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? πŸ™‚ 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

Cook Time
45 minutes
12 -16 servings


  • 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. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside.
  2. 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. 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. 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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Maria Lichty

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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