Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake: The Secret Recipe Club

       This is the third month that I’ve been involved in The Secret Recipe Club and I love searching a different blog every month looking for a recipe I’d love to try.  This month the blog I received was This is how we eat by Laura Rees.   I loved how easy it was to navigate Laura’s blog.  She had very defined categories and my favorites were her healthy meals tag and her desserts tag.

I had to start back to work this week so as I was looking over the blog, I was trying to find something that would help me get out the door in the morning and back into the swing of teaching.  When I found an apple coffee cake that meant for breakfast I knew that was the dish I had to make.  I don’t eat breakfast all that often and when I do it’s usually something sweet.  I love the taste of tart apples in a sweet baked good so I knew this was the perfect dish to get me off to school on time.

The cake was really simple to make with only a few ingredients.  It is then topped off with slices of apples and a sweet crumble topping.  It smelled heavenly in the oven and I could hardly wait for it to cool before I swiped a piece.  The cake is moist and lightly sweetened.  The tart apples give a nice contrast and the crumble topping adds the perfect crunch.  I had a slice on my way to the first day of the new school year and my day was good from then on.

Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake (adapted from This is how we eat.)
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
2 T. applesauce
1 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder

For the crumb topping:
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. oats
4 T. butter at room temperature.

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2.  In a bowl cream the butter and sugar together.  Add in the egg and egg white and whisk until blended.  Stir in the applesauce and vanilla and mix until well combined.
3.  In a small bowl combine the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients forming a thick batter.  Spread the batter into the bottom of the 8 x 8 pan.
4.  Arrange the apple slices on top of the batter making sure to cover the entire top.
5.  In a small bowl combine the crumb topping ingredients and mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle over top of the apples.  Bake for 35 minutes.
6.  Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes before cutting.


  1. This does look like a tasty pick for SRC! Especially with fall, I am looking forward to cooking with apples. The coffee cake does look tempting-yum. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ohhh…I wish I had this for breakfast right now. This looks fantastic! Definitely saving this recipe!

  3. Now that a great way to start u’r day and u’r year at school. Nice choice for this months SRC!

  4. HI! Visiting from SRC! This looks amazing! Wishing I had some right now!

  5. What a great looking coffee cake. Yum.

    Very jealous that I don’t have that for my breakfast this morning (crappy store-bought muffin. yuk :-(

  6. Delicious, I’ll be making this for our next brunch. If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. Your version looks awesome! Glad you liked the blog!

  8. What a great looking cake! I haven’t made a coffee cake with apples yet, but it looks perfect for a breakfast. Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Love this coffee cake, it looks delicious! I’ve got a bunch of apples that would be perfect for this! Thanks!

  10. This looks so delicious! I love that it calls for applesauce and apples – it’s extra apple-y!

  11. yummy yummy sure looks like a nice coffee cake. nice post andi

  12. Sounds delish! Nothin like a sweet coffee cake in the morning. And I’m sure homemade is the best! :)

  13. I’m loving all the fruit recipes on SRC this month. This coffee cake looks fabulous!

  14. Can’t wait to go Apple Picking and start making apple recipes!

    Thanks again for being a part of SRC and being a part of my first group, I enjoyed being your host! Now, I get to visit everyone’s blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

    Come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad

    or my second post for the SRC Raspberry and Nutella Pizza

  15. This sounds really delicious and I think I will make it on Saturday. I have an old friend coming for coffee.

  16. Looks great! SRC is turning out to be so much fun — lots of new recipes to try!

  17. Great choice! This would be a perfect breakfast for me. Add a glass of milk and I’m good to go. I’ll try it when our apples are on.
    Have a great day.

  18. This cake sounds amazing!
    Stopping by from group C. Fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my link for August, would love if you stopped by to say *hi*

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