Apple Coffee Cake

A super easy and out-of-this-world delicious Fall treat! Soft & fluffy, packed with apples and topped with a yummy Cinnamon Sugar Crumble... no one will guess it's gluten-free!

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Apple Coffee Cake

A total crowd pleaser -- Perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert!

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 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 flour (we used GF Jules Flour, affiliate link), salt, baking soda, milk and apple cider vinegar .

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For the crumble, all you need is sugar, cinnamon and chopped walnuts for the crumble.(used only in the crumble, omit if nut-free).

And it comes together in no time!

The batter will be thick. Pour and spread it evenly into a pan lined with parchment paper, so that it comes out easily, depending on how you want it served.

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

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Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Happy Baking!

Scroll down for recipe and leave a comment if you try.


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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!
Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Gluten-free Vegetarian
Serves: 15 pieces
Coffee Cake
  • ½ cup butter or dairy-free butter alternative, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour, with xanthan gum (I used GF Jules all purpose flour - affliate link
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour milk (1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, then add enough milk to make 1 cup total; let sit 10 minutes)
  • 2 cups baking apples, skin removed & cut into approximately ½ inch cubes (you want slightly tart, not sweet, apples)
Cinnamon Sugar Crumble
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  1. 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)
  2. Prepare the Cinnamon Sugar Crumble by combining all ingredients in small bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream butter and brown sugar until well combined.
  4. Mix in egg.
  5. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
  6. Combine flour, salt & baking soda in a medium bowl and mix with a pastry cutter, whisk or fork.
  7. Add flour mixture and sour milk alternately into butter/sugar/egg mixture until well blended
  8. Stir in apples.
  9. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  10. Sprinkle crumble topping on top of cake batter.
  11. 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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8 thoughts on “Apple Coffee Cake

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

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