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? ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

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  • 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.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This looks delish! I love apple cakes, crumb cakes…and that brown sugar glaze. Yes please. Can I just drink that? ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 ;).

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. I love apples & I love crumb cake. What a perfect combination of flavors. The crumb top is my favorite to eat, too ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

  8. my family’s coming out to see us too and i can’t wait! this sounds like the perfect Christmas morning treat ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!!

  13. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 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!

  15. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. In my opinion, coffee cake doesn’t make ENOUGH of an appearance in my life. Especially covered in caramel sauce! Yum.

  21. You always post such beautiful Photos! I love them! This looks really good, and I feel like it will make an appearance in my kitchen soon!

  22. i just found your blog , I think from Erica of Itzys Kitchen. I LOVE it! This recipe especially, my goodness, looks fabulous. I’m totally with you as well, I love anything with stresseul topping the crumbly, buttery, brown sugar is to die for.

    Congrats on getting your family to drive to you, hahaha.

  23. How funny! I ran across your site through Pinterest and started looking at all your recipes. I see this one for the apple coffee cake and am intregued. I click on it and it’s the same recipe from the Food Network that I found and made for my husband, a huge apple lover, for our Christmas brunch with his family. He LOVES this recipe. Me, not so much. Too much brown sugar. I like my coffee cake a little fluffier, like the recipe that used to be on the back/side of the Krusteaz or Bisquick box. But what I do to spice it up a bit is add a splash of Bailey’s to the batter or just replace the vanilla with Baileys. Then I replace the water in the glaze with Baileys. It really kicks it up a notch! Love your site!

  24. loved this recipe from the first time i made the cake ! then experimented with it, adding dates to the cake bater one time, and another adding crushed pecans to the crumble topping…. and each time the cake turned out delicious as ever!

  25. I’m looking to make this on Saturday and was wondering what kind of apples you used. This looks so delicious :)! Thanks!

    1. We usually use Granny Smith. Honeycrisp are good too, but hard to find when it’s not apple season. Enjoy!

  26. Thank you for your responding to my question. I made this cake this weekend and it was amazing!!! The cake itself is so delicious, and when you add the crumble and glaze it’s perfection! I will definitely make this again :)!

  27. I dug up an old recipe that was my tried and true for apple cake, but the handwriting was faded and the card torn, so I turned to your site. Ive tried many of your recipes and haven’t found a clunker yet. Thank you for another great recipe!

  28. I have had this printed for a couple of years now and I finally made it over the weekend! It was delicious! I made it in a smaller pan (9×9 square) and it took much longer to bake. I just kept adding 10 minutes until a toothpick came out clean. My family loved it! I think next time I will add an extra apple, that fits our taste. Thank you for sharing another yummy recipe!

  29. made this tonight! i replaced half of the flour with whole-wheat flour, and i threw in some chopped walnuts. very moist and flavorful, and i didn’t use the glaze. definitely a keeper! thanks!