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Apple Cider Coffee Cake is baked to perfection with a streusel topping and a simply mouthwatering apple cider glaze. Indulge in this Fall fantasy of a dessert today!
I hate to see summer go, but at the same time… I love to see all the fall recipes start popping up!
I sure to love grilling all those summertime favorites, but the season of baking is up on us and I for one can’t wait to get started. Something about the smell of cinnamon and all the warming spices in the kitchen just gets me so giddy! Honestly, this apple cider coffee cake seems like a pretty good place to kick off fall baking!
Pumpkin sure does get a lot of love in the fall, and I totally get it.
I mean, I can tear into pretty much any pumpkin dish with a smile on my face. However, I feel like apple recipes don’t get enough love!
When I think of Fall, I think of sipping on piping hot apple cider while watching the leaves turn to orange and brown. This cake is a direct translation of that cozy feeling.
While the cake itself is fluffy, full of apple cider flavor and downright delicious, the toppings really do a good job at stealing the show.
The streusel topping is rich with deep, yet sweet flavors, and the apple cider glaze is what autumnal dreams are made of. Seriously – if you have anyone else in the house while you make this, you might want to consider deciding on who gets to lick the spoon prior to baking!
Ingredients for apple cider coffee cake
The cake itself calls for:
- Butter – Unsalted is the best for this recipe.
- Sugar – Plain white granulated, nothing fancy!
- Egg – It can be room temp or cold.
- Vanilla extract – Just one teaspoon is all you need.
- Milk – I’ve found that whole milk does the trick just fine.
- Apple cider – Try to use a good quality apple cider so that flavor is super present!
- Baking soda – To help keep things fluffy, of course!
- Salt – The smallest pinch.
- Flour – All-purpose is needed for this cake.
- Apples – Use Granny Smith apples for the best results.
For the streusel topping, you’ll need:
- Butter – Just like in the cake, use unsalted.
- Cinnamon – You can add an extra pinch if you love that fall flavor it brings.
- Brown sugar – Use dark brown sugar for an extra rich flavor.
The apple cider glaze requires:
- Apple cider
- Powdered sugar – No other sugar can be substituted.
How long will apple cider coffee cake stay fresh?
In an airtight container at room temperature, this cake will stay fresh for about 3-4 days. Enjoy it in that time with your coffee, or at night as a sweet treat before bed.
What happens if I overmix the cake batter?
See how nice and fluffy my cake is in these pictures? That’s because I didn’t over mix my batter!
Over mixing batter can result in a flat, dense cake, which is never what you want when you’re making coffee cake of any sort.
Satisfy that apple craving all autumn long!
Apple Cider Coffee Cake
- ½ cup (114 g) unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (220 g) brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup (118 ml) milk
- ½ cup (118 ml) apple cider
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ cups (313 g) flour
- 2 granny smith apples, peeled and cubed
- ¼ cup (57 g) butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup (94 g) flour
- ½ cup (110 g) brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Apple Cider Glaze:
- 3 tablespoons apple cider
- 1 ½ cup (180 g) powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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- Preheat the oven to 350 °F (177 °C). Prepare a 8-inch square pan with parchment paper or cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl mix together all streusel topping ingredients. Place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the cake.
- In a large bowl mix together with hand mixer softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until combined. Add in egg and vanilla extract, mix again. Add in milk and apple cider, beating one final time. Set aside.
- In a separate medium bowl combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add half the dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and combine with a rubber spatula. Add in remaining dry ingredients and cubed apples and mix again. Do this until just combined. This makes sure not to over mix. Pour batter into a greased pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Batter will be thick. Top with streusel topping and bake for 60-65 minutes.
- While the cake is baking, make the glaze. In a small bowl combine glaze ingredients. Allow the cake to cool for one hour before drizzling glaze. Drizzle using a piping bag or spoon. Enjoy!
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