butter or dairy free butter

brown sugar

1 egg

vanilla extract

gluten free all purpose flour (we used GF Jules Flour, affiliate link)


baking soda


apple cider vinegar

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Back to the gluten-free Apple Coffee Cake….

The first thing you need to do is make your “buttermilk” (you could always purchase buttermilk and skip this step)

Add the apple cider vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then add your milk of choice and let sit for 10 minutes while it curdles. Super simple!

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Next I like to make the crumble and set it aside.

For the crumble, all you need is:



and chopped walnuts

Allergy friends: nuts are used only in the crumble, if allergic to walnuts, you could substitute pecans or if nut-free maybe oats or just use cinnamon sugar… lots of choices!

Then mix together the batter…

Start by creaming the butter and sugar. Then add in egg and vanilla.

Meanwhile mix together your dry ingredients… this both combines them and makes the flour finer which helps give the coffee cake great texture.

Then alternately mix in the buttermilk and flour mix.

The batter will be thick.

Stir in the apples, and that’s it!

A note on the apples.

I am often asked what kind of apples to use. You can use any apples you love but I happen to like granny smith with this recipe.

We like the tart apple with the cinnamon sugar crumble.

gluten free apple coffee cake #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes www.healthygffamily.comThen pour the batter into your baking pan and spread it evenly.

We like to place parchment paper in the pan so that it comes out easily when you serve it.

Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar crumble all over the top, and bake!

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And look at all the apples!

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This is a must make, especially during apple season.

Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Happy Baking!

Looking for more apple treats?

Have you tried our..

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Topping?

Apple Crisp?

Dutch Apple Cake?

They are all favorites of ours and yours! Enjoy!

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4.89 from 17 votes

Apple Coffee Cake

We adapted my mom's rhubarb coffee cake recipe for Fall and made it with Apples! Soft and fluffy, moist, not too sweet, packed with juicy apples and out of this world delicious! This super easy recipe is perfect for breakfast, snacking, brunch or dessert!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Brunch
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional, Nut-Free optional, Gluten-free Vegetarian
Keyword: gluten-free coffee cake easy recipe, easy gluten-free cake recipe, apple recipes, gluten-free dessert recipe, apple coffee cake, gluten-free apple coffee cake
Servings: 15 pieces
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family


Coffee Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter or dairy-free butter alternative softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour with xanthan gum we use GF Jules all purpose flour - affliate link
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk* *to make: add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to a liquid measuring cup, then add enough milk to make 1 cup total; let sit 10 minutes
  • 2 cups tart apples skin removed & cut into approximately 1/2 inch cubes (you want slightly tart, not sweet, apples)

Cinnamon Sugar Crumble

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts* * if nut-free, sub gluten-free oats OR skip and increase sugar and cinnamon quantities if nut-free to 3/4 cup sugar and 3 teaspoons cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x13 pan with parchment paper. (You could grease the pan but I like the parchment paper because then you can lift the entire coffee cake out and cut into perfect pieces)
  • Prepare the Cinnamon Sugar Crumble by combining all ingredients in small bowl and set aside.
  • Cream butter and brown sugar until well combined.
  • Mix in egg.
  • Add vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Combine flour, salt & baking soda in a medium bowl and mix with a pastry cutter, whisk or fork.
  • Add flour mixture and sour milk alternately into butter/sugar/egg mixture until well blended
  • Stir in apples.
  • Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle crumble topping on top of cake batter.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until a knife comes out of center clean. I like to bake uncovered for 30 minutes, then cover with foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes so that it is well cooked in the center but topping doesn't over brown
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27 thoughts on “Apple Coffee Cake

  1. 5 stars
    Really delicious and moist cake! I didn’t have any walnuts on hand so I left them out but this cake was still a big crowd pleaser.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! Made this cake this morning and it turned out perfectly. A great brunch treat. Thanks for so many wonderful GF recipes.

  3. Will this recipe work with almond milk in place of regular milk? Would honeycrisp apples work for the cake or are they too sweet?

  4. 5 stars
    So delicious! I have made this recipe twice already this Autumn season (it goes that quickly!). The flavours, the fragrance, and texture? Perfection. Highly recommend. My daughter is a few months in to her celiac diagnosis and our whole family is appreciating so many of Karen’s delicious recipes.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe did not disappoint. Very moist and flavourful. I used cashew milk and PaneRiso Egg Replacer due to an egg allergy and it turned out perfectly!
    I will definitely be making this again!

  6. 5 stars
    Just made this and it is fabulous!! And super easy!!! I used the parchment but I’m thinking I may not next time as the bottom is almost too moist. The batter wasn’t as thick as yours but who cares because this is so good I can’t stop eating it!! Thank you once again!!! My celiac tastebuds are so happy! ?

  7. 5 stars
    Just made these and they are delicious! I mixed the walnuts into the batter instead of the topping and only used enough of the sugar topping to cover the cake, probably about 1/4 of the full amount. It is moist and delicious ??

  8. Hi
    I made this apple cake today and it was amazing and I can eat gluten !! Tastes like regular non gf coffee cake but with apples of course . I used a smaller pan so had to cook it almost twice as long but it was delicious. Next to your pumpkin cake/ muffins , this is my new favourite

  9. 5 stars
    An awesome recipe, the whole family (gf and non-gf loved it). Perfect for a rainy morning breakfast or school day snack. Will definitely be making it again soon. I did bake it for longer than it asked for, and it came out perfectly.

  10. 5 stars
    I made these withy access Granny Smith apples and they came out perfect. My husband who doesn’t really love gluten free baked goods gobbled them up in two days. 😄

  11. 5 stars
    This was a crowd pleaser. Even my skeptical college boys came home and loved how moist it was. Not too sweet. Lovely! Today we will try it with blueberries. Thank you!!

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