Caramel Apple Coffee Cake


Caramel apples are the best…I love the combination of gooey, buttery caramel and crisp, slightly sweet and tart apples. Yum! What could be better? Maybe nothing. Or maybe this Caramel Apple Coffee Cake! It has yummy bits of caramel and chopped apple, and a sweet, crunchy, brown sugar/oatmeal topping. There’s also some Greek yogurt mixed in the cake batter to make it extra moist. It’s a great combination, and it tastes best served warm, while the caramel bits are still soft and gooey. It makes a sweet autumn breakfast with a hot cup of coffee or tea!

This recipe also gave me a chance to try some samples of butter I had received from Président® Premium Butter–they had sent me a Butter Bar, a tub of Spreadable Butter, and a container of their Sea Salt Butter. It definitely is a premium butter–made from cultured cream–and is so good, whether you use it in baking, cooking, or just as a spread on crackers or bread. It’s actually the #1 butter in France. I used some butter from their unsalted butter bar for this recipe.


Makes an 8 x 8″ coffee cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chopped, peeled tart apple (I used a Granny Smith apple)
  • 2/3 cup Kraft Caramel bits


  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour an 8 x 8″ baking pan; set aside (if you use a 9 x 9″ pan, your cake will be thinner and baking time will be a little less; I think this works best with an 8 x 8″ pan).

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla, blending well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chopped apple and caramel bits.

Pour or spoon batter (batter will be thick) into prepared baking pan. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over batter.

Bake at 350˚F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. Serve warm.


I had to do quite a bit of experimenting with this coffee cake before it came out right and my taste-testing friend Rick helped me refine it. I really appreciate those friends who taste-test for me and fortunately, they never seem to get tired of it! 🙂 Have you been baking any caramel-apple flavored desserts?

Linked to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener and Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy.


48 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

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  2. Sue

    Dear Nancy, welcome to the party this week and thank you for bringing this lovely cake to share with us. I really love coffee cakes and this one looks fabulous, I’m sure due to the quality of the butter as you mention. I only use the high fat butter in my baking and I absolutely concur that you can taste the difference! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Sandhya

    What a yummy recipe! I love the flavor of caramel apples and this cake is just perfect with a cup of tea in the fall weather!

  4. Ginger

    Can you believe it, I have never made a coffee-flavoured cake! Perhaps something to do with my mum’s horror stories from the war – she wanted a marbled cake for her birthday and my granny made one, using ground coffee (probably even coffee substitute!), which had been boiled already several times to make several day’s worth of coffee, in place of the cocoa …
    Never mind, I love the cinnamon apple flavour and might, one day, get over that family trauma!

    1. nancyc Post author

      Hope you like the cake, Ginger! It actually doesn’t have any coffee in it, but it does taste great with a cup of coffee! 🙂 I usually call the more lighter breakfast cakes I make “coffee cakes.” Although this is sweet enough to have as a dessert if you want!

      1. Ginger

        Oh no, I didn’t read the small print! Looking at the pictures I got a bit carried away imagining caramel and coffee flavoured cakes… I even started looking into baking a cake with coffee! And all for nothing 😉

  5. Candace

    This looks amazing! Caramel apples are delicious but so messy. This is a nice and neat version of them :). I would love this with my morning coffee!


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