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Apple Coffee Crumb Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

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We aren’t traveling for Christmas this year because my family is coming to us. Yay! We are already counting down the days. Everyone will be at our house on Christmas morning for brunch and to see what Santa left them under the tree:) I am starting to plan the Christmas brunch menu and I think this Apple Coffee Crumb Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze will have to make an appearance. It is easy to make, I bet you have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now, and it is a real crowd pleaser. The best kind of cake!

Apple Coffee Crumb Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze Recipe on This cake is SO good!

I love that coffee cake is acceptable for breakfast and brunch. Starting your day with dessert is always a good idea, especially on a holiday:) This cake is loaded with apple chunks so it is somewhat healthy, right? :) I love anything with a crumb or streusel topping and this cake has a thick crumb topping made of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The flavors go perfectly with the moist apple cake.

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The cake is wonderful with just the crumb topping, but why stop there? It also has a brown sugar glaze, which makes the cake extra special. I like to drizzle each piece with the glaze, right before serving. I can’t wait until Christmas to see my family…and to eat this cake. It is going to be a wonderful addition to our Christmas morning brunch.

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Apple Coffee Crumb Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Yield: 12-16 servings

Cook Time: 45 minutes


1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
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
2 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:
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 and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after the addition of each. In a separate bowl, 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 bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla, and water and mix until smooth. Drizzle the cake with the glaze and let harden slightly. Cut into squares and serve.

Recipe from Food Network

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72 Responses to “Apple Coffee Crumb Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze”

  1. Blog is the New Black — November 30, 2011 @ 5:28 am

    Santa will love this! 😉 Looks great.

  2. Rosa — November 30, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    That cake sounds amazing and looks irresistible! I am bookwmarking that recipe.



  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — November 30, 2011 @ 5:48 am

    This looks delish! I love apple cakes, crumb cakes…and that brown sugar glaze. Yes please. Can I just drink that? :)

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — November 30, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    I have an annual Christmas Eve brunch with my friends, this might have to find a place on the menu this year!

  5. Kathryn — November 30, 2011 @ 6:01 am

    I love anything with a crispy topping too – the combination of textures is just perfect!

  6. Becki's Whole Life — November 30, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    You had me at Apple Coffee Crumb Cake….and then again at brown sugar glaze:-)…holy yum, this sounds wonderful. I think this sounds perfect for Christmas brunch.

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 30, 2011 @ 6:18 am

    That glaze looks drinkable! Awesome looking cake!

  8. Erica — November 30, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    LOVE that everyone is traveling to you! Makes it so much easier with the baby!! This looks like perfection. A thick layer of crumb topping? I’m in ;).

  9. Melissa @ Kids in the Sink — November 30, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    I’m excited to be able to stay home this year too! We’re going to stay in our jammies all day and eat, eat, eat! My husband loves apple cakes so this could be part of our Christmas breakfast as well!

  10. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — November 30, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    It looks absolutely delicious. Pinned it so that I will not forget to try this one. I just love your recipes and your photos. Both are amazing!

  11. Julie @ Table for Two — November 30, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    I love apples & I love crumb cake. What a perfect combination of flavors. The crumb top is my favorite to eat, too :) and especially since this one has the brown sugar glaze, oh man..that’s to die for. Enjoy your time at home with the family!

  12. Heather (Heather's Dish) — November 30, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    my family’s coming out to see us too and i can’t wait! this sounds like the perfect Christmas morning treat :)

  13. Kelley — November 30, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    I’m a sucker for anything with apples! And coffee cake is the perfect excuse to eat dessert for breakfast!

  14. Cookbook Queen — November 30, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I can hardly stand how good this looks–I haven’t had breakfast yet and I would give anything for a piece of this cake in front of me!!

  15. spontaneous euphoria — November 30, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    absolutely heavenly!!

  16. vanillasugarblog — November 30, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    it’s all about the crumb isn’t it?
    and now there is glaze. perfect!

  17. Kristen | Pixelated Crumb — November 30, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    I love crumb topping on coffeecake and adding apples makes it even better! My entire life we’ve always made chocolate chip coffeecake for Christmas morning and it makes the morning even more perfect!

  18. Melissa // thefauxmartha — November 30, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    That brown sugar glaze looks heavenly! I like the way you think!

  19. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — November 30, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    That looks sinfully delicious! Would be a great treat for our New Year’s Day brunch.

  20. cassie — November 30, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    This looks heavenly. Christmas is coming to us this year too. I love everything about this!

  21. Amber, RD — November 30, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Looks yummy! Ah, dessert for breakfast. Just make it with whole wheat flour and it’s practically Shredded Wheat!

  22. Jen Gibson — November 30, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Hi, this looks awesome. A couple questions about the apples: 1) what variety can I use (sweet/tart/combination) and 2) how fine of a chop for this recipe? Thank you!

  23. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 30, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    I’m positive I could eat the entire batch myself! I’ll be seriously depressed when the good apples aren’t available again ’till next Fall!!

  24. Living The Sweet Life — November 30, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    Apple Coffee Cake is always delicious – but the brown sugar glaze, takes this recipe to an other level! What a great recipe and completely healthy (because of the apples) in my books :)

  25. Ann P. — November 30, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    WOW… these look amazing!!! Can I come over for Christmas brunch, too? 😉

  26. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — November 30, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    What a delicious coffee cake! Perfect for Christmas brunch.

  27. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — November 30, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    Um, I’ll have a wee bit of cake with a big bowl of that sauce. Actually, I’ll take a big bowl of both!

  28. Kiran @ — November 30, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    Holy yum! I love that you drizzle a delicious brown sugar glaze just before serving. I imagine this would be as delish with a scoop (or two) of ice cream 😉

  29. Jessica @ How Sweet — November 30, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    pretty sure i could drink that glaze straight. yep yep yep!

  30. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — November 30, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    this looks so good Maria! I hope you’re doing well. I am so excited to see you in January when I’m in Salt Lake

    • Two Peas replied: — November 30th, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

      I can’t wait to see you in January!

  31. Delishhh — November 30, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    OH MY this looks sooo good – I am not going anywhere either – just 10 weeks left so getting things ready.

  32. Esi — November 30, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    I totally have apples on the brain. You’re giving me good ideas :)

  33. susan — November 30, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    apples and brown sugar are a great combo

  34. Georgia Pellegrini — November 30, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    This looks magically delicious!

  35. Paula Ramsay — November 30, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    I made this exact recipe last night for a guy in the department next to mine at work! It got rave reviews!!!! It was soooo easy to make & the batter was super delish! I usually just take a tiny swipe off the beater and pass them off to hubby…not last night….I licked one clean! I never do that! I didn’t taste the actual cake, but everyone who did loved it! I will, for sure, make this one over & over! I didn’t change a thing!

  36. Kristina Vanni — November 30, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

    I can’t think of a happier moment all year than lounging in my pj’s and enjoying Christmas brunch! This dish sounds like a wonderful recipe for the occasion!

  37. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 30, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    Yum! I love a good coffee cake. And, surprisingly, don’t have one with apples – thanks!

  38. Jeanette — November 30, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    Love apples in cake – what a treat this would be for the holidays!

  39. nicole {sweet peony} — November 30, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    ahhhhh this looks delicious! i saw this on foodnetwork & had it bookmarked to make. i’ll definitely be making this for my family once i get back home. delish! :)

  40. Purabi Naha — November 30, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    Yummy cake…so moist! Just perfect for a kitty party! Bookmarked!!

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