Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake: The Secret Recipe Club

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       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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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