Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 50 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings

A delicious caramel-streusel topping graces this Apple Coffee Cake.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add apples; sauté 5 minutes or until softened. Remove from heat; cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Step 2

Meanwhile, prepare Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce. Reserve 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce for another use.

Step 3

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

Step 4

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured shiny 9-inch springform pan; top with apples. Drizzle with 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce; sprinkle with Streusel Topping.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. (A wooden pick will not come out clean.) Cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes; remove sides of pan. Cool completely on wire rack (about 1 1/2 hours). Drizzle with 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce.

Ratings & Reviews

hcooking's Review

October 15, 2012
This was a great coffee cake, plan to make again during the holidays. The cooking time is a little confusing, the cake should only cook for 45 minutes total (covering for the last 25-30 minutes to prevent excess browning). @CennaLipscomb - I used fat-free milk and had no problems.

sonygirl's Review

September 23, 2012
Can I use oil instead of 1/2 cup butter ? If yes, tell me the amount of the oil and please put this option in every recipe. Thank you in advance.

baja156's Review

September 03, 2012

feroth33's Review

August 31, 2012
this is a very long recipe but if you do it just right then it turns out good. the bake time is off by 15 minutes. it took my cake 45 minutes to bake. not 30 like it says in the magazine.

sandiasonmor's Review

October 07, 2013
I baked this in a 9 x 13 glass dish and it was wonderful. It`s a keeper. Thanks

JoAnnGreen's Review

October 14, 2012
Awesome flavors in this cake. But definitely bake it 15 minutes more. The first time I made it the very center was runny. Also, I used a jar of caramel sauce due to lack of time. Still a very good recipe. Will make it again!

JGray85's Review

August 10, 2013

Kendra Jean's Review

October 25, 2013
Baking time should be 45 minutes total, very confusing instructions. The coffee cake is delicious and great for this time of year with lots of apples to choose from.

dairyflower's Review

September 29, 2012

LovesFood60's Review

November 17, 2012
This is labor intensive and the ratio's of cake to streusel topping and caramel sauce as well as the baking instructions/baking time are just WRONG! Does anyone at Southern Living test these recipes first?