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Apple Coffee Cake

November 7, 2011

For the majority of my life I have played field hockey. And after eleven years, my career in field hockey has officially been brought to an end.

Although it wasn’t always easy to love, I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding experience and senior year of field hockey. There have been so many times I wanted to give up and quit, but I continued to fight and believe because it wasn’t about me anymore, it was about something so much bigger than myself, it was about my team.

I am so grateful for the teammates I’ve gotten to know and play with throughout my four years of collegiate field hockey. They have all helped me become the person I am today and have always been there to support me in everything I do. They are family.

As difficult as it is to close this chapter in my life, I look forward to the next one with great anticipation. Although I am not quite sure where my future will take me, I can say with certainty that I will not be the person who wakes up at 6AM to run six 300’s, gauntlets, and perform hang cleans in my spare time. Helllllo, elliptical machine and more free time for baking!

And that’s exactly what I did this weekend. I baked a cake. But not just any cake—Apple Coffee Cake. Apple Coffee Cake with a Crumble Topping and a Brown Sugar Glaze. It was light, moist, soft, and bursting with apple flavor. It was possibly the highlight of my week.

What am I talking about? It was most definitely the highlight of my week.

Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping recipe slightly adapted from Emeril Lagasse:


1 stick plus 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples

Crumble Topping:

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Brown Sugar Glaze recipe by Heather’s Dish:

Brown Sugar Glaze:

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons water

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with 2 teaspoons of the butter.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the remaining stick of butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating after the addition of each. In a separate bowl or on a piece of parchment, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream and vanilla. Fold in the apples. Pour into the prepared baking dish, spreading out to the edges.
  3. To make the topping, in a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter, and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping over the cake and bake until golden brown and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.
  4. To make the glaze, in a saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat and stir until all sugar is dissolved.  When cake is finished baking, poke holes in the top with a toothpick.  Pour glaze over the cake, making sure to cover all surfaces.  Serve cake warm or at room temperature.
11 Comments leave one →
  1. AKGDDM permalink
    November 7, 2011 9:40 am

    I like this recipe. I like that you used brown sugar and unsalted butter. With cinnamon, vanilla extract and chopped apples (in season) is the perfect combination. I could have used the baking utensils like these

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  2. Kiky permalink
    November 7, 2011 11:24 am

    Enjoy your new chapter in your life!!

  3. Amber permalink
    November 8, 2011 11:39 am

    I fee the same way about track – which I stopped running after high school.

    This cake looks amazing though. Have you thought about selling some of your baked goods?

    • November 8, 2011 12:21 pm

      It’s a tough thing to let go! I actually have baked for bridal/baby showers before… Maybe I should broaden my horizons and have a bake sale for the holidays?!

  4. November 10, 2011 9:34 pm

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  5. Bryn permalink
    September 12, 2012 7:05 pm

    This cake was amazing!!!

    • September 17, 2012 10:07 am

      I’m so glad you liked it, it’s one of my favorite coffee cake recipes! I’m thinking pumpkin next.

  6. Leslie permalink
    November 4, 2014 9:48 am

    Can these be made as muffins instead of a cake?

    • November 5, 2014 2:04 pm

      I’ve never tried, but I don’t think there would be any issue! But thank you for bringing this recipe to my attention, I might have to make it this weekend (maybe in muffin form so I will let you know) because it was so good when I made it two years ago!


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