March 23, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Every week I try to have at least one thing that is homemade for my son to take to school for a snack.  There are times that I am just out of ideas, and there are times when he decides that pretty much nothing sounds good.

One day I was going through all the recipes I've collected over the years to try and find something I hadn't tried before, and I came across a recipe for apple cinnamon coffee cake.  Since I had lots of apples on hand at the time & buttermilk (which is not something I always have on hand), I decided to give it a try. 

Honestly, I don't know why I waited so long to try this recipe!  It is just bursting with cinnamon yumminess, and is so moist.  It is now my son’s favorite snack.  If I ask what I should make he ALWAYS suggests this.  In fact, one time his teacher got irritated with him because the whole time he eats this for snack he says "mmmmmm" and it became distracting to the class!!  It doesn't last more than two days in my house, less if we have company.  This is a must try.....
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp + 1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup vegt. oil
2 cups chopped apple
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 325.  Butter and flour a round baking dish (I use the biggest pie plate I have, but I'm sure you could just put it in anything you want).  Mix first 6 ingredients & 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon in food processor or large bowl.  Add oil and process (or stir with a fork) until it becomes crumbly.  Transfer 3/4 cup of mixture to a smaller bowl and stir in remaining cinnamon, and set aside and reserve for topping.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.  Pour into pan and sprinkle reserved topping over top.  Bake for an hour and 10-20 minutes or until tester comes out clean.


  1. This recipe would probably make a delicious cake but when it said to combine the first 7 ingredients, I did. Once that's done, there's no going back and you end up with so much cinnamon in the cake that it's hard to swallow. Too late I noticed that only a portion of the total amount of cinnamon should've been added to the cake. I was very disappointed since I fixed two of these (one to eat & the other to freeze) for a visit from my sister and we couldn't eat them.

    1. I am so sorry that happened! It is the first 6 ingredients then the cinnamon (which I've edited, not that it helps you any). This does make a delicious cake, so I hope you will try it again.

  2. I made this for Mother's Day brunch this morning. It was delicous and got gobbled up!

  3. Yay I'm so happy you liked it! Thank you for commenting & Happy Mother's day!