Apple-Vanilla Coffee Cake

by Amy on 22 November 2015

Apple-Vanilla Coffee Cake | www.FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was assigned Chocolate & Chillies, a wonderful blog full of some seriously good-looking recipes. Initially, I was going to make one of her Indian meals (her family is from India, so she has a great variety of Indian recipes), but in the end, her Apple Coffee Cake looked too delicious to pass up. Coffee cake is one of my all-time favorite sweet treats, and I had a couple apples just begging to be made into something delicious. So, how did it turn out? Scrumptious. It’s a light, airy, buttery cake filled with tasty little bites of vanilla-sugar apples, topped with a simple, perfectly sweet oat streusel. While my husband and I loved this as breakfast, my two-year old thought it was perfect for dessert. It can be a sweet breakfast treat, or a simple dessert, depending on your mood. Breakfast, snack, or dessert, we all agreed that it was awesome!

Thank you to Asiya for introducing me to this perfect Apple-Vanilla Coffee Cake + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

Apple-Vanilla Coffee Cake | Apple-Vanilla Coffee Cake |

Apple-Vanilla Coffee Cake

serves 8-12, adapted from Chocolate and Chillies and Smitten Kitchen


1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 apples, cored, peeled + quartered
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided
2 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup rolled oats
optional: Confectioners sugar, for dusting or caramel sauce, for drizzling


Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Generously butter a 9- by 2-inch round cake pan or springform pan (Amy’s note: I prefer a springform pan for easier removing/serving). Line bottom with a round of parchment paper and butter the parchment.

Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into a food processor with tip of a paring knife (reserve pod for another use if desired). Add sugar and pulse to combine. Transfer the vanilla-sugar to a bowl.

Pulse apple slices with 1/2 cup vanilla sugar in processor until just chopped (this will take just a few pulses — do not purée). Set aside.

Whisk together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together 1 stick butter and 1 cup vanilla sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down side and bottom of bowl. Reduce speed to low and mix in flour mixture and milk alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour, until just combined. Add in the chopped apple mixture and mix until just combined.

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Blend remaining 1/4 cup vanilla sugar with the oats and the remaining 2 tablespoons each of butter and flour, using your fingertips. Crumble evenly over top of cake.

Bake at 350 degrees until a wooden pick inserted into cake comes out clean and side begins to pull away from pan, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 30 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely, crumb side up.

When ready to eat, dust lightly with confectioner’s sugar, drizzle with caramel sauce, or eat exactly as is. Enjoy!

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1 Amy (Savory Moments) November 23, 2015 at 7:53 am

This coffee cake looks wonderful. I’m going to have to pin it to my apple recipes board for next year when I’m looking to use up apples after we get tons apple picking! I recently joined the SRC (think I start in Feb) and I’m super excited. It always looks like so much fun!

2 Rebekah @ Making Miracles November 23, 2015 at 8:41 am

That cake is just gorgeous – what a perfect breakfast or brunch treat, or dessert! Yumm!

3 Karen November 23, 2015 at 9:57 am

WOW! Amy! What a totally SUPER looking cake, and such a brilliant SRC pick for this month! Karen

4 SallyBR November 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

I absolutely LOVE this type of coffee cake, and know that it would be a huge success with people from our department…

gotta put that into the “to make soon” folder…

Have a great Reveal Day!

5 Katrina November 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

This sounds so delicious!! Coffee cake is the best!

6 sarah k @ the pajama chef November 23, 2015 at 10:52 am

mmm, this looks so good! apple coffee cake is always a favorite :)

7 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories November 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

That is sooooo pretty looking! Apple and vanilla sounds delicious, and your photos are stunning.

8 Christine November 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm

This cake is so beautiful! A perfect light fall dessert! Great SRC pick!

9 Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen November 24, 2015 at 6:58 am

Amy, this cake looks so gorgeous and delish. Anything coffee is a HIT for me. It must have tasted wonderful.

10 Emily @ Life on Food November 24, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I have a weakness for coffee cake too. This recipe is hard to pass up.

11 Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm November 25, 2015 at 7:26 am

I have a fondness for apple cakes. We had apple trees when I was growing up and apple cakes were served for my birthday each year. Thanks for sharing.

12 Cailee November 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Wow!! This looks amazing! Such a beautiful recipe! …and so versatile! Perf for brekkie, brunch, dessert, whateves! Love it!

13 Beth November 27, 2015 at 11:35 pm

This coffee cake looks wonderful – and when I saw it was originally from Smitten Kitchen, I knew it wasn’t a coincidence! I’ve had fabulous luck with her recipes. Thanks for sharing this one via Chocolate and Chillies.

14 Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies November 30, 2015 at 8:45 pm

So glad the coffee cake turned out well! Thank you for your kind words :)

15 Tara December 1, 2015 at 10:03 am

Such beautiful photos! My husband would love this.

16 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Coffee cake is often something that I overlook and forget exists, but this one demands my attention!

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