Apple Coffee Cake

This cake is kind of confusing….

It’s a coffee cake, made with a sweet buttery brioche dough, full of apple slices, and topped with an oat streusal topping.

It’s kind of like an apple crisp.

It’s kind of like a coffee cake.

It’s kind of like a sweet bread.

It’s kind of awesome!


If you’ve been following me for a while you know about my love affair with bread (this is awkward because I believe I’m also having an affair with chocolate, cake and frosting…but let’s carry on).  I started making bread several years ago and it’s something I still love to do.  There’s nothing quite as gratifying.  Honestly, don’t let  yeast scare you.

I’ve made this several times and I’ve never made the same cake twice.  It’s made with Brioche Dough from The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes.  These folks aren’t lying, they’ve really created some masterpiece yeasted doughs that literally take only five minutes prep.  This is one of my books that is completely dog-eared and never leaves the kitchen.   The dough can be made up to five days ahead and refrigerated.  At a moments notice you have a rich, buttery Brioche Dough ready for this Apple Coffee Cake, sticky buns or doughnuts.   The options are endless!



I added pepitas, dried cranberries and walnuts along with the apple to the cake this time.  My last one had blueberries and pecans.  Both were sensational.   The cake is fully assembled and then left on the counter to rest for a little over an hour.  Then it’s into the oven and done in an hour.  Nothing to do after but wait for it to cool so you can cut it and enjoy it.

That’s my kinda cake.  Uh bread.  Umm Apple Crisp?!  You get the idea.

I’m sharing the link here to the BreadIn5 website,  for their Brioche Dough.   You will not find a simpler recipe for Brioche Dough anywhere.  Just mix it and leave it, literally.   The following is the recipe for the cake.

Apple Streusal Coffee Cake

*adapted from BreadIn5

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup large flake oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1.  To make the streusel, place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until combined.  Set aside.

For the Cake:

  • 1 pound of the chilled Brioche Dough
  • 2 1/2 small apples thinly sliced – I used honey crisp apples
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • streusel topping (above)

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350° and grease and flour an 8 x 3 inch cake pan or springform pan.

1.  Mix the apple slices, cranberries and brown sugar in a small bowl and set aside.


2. Split your pound of brioche dough into two equal pieces.   Roll out each piece to be a circle slightly larger than the cake pan.  Place one dough circle in the bottom of the pan.  Top with half of the apples and 3/4 cup of streusel.   Place the remaining dough circle on top and layer again with apples and the remaining streusel.

3.    Let the cake rest, uncovered, for an hour and 20 minutes.  Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

4.  If you used a cake pan, invert the cake onto a plate and then quickly invert back to a cake plate.






Filed under Breakfast, Cake, Scones and Breads

30 responses to “Apple Coffee Cake

  1. The Artisan Bread Book is definitely a keeper! I have created a rustic bread recipe from the basic bread dough and sell it! It is wonderful and has maybe three to four ingredients depending on who gets it! Great recipe here and I look forward to trying it!

  2. That looks absolutely delicious!!!!!

  3. This looks very good! I love those flavors and I like how you can add different toppings. Yum.

  4. deliciouscityliving

    This looks so good! I love coffee cake!

  5. Interesting recipe! This cake is always for sale in our local bakery but I’ve never got round to having a slice. This is the first time I’ve seen it outside of that shop – I’m intrigued by the recipe.

  6. This sounds so appetizing, it almost makes me drool. I wish I had come upon this post a little before Valentine’s so I surprise my sweetheart! Anyway, better late than never. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. This sounds so appetizing, it almost makes me drool. I wish I had come upon this post a little before Valentine’s so I could surprise my sweetheart! Anyway, better late than never. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. This sounds amazing! I love all the flavors and textures you’ve included, plus it’s gorgeous!

  9. I’ve been loving crumbles lately and this seems to have a great mix of flavors!

  10. gigipoo

    that looks so awesome!

  11. lakalifestyle

    apple, coffee and sweet breads… we’re a fan of them all! This looks delicious, we’ll definitely have to give this a go x

  12. Blueberry Jubilee


  13. This is a fabulous combination….sweet dough filled with apples n topped with nuts n oats! This is my kind of tea cake… sure to try it out. Thanks

  14. I have some apples which are getting a little floury in my pantry and have been looking for some inspiration. This looks perfect! I love how diverse this cake can be. I’m going to replace cranberries with raisins and pepitas with sunflower seeds (purely because that’s what’s in the cupboard) and see how it turns out!

  15. Reblogged this on Grandes golosos and commented:
    Buena pagina

  16. that looks absolutely delicious !!!

  17. I love pepitas! They look like the perfect addition to a coffee cake. Definitely making this in the near future – maybe even for Easter Brunch! Thank you!

  18. That Apple streusal coffee cake looks and sounds absolutely delicious!! I’ll definitely be trying this!

  19. Oh my! This looks and sounds absolutely divine! I will become an avid follower of your blog!

  20. sylvieamesee

    I’ve never been introduced to such a cake but it’s the kind of cake I love. I want to grab a big slice!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s