Apple Coffee Cake (Classic Apple Dapple)

Apple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake! | natashaskitchen.com

This apple dapple cake is crumbly, crunchy, loaded with sweet/tart bites of apple and an insane caramel sauce that sinks deep into the cake, creating a moist and buttery center. Do I have your attention yet? I sure hope so! The next thing you should know: this cake is easy!

It comes together quickly and your oven does the rest. it really is as simple as combing the wet ingredients, combining the dry ingredients, mixing them together, add nuts, add apples, fold and voila! You have a cake! This is perfect for company and makes a wonderful apple coffee cake. It tastes like a wildly delicious breakfast muffin, but made ultra decadent with the caramel sauce. Mmm yum!

This recipe is based on the apple dapple recipe shared by one of my readers, Emma. I looked over the simple ingredients and knew I had to try it when she said “It is a hit among my family and friends.” Emma, it was the same for me! Thank you so much for sharing your version of this Southern classic Apple Dapple Cake!

Apple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake! | natashaskitchen.com

P.S. Apple dapple cake is traditionally baked in a bundt pan. Sure bundt pans look nice, but I find them so annoying to flip and deal with so I used a springform pan. #keepingitreal

Ingredients for Apple Coffee Cake (Apple Dapple):

3 large eggs, room temp
1 cup oil (extra light olive oil or vegetable oil)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour, measured correctly*
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped
3 cups (1 lb or 2 large) granny smith apples

*To measure flour correctly, spoon flour into dry ingredients measuring cup and level off the top. If you push your measuring cup into your flour bin to fill it, you will get substantially more flour (I have weighed and tested this theory). 

Apple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake! | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Caramel Sauce:

1 cup light brown sugar
6 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk (any kind)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

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Prep for Apple Coffee Cake:

*Toast and chop walnuts (you want them to cool to room temp before adding to the batter).

*Preheat Oven to 350˚F and grease base and sides of a 9″ springform pan with oil or butter.

*Peel, core, and slice apples into 1/2″ thick pieces

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How to Make Apple Coffee Cake (Apple Dapple):

1. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix together: 3 eggs, 1 cup oil, 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 tsp vanilla extract on medium speed 1 minute until blended.

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2. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt.

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3. With the mixer on, stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well incorporated. Mix in 1 cup chopped nuts then mix in 3 cups sliced apples (if needed, use a stiff spatula to blend them in well).

Apple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake!

4. Transfer to greased springform pan and bake in the center of the oven at 350˚F for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Start making the sauce 10 minutes before the cake is out of the oven (see instructions below).

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5. Once the cake is done, poke it all over with a meat fork or large skewer. While still hot and in the baking pan, pour glaze evenly over the surface of the cake. Sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup chopped nuts over the top and give the cake a few minutes to absorb the syrup. Transfer cake to a cake platter (I love these ones from Fiesta) and serve.

Apple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake! | natashaskitchen.comApple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake! | natashaskitchen.comApple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake! | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make the Easy Caramel Sauce:

1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together 1 cup brown sugar, 6 Tbsp butter, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla and a pinch of salt. Bring to a low boil and continue to cook stirring gently for 4 minutes. It should be loose and will lightly coat a spoon, since you want most of it to absorb into the cake.

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Apple Coffee Cake (Classic Apple Dapple Cake)

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Apple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake!
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $8-$10
Serving: 9" Cake

Ingredients

For the Apple Dapple Cake:

  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup oil (extra light olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, measured correctly*
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1⅓ cups walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 3 cups (1 lb or 2 large) granny smith apples

Ingredients for Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup milk (any kind)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Prep for Apple Coffee Cake:

  1. Toast and chop walnuts (you want them to cool to room temp before adding to the batter).
  2. Preheat Oven to 350˚F and grease base and sides of a 9" springform pan with oil or butter.
  3. Peel, core, and slice apples into ½" thick pieces

How to Make Apple Coffee Cake (Apple Dapple):

  1. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix together: 3 eggs, 1 cup oil, 1 cup sugar and 2 tsp vanilla on medium speed 1 min until blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp baking soda and ½ tsp salt.
  3. With mixer on, stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well incorporated. Mix in 1 cup chopped nuts then mix in 3 cups sliced apples (if needed, use a stiff spatula to blend them in well).
  4. Transfer to greased springform pan and bake in center of oven at 350˚F for 50-55 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Start making the sauce 10 min before the cake is out of the oven (see below).
  5. Once the cake is done, poke it all over with a meat fork or large skewer. While still hot and in the baking pan, pour glaze evenly over cake. Sprinkle remaining ⅓ cup nuts over the top and give the cake a few minutes to absorb the syrup. Transfer cake to a platter and serve.

How to Make the Easy Caramel Sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together 1 cup brown sugar, 6 Tbsp butter, ¼ cup milk, ½ tsp vanilla and a pinch of salt. Bring to a low boil and continue to cook stirring gently for 4 minutes. It should be loose and will lightly coat a spoon, since you want most of it to absorb into the cake.

Notes

*To measure flour correctly, spoon flour into dry ingredients measuring cup and level off the top. If you push your measuring cup into your flour bin to fill it, you will get substantially more flour.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

Apple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake! | natashaskitchen.com

This cake was not easy to photograph – it’s not very photogenic so I had to make it two days in a row because I loathed the first set of pictures. I hope these photos do it justice because it really is a very delicious apple coffee cake (A.K.T.S.A – a made up acronym meaning “also known to Southerners as”) Apple Dapple Cake!

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Apple coffee cake (classic apple dapple cake) is loaded with apple and walnuts. The caramel sauce creates a moist, buttery center. Easy apple coffee cake! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Charlane Brown
    November 25, 2017

    Been waiting for an opportunity to make this – made it first thing this morning for lunch guests, and it turned out wonderful! So moist, and very tasty, everyone had seconds! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2017

      I’m happy to hear the recipe is such a success! Thanks for sharing your great review Charlane! Reply

  • Tanya V.
    November 23, 2017

    Dear Natasha’s kitchen,
    This Apple Coffee Cake I made from your website turned out great, even when I used 6 small eggs instead of 3 large eggs. I am thankful for many things including your website because my family members has a chance to use your recipes to make what we tried before that we like and to make what we want to try. God bless your family and Happy Thanksgiving. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2017

      Hi Tanya, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. It sure blesses me. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving and God bless your family also! Reply

  • Yelena
    November 9, 2017

    I find it funny how everyone is asking about the missing coffee ingredient. Coffee cakes don’t actually have ‘coffee” in it. Reply

  • Irina
    October 30, 2017

    I just made this cake and realized that there is no coffee in this “Apple coffee cake” 🤔😜 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 30, 2017

      Hi Irina, it is meant to be enjoyed with your morning coffee (or tea!) but does not actually have coffee in it :). Reply

  • Sady
    October 1, 2017

    Hi Natasha
    Seems like a great recipe. But i couldnt find the coffee in the ingredients. So why is it called a coffee cake?

    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 1, 2017

      Hi Sady, it is meant to be enjoyed with coffee cake 🙂 Reply

  • Dina
    September 6, 2017

    Just baked today , cake is yum , The only thing i thought 3 cups of flour was too much, i could see the batter getting waaay too thick but as in the recipe there was a star on top i thought i better follow it and i shouldnt have as it turned out to be too dry and i had to use more of the caramel sauce to make it moist . Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 6, 2017

      Hi Dina, Ay ya yay!! I added the asterisk but forgot to give instructions on what “measured correctly” means! So sorry I missed that. I added that just under the list of ingredients to read: “To measure flour correctly, spoon flour into dry ingredients measuring cup and level off the top. If you push your measuring cup into your flour bin to fill it, you will get substantially more flour (I have weighed and tested this theory” Reply

  • Oxana
    July 28, 2017

    Hi Natasha,

    Thanks for your wonderful recipe, I’ve made a number of your cakes and they are all delicious!

    I have a question: what can I use instead of walnuts/nuts in this cake? Want to give it to my baby to try, but he hasn’t had nuts yet.

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 28, 2017

      Oxana, you can just omit them. Reply

  • Alla V.
    March 23, 2017

    Hi Natasha, i wanted to make this cake but i only have an 11 inch springform pan. Would i need to adjust the baking time? Thank you:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2017

      Hi Alla, I haven’t tested it in an 11″ springform but yes it probably would bake faster in a larger pan since it won’t rise quite as tall. Reply

  • Lidia
    March 22, 2017

    This recipe is very easy to make. The taste reminds me of my favorite childhood lollipop “Caramel sour green apple”. Highly recommend! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2017

      YUM! I remember those! Thanks for sharing your review Lidia 🙂 Reply

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