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Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Recipe By Tessa Arias
September 30th, 2019
4.9 from 56 votes
4.9 from 56 votes

Easy Caramel Apple Coffee Cake features a brown sugar cinnamon apple cake layered with sweet streusel and topped off with salted caramel. It's the perfect simple fall treat EVERYONE will love!

Yield: 9 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

This recipe is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. Thank you for supporting me in working with brands I love to bring you new recipes!

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Sweet, tart, spiced, and wonderful. Like Autumn if it were a flavor!
Texture: The cake is ultra tender and moist which is perfectly balanced by the slightly crunchy streusel and gooey caramel sauce.
Ease: Super simple and easy.
Pros: One of those recipes you’ll make again and again!
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes yes yes.

I’ve been counting down the days until I could share this recipe.

Seriously!! It took me a few tries to get it just right. But when I did, I took it over to my Grandma’s house for family paella night and everyone loved it!!

Easy caramel apple coffee cake on a platter with a serving spoon and a slice already removed

It’s one of those delightful fall recipes that will go over great with any group.

Not to mention it stays moist and flavorful for days so you can make it ahead of time! Or hoard it for yourself to enjoy daily until it’s all gone. (I don’t know anything about that…)

Caramel apple coffee cake on a platter with a slice on a plate

I was excited to use Bob’s Red Mill Organic All-Purpose flour in this recipe to ensure show stopping tender and moist results! I’ve worked with Bob’s Red Mill for over a year now and am so grateful to have them as a sponsor.

They’re an employee-owned company with incredible values woven in. Not to mention this flour is made without the use of chemical pesticides which I personally greatly prefer.

How to Make Easy Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Caramel apple coffee cake batter in springform pan

How to Make Coffee Cake MOIST:

The brown sugar, oil, and sour cream are all ingredients that create richness, tenderness, and moisture in cake. They are used in full force in this recipe! If you don’t have sour cream, you can also use plain full fat yogurt.

I use oil here because it gives the sensation of moistness better than butter does. We don’t really need the flavor of butter here as much as other recipes. This cake has so much flavor already between the spices, brown sugar, apples, and caramel.

What kind of apples are best for baking?

I love Granny Smith apples in this recipe because they won’t get mushy or mealy during baking and their tartness complements the caramel perfectly.

However, you can also use Braeburn, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp.

Can I bake this in a square pan instead?

Yes! If you don’t have a springform pan you can use a 9-inch square baking pan. If you only have an 8-inch square pan then add 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time and keep an eye on it for doneness.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes! Double all ingredients and bake in a 9 by 13-inch pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.

Store-Bought or Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce?

I have an excellent easy recipe for homemade salted caramel sauce here. However, for this recipe I think you can totally get away with using store-bought. I prefer Trader Joe’s salted caramel sauce!

Layer of caramel brown sugar streusel over cake batter

How to store coffee cake?

This recipes stays SUPER moist for days after you bake it. I actually find the flavors intensify over time as well. Store covered at room temperature for up to 4 days. Serve at room temperature or warm. Reheat in the microwave if desired.

You can also freeze before drizzling the caramel on top. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Defrost at room temperature then refresh in a 300°F oven until warmed through.

Caramel apple crumb cake on platter

More fall apple recipes:

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4.9 from 56 votes

How to make
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Yield: 9 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Easy Caramel Apple Coffee Cake features a brown sugar cinnamon apple cake layered with sweet streusel and topped off with salted caramel. It's the perfect simple fall treat EVERYONE will love!


For the Streusel:

  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (64 grams) Bob’s Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons (43 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (56 grams) salted caramel sauce

For the Coffee Cake:

  • 2 cups (254 grams) Bob’s Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (200 grams) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (200 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons (56 grams) salted caramel sauce, for drizzling


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Make the streusel:

  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the streusel ingredients except caramel with a fork until crumbly.

Make the cake:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and brown sugar. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, sour cream, and eggs. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour in the wet ingredients. Gently stir until a few streaks of flour remain. Gently fold in the apples.
  2. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of the streusel and drizzle with caramel sauce. Spread the remaining batter over the streusel. Sprinkle with the remaining streusel.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes. Drizzle with salted caramel sauce before serving.
  4. Cut into slices and serve. Store leftovers, covered, at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Marti Crockett — October 1, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Can this be made gluten free? using GF flour?

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      Tessa Arias — October 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      I haven’t tried, but let us know if you do!

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    Shirley Han — October 1, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Love the apple and caramel combo. Recipe was easy to follow and quick to execute.

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    Ava — October 1, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    This coffee cake was delicious! The crunch from the apple and the streusel was amazing! It was sweet but not too sweet and very moist! The perfect fall dessert!

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      Ava — October 1, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      5 stars all the way!

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        Melody — October 11, 2019 at 1:02 pm

        Really easy recipe! Came out great!

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    DIANA Taylor — October 2, 2019 at 9:24 am

    just made it can’t stop eating it so good ..thanks for sharing Love it

  5. #
    Rose Stockmann — October 2, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    This was super easy to make and I had all the ingredients on hand. Tastes divine!!!

  6. #
    Leigha Milligan — October 3, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Super easy recipe! Love that I didn’t have to use my mixer at all, and the end result was delicious and disappeared within A few hours! I used a 9×9 square pan, and did have to bake it about 15 minutes longer than the recipe required, but it baked beautifully.

  7. #
    isabella — October 3, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    i am alleirgic to egg if you have a recipe please post it

  8. #
    Connie — October 5, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    This cake just screams Fall! I made this to bring into work but as I was drizzling the caramel on top (which by the way so easy to make and soooooo yummy!), my son guilted me into letting it stay home for the family, lol! It’s so good! The flavors compliment each other perfectly, the cake is soft and then you get the little crunch of apples and streusel, and the caramel just takes it to another level! Very easy to make too! I’m going to make another one to bring to work!

  9. #
    Marguerite — October 5, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    The cake smells so good! It came together easily when following Tessa’s directions.

  10. #
    Karyn Lucas — October 5, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I love the sweetness with the tang of the Granny Smith Apple and Very moist! Great recipe, I will definitely make this again!

  11. #
    Kathryn — October 6, 2019 at 7:42 am

    This didn’t last ling in the house! Love this cake for it’s moistness and not overly sweet flavor. Reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup and made a coconut milk caramel. Yum!!

  12. #
    Jeni — October 6, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Yum! I knew this would be a winner as soon as I saw the email! Thanks Tessa! And I think this might be the first time I’ve used my springform pan, but it worked perfect!

  13. #
    Joy — October 6, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    The Caramel Apple Coffee Cake was easy to make and delicious. Great recipe for fall apple season.

  14. #
    Regilyn Kozak — October 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Love this recipe… so easy to make and so delicious. Perfect for fall!

  15. #
    Velia Fernandez — October 6, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to make this one again. The caramel sauce recipe was a cinch too.

  16. #
    Cassie — October 6, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Perfect fall treat to go with coffee!

  17. #
    Stephanie May — October 6, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    This recipe is easy to follow and delicious! My entire family loved it! I also think I will be trying this recipe as muffins for an upcoming bake sale. The texture is perfect and not overly sweet. I also used the suggested caramel sauce from Trader Joe’s and it was absolutely delicious. Thanks for this amazing recipe.

  18. #
    Dana Eriksen — October 6, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I made these into muffins and they’re fantastic! Single 1.5 tbsp scoop into a lined muffin cup, streusel, caramel, another scoop of batter, streusel, and bake for 25 minutes. So good!

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      Stephanie May — October 7, 2019 at 6:14 am

      Perfect, thank you!

  19. #
    Taylor — October 6, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    It’s absolutely delicious! I would highly recommend this recipe!

  20. #
    Megan Gregory — October 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Very good! Filled the house with delicious Fall scents. Will be wonderful with a giant cup of coffee 🙂

  21. #
    Carla Moore — October 7, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Delicious! Even from making your own salted caramel the overall process comes togetherness so well and it’s like tasting fall in your mouth! Thanks for another great recipe Tessa!

  22. #
    Anika Lindemann — October 7, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Very easy recipe and turned out delicious! Tastes just like fall.

  23. #
    Caitlin Ferguson — October 7, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Absolutely delicious!! It took about twice as long as the recommended bake time before it was done.

  24. #
    Carla Moore — October 7, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Delicious and great directions!

  25. #
    Wendy — October 7, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    The cake was yummy and moist. I also made my own caramel sauce which my family loved. I had never made it in a cheesecake pan before and I like how you could take it out easily and serve on a cake plate. Thanks for another great recipe.

  26. #
    Adrienne Chang — October 7, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I made this cake for Apple Day, where once a year we host a potluck style dinner where everyone brings a dish with apples. It was a great hit and many of my friends asked for the recipe. The cake comes together so easily and goes great with apple cider and mulled wine. The perfect fall dessert!

  27. #
    Winni — October 8, 2019 at 12:38 am

    fantastic recipe, Thank you so much valuable recipe.

  28. #
    Marni — October 8, 2019 at 11:05 am

    My coworkers LOVED it! So moist.

  29. #
    Betsy In The Kitchen — October 8, 2019 at 11:33 am

    This is a yummy, easy to make and a must try recipe! The caramel combined with the apples scream fall dessert! My family ate the cake as quickly as it was out of the oven!

  30. #
    Joanne — October 8, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I doubled the recipe and cooked it in a Bundt pan. My husband helped me put away the groceries and then forgot where he put the caramel sauce so had to make that too. The cake was very moist and well received. Husband is now on his third helping!

  31. #
    Jessica K — October 9, 2019 at 3:44 am

    This recipe is simple and sooooooo yummy! I had it cooling as everyone else woke up and it was the perfect fall morning breakfast cake!! Definitely adding it to the regular line-up

  32. #
    Kenny — October 9, 2019 at 8:38 am

    This cake is really good. It came out so moist and the apples were perfect cooked with great flavor. Perfect for fall and a must have at parties

  33. #
    Cindy Q. — October 9, 2019 at 9:24 am

    A delicious and moist cake that is perfect for Autumn!

  34. #
    Lu — October 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Awesome recipe! Easy to make!

  35. #
    Linda James — October 11, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Apples, caramel and cinnamon-what’s not to like. I didn’t drizzle the caramel on top of the cake, just each slice as we eat it. Froze some of it for later. It is delicious.

  36. #
    Paulina Zacchia — October 11, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    So moist & flavourful! I had to use a smaller pan so it took longer to cook through & was a bit denser than it should have been, but still a great recipe!

  37. #
    Emily Leishman — October 11, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Amazing! Replaced some of the sour cream with vanilla yogurt, turned out great!

  38. #
    Erin — October 13, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I’ve never made coffee cake before. This came out insanely good! I used Pink Lady apples, which were really good. I think green apples would be even better. Also thinking about making an apple cider caramel sauce next time. Yummy!

  39. #
    Jewel — October 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Easy and delicious recipe!!

  40. #
    Julia Duarte — October 13, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    This was so good, I added cinnamon cider caramel drizzle top and more apples in the cake

  41. #
    Julia Duarte — October 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    This was so good, I added cinnamon cider caramel on top and added more apples in the cake

  42. #
    Ocean Lee — October 13, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Great recipe, moist cake and super easy to make. Did a double batch in a 9.5×13.5 glass pan. Baked at 325 for about 65 mins.

  43. #
    Sevde — October 14, 2019 at 2:42 am

    The only downside is even while people are eating, they want me to bake another cake. Love it thanks for sharing 🙂

  44. #
    Brenda Spicer — October 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I made this for Canadian Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and it was a huge hit!!!! I also made the homemade salted caramel sauce from Tessa’s website and it was absolutely amazing and easy to make!

  45. #
    chrysta hiser — October 14, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    This is such a wonderful fall recipe! Quick, easy and everyone loved it! Will be making this again.

  46. #
    Sonya Simpson — October 15, 2019 at 9:07 am

    What a very tasty coffee cake, and so moist. So good while it’s still warm. Such a beautiful golden color. Will definitely add to my favorites.

  47. #
    Andreia De Freitas — October 15, 2019 at 9:55 am

    This is a great recipe! I don’t know if it’s because of my oven or what, but I had to adjust the baking time quit significantly to make sure this super moist cake was cooked all the way through! Still a perfect cake!

  48. #
    Rebecca Small — October 15, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    This was fairly easy to make and such a great fall recipe! I’ll be making it again!

  49. #
    Sarah Oswald — October 16, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    This cake was so easy to make and made the house smell AWESOME I’m going to freeze it for Thanksgiving by I did taste a piece and it tasted AWESOME!

  50. #
    Sarah Mueller-Buehler — October 18, 2019 at 7:03 am

    I made this for my husband to take to work. He was drooling over just how great it smelled. It was super easy to make and delicious!

  51. #
    Sarah Mueller-Buehler — October 18, 2019 at 7:05 am

    This cake was easy to make, made the house smelled amazing, and was super delicious.

  52. #
    Melissa Thompson — October 18, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Absolutely delicious. Even by adding the caramel into the streusel by accident it was amazing. Definitely will make again!

  53. #
    Barb DuPont — October 18, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Very easy to make and very yummy. Made me hungry for more caramel recipes!

  54. #
    Barb DuPont — October 18, 2019 at 10:01 am

    This was so easy to make and loved how moist it was. Delicious and made me hungry for more caramel recipes.

  55. #
    Margarita Witte — October 18, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    This recipe was so easy to follow! It was my first to time make a cake with fruit.. this experience makes me want to try more cakes like this aside from flavored/buttercreamed cakes. The taste was good, I think I would add a little more flavor to the dough itself. Maybe more sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Or just more carmel

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