Apple Spiced Coffee Cake

Spiced Apple Coffe Cake Recipe with awesome flavor and texture of apple season. @whiteonrice

Before we left for Australia there was a bit more pantry cleaning we needed to do, trying to minimize any produce going to waste. Diane had roasted up the teriyaki glazed brussels sprouts for us to munch on, but there were apples, persimmons, and tons of garden fresh limes which most likely weren’t going to survive the two weeks we’d be gone.

For the persimmons and limes we called in Diane’s parents, as they are always willing to take any of those we have to offer. All of our travels landed smack dab in the middle of when our giant fuyu persimmons ripened this year, and no way were we going to let the squirrels eat them all. Diane’s dad came over and we picked every nearly ripe persimmon which hadn’t already been damaged or snacked on by the resident birds and squirrels. You should have seen his face light up.

Spiced Apple Coffe Cake Recipe with awesome flavor and texture of apple season. @whiteonrice WhiteOnRiceCouple.comfragrant fresh apples make this cake wonderful

Spiced Apple Coffe Cake Recipe with awesome flavor and texture of apple season. @whiteonrice

And no Vietnamese turns down good limes. Diane’s mom loves our limes. I mean LOVES our limes. As she says,”Da stoe bought ones not da same. Your limes so good.” So our limes found a good home. I can guarantee some will find their way into the best dipping fish sauce a soul can make. Her fish sauce is the best of the best. Ask any of the girls that either do or have worked in her nail salon over the past 20 years.

Now to the apples. We only had a few left from recent shopping forays, but it would suck to let the go to waste. Last month we posted a pumpkin spiced coffeecake with we’ve had to make a couple times since because it was so good. So why not try a riff off of that recipe?

Spiced Apple Coffe Cake Recipe with awesome flavor and texture of apple season. @whiteonrice

So I axed the pumpkin puree, bumped up the sour cream, tweaked the spices a bit, and added in grated apples. I thought about sautéing slices of apples and layering them in, but this way was quicker and easier, and with so much to do in the four days we were home in-between the NY/Seattle trip and the Australia trip, quick and easy seemed best.

It came out fantastic. I had previously thought the pumpkin spiced coffeecake was on of best I’ve had, however now I can’t decide. This apple one is pretty damn tasty. No need to compete, there is plenty of love for both.

Hope you enjoy!


Spiced Apple Coffe Cake Recipe with awesome flavor and texture of apple season. @whiteonrice


5 from 1 vote
Apple Spiced Coffee Cake
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

If you have some on hand, cake flour will help make this coffee cake a little lighter. Use 1 3/4 cup of cake flour for the batter (instead of the 1 1/2 all-purpose flour). For the topping it doesn't matter which flour you use. 

Use whichever your favorite nuts are for the topping. Some of our favorites are pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds. 

Makes one 9-inch cake.

Servings: 8 servings
for the topping:
  • 1/3 cup Flour (40g)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (110g)
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher salt or sea Salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted Butter (85g) , cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup chopped Nuts (@100g) (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, or almonds)
for the batter:
  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Clove
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ginger or 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Butter (113g or one stick)
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar (220g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream (180ml)
  • 2 cups peeled and grated tart Apples , about 3 medium apples
  • (optional) powdered sugar , for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.

  2. Make the topping: In a bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pinch in the butter, or use a pastry cutter, until it looks like coarse crumbs. Mix in the chopped nuts, and then refrigerate topping until ready to top the coffeecake.
  3. Make the batter: In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and salt for at least 20 seconds. Set aside.
  4. With a mixer beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla extract and sour cream. Mix in the grated apples until combined.
  5. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the topping over the batter and then bake. Bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. Allow to cool, then remove from pan. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Cut and serve.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Charlie

    I made this recipe last night and it is delicious, WHOA!!! I used 3 fuji apples which turn out to be a lot juicier than the photo of your apples above – I just squeezed the grated apple before adding to batter so it wasn’t too runny. I also subbed out sour cream for plain greek yogurt because I always have the yogurt and never have the sour cream. This is a great recipe, I’m sure I’ll be making it many times this fall/winter! Always impressed with you guys <3 – Charlie,

  2. Mary Frances

    I wish I could have a piece of that right now! It looks wonderful 🙂

  3. ines @ between kitchens

    This cake looks absolutely delicious! I may be trying to make a gluten-free version really soon 🙂 Thanks for the share!

  4. Jessica @FoodLuvBites

    I really love your camera shots. Anyways, this looks great.

  5. Allegra

    I am not fond of either cloves or cinnamon – I know, I know, but I guess I overdid it when I was young and so now I am paying for it. Anyway, I have found that apples and cardamom are made to be together with the help of ginger and in my cake today, a pinch of saffron for whimsy. I made it this morning, no sour cream so Greek thick yoghurt instead, otherwise I followed your recipe as written and good heavens! I don’t want to jinx this as I did with cloves and cinnamon so I called my best friend and told her to come and save me, and she went home saying she didn’t think that half of the cake was going to make it all the way. Merci beaucoup for another wonderful recipe. I believe is up there with la poudre de perlimpinpin, seriously.

  6. Resha

    … can SEE how moist it is. you can see it. and i’m going to cry. i need this now.

  7. Amelia Johnson

    Perfect- I have a dearth of apples to use up and intrigued to see how these flavours will work.

  8. Kiran @

    Decadent and love the spices here. Perfect with a side of tea 🙂

  9. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    This cake looks so delish! Apples in coffee cake are incredible especially when spiced.

  10. Carlinne @Cook with 2 Chicks

    This looks absolutely amazing. My son is allergic to nuts, so I think I’ll use pumpkin seeds instead of nuts for the topping. Can’t wait to try it!

  11. Sheila Best

    What do think of substituting oatmeal for nuts in the topping. Nut allergies, you know.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Oatmeal should work great. It would be like a crisp topping on the coffee cake which sounds delicious!

  12. Pam

    The apple coffee cake sounds wonderful but how about the recipe for Diane’s mom’s fish sauce? I haven’t had good fish sauce since I left Vitenam in 1974.

    1. Allegra

      Have you tried Red Boat 40%? Of all the fish sauces I have tried that one has been my favorite since they started selling here in the States. I like the fact that it has that faint smell of anchovies and that a couple of teaspoon can make a dish have that special flavoring that only a good fish sauce can give.

      For the sake of disclosure I have nothing to do with Red Boat, I am just a fan of something good.

  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Mmm apple cake is one of my favs. This recipe is fab!

  14. jessica

    looks delicious, i could gobble it right up. the photography is beautiful.

  15. Vickie

    sounds delicious – hope you’re enjoying your time in Australia 🙂

  16. Laura@baking in pyjamas

    Your cake sounds delicious, I like the generous amount of cloves that you’ve added. I love this spice and paired with all the other spices and apples I can imagine the cake tastes beautiful. I’m featuring this recipe on my blog on a feature that I have called baking news. Saving recipe and pinning too.

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