Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

 Love Cinnamon Rolls? Love Caramel Apples? Try combining them in one dish! Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake makes the perfect sweet centerpiece for your next brunch extravaganza!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake: this delicious breakfast cake combines all your favorites #cinnamonroll #caramelapple www.shugarysweets.com

Why This Recipe Works

Like a lot of the recipes on this blog, Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll coffee cake evolved from an earlier recipe. I based this off of my love of this Cinnamon Cinnabon Coffee Cake. Except I channeled inspiration from an autumn favorite, Caramel Apples.

Throw in some chopped apple pieces and top it off with a generous pour of caramel apple sauce and you have an even more indulgent coffee cake!

Baked in round pans with pantry friendly ingredients, this Caramel Apple Coffee Cake is begging to be included on your next brunch menu! If you’re like me, you’ll want a slice of this for breakfast every day of the week.

Like the name suggests, it’s pretty darn amazing with a cup of coffee on the side. Try it. You can thank me later.

Ingredient Notes

  • Apples – Granny smith or another tart variety like pink ladies are best in this recipe. Peel and dice the apples before beginning the coffee cake recipe.
  • Allspice – This addition gives a unique flavor note to the cinnamon roll filling. If desired, feel free to swap it for more cinnamon instead.
  • Vanilla extract – I used my homemade vanilla extract to give the cake an even deeper vanilla taste.

Tips & Tricks

Assemble the ingredients first. There are three components to this cake: the coffee cake itself, the apple filling and the caramel glaze. It’s not complicated to make but getting your apples chopped and all your ingredients out on the counter first makes life easier for any multi-step recipe.

Grease and line your pans. I used two 9 inch round cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper AND baking spray so the coffee cake slides out easily once its done baking.

The cake tastes great warm and at room temperature. Why not try it both ways? After letting the cake cool for a few minutes, sink your teeth into a warm slice fresh from the oven. Then, let it keep cooling overnight for a ready-made breakfast the next morning.

There’s no wrong way to enjoy Cinnamon Roll Caramel Apple Coffee Cake.

Easy Instructions

STEP 1. Prepare the coffee cake batter

Blend the ingredients together in a stand mixer then divide evenly between two round cake pans.

STEP 2. Make the cinnamon roll apple filling

Beat butter and brown sugar together, then add the spices and apples. Drop the filling in scoops onto the batter in both cake pans. Swirl to lightly combine the cake batter and filling.

Bake for 30 minutes and let cool while you make the caramel topping.

STEP 3. Make the glaze

Melt the butter on the stove top and whisk in the brown sugar. Boil for one minute, then add milk and remove from the heat.

Drizzle the caramel topping over the cooled cake right away! The cake can be enjoyed immediately or stored covered until ready to eat.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of apples should I use in caramel apple coffee cake?

I recommend that you use a tart apple like a granny smith, fuji or pink lady. However, any apple variety will taste good!

How do you store Coffee Cake?

Store this cake covered at room temperature. A round tupperware container or cake cover works is my preference so it doesn’t get sticky with caramel glaze.

Can you freeze this cake?

You can freeze this cake before adding the glaze. Then thaw and make the glaze fresh to pour over the defrosted cakes while they’re still warm.
The cake will keep well in the freezer for about a month.

Even better than a regular coffee cake is a Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake! With all the flavors and aromas you love of both cinnamon rolls and caramel apples, this is the perfect autumn or winter breakfast, brunch or dessert.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake: this delicious breakfast cake combines all your favorites #cinnamonroll #caramelapple www.shugarysweets.com

More Breakfast Recipes

  • Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel: it doesn’t have to be Fall to enjoy this pumpkin breakfast cake. You will want this all year long!
  • Swedish Almond Cake: this one will get you begging for more! It’s not overly sweet, but the almond and lemon together bring such flavor to the cake you will wish for a second slice. This recipe comes together in just minutes too!

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Yield: serves 16

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Love Cinnamon Rolls? Love Caramel Apples? Try combining them in one dish! Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is perfect for your next brunch! And it's easy to make!


For the Coffee Cake:

  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ cup skim milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 ½ cup peeled, diced apples

For the Glaze:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp skim milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9inch round cake pans with baking spray and line bottom with parchment paper. In a mixer, blend flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, milk, eggs, and vanilla until fully combined. Divide batter evenly between two cake pans.
  2. In same mixing bowl (no need to rinse it out), for filling, beat butter with brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice until fully combined. Fold in apples. Drop by cookie scoop onto batter, dividing evenly between two cake pans. Spread with a knife to smooth tops and swirl slightly.
  3. Bake cakes for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on serving plate.
  4. For the glaze, melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in brown sugar and bring to a boil. Whisk for one minute, then add milk. Bring back up to a boil, remove from heat.
  5. Whisk in powdered sugar and pour glaze immediately over warm cakes. Enjoy warm or room temperature!

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on February 27, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi Aimee! I recently made this coffee cake for my sister’s baby shower! I made one regular and one gluten free…I can only speak for the gluten free cake, but it was amazing!! I posted it with the gluten free adaptions over on my blog today. 🙂

    Also, I just recently saw you on CincyBlogs…I’m a Cincinnati blogger, too!

  2. Hi! I’m looking for your caramel apple truffle recipe, but all the links I’ve found just keep directing me here! I found a pin (http://pinterest.com/pin/197806608604534326/) for them, and they look fabulous, so I’d love the recipe!

    I can’t seem to find it when I search your site, either 🙁

    1. Unfortunately I took that recipe off my website temporarily. Several people had issues with it not setting up properly. I am working on remaking it and reposting it. Sorry for the inconvenience!!!

      1. I’m just glad you took it down and I’m not crazy for not being able to find it! I’ll keep an eye out for the updated version. Thanks for the quick reply!

  3. Hi! I’ve been following your weblog for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great job!

  4. I am always on the lookout for a great bring-to-bible study coffee cake that is easy and delicious. Will be trying this out when it is my turn next!

    Take care,


    1. It is quite delicious Trish! I actually made a new one today (banana streusel with maple glaze)…will be on blog soon 🙂

  5. This is so beautiful Aimee! I love anything involving cinnamon rolls, so I can imagine how much I would love it worked into a coffee cake! The addition of tart apples makes it even better!

  6. Apples + Cinnamon Roll + Coffee Cake= Amazing!!! This cake looks scrumptious perfect for breakfast and any other time of the day! LOL

  7. Oh my goodness, Aimee. Can I PLEASE come live with you? Your kids are like, the luckiest kids alive for getting to eat this for breakfast. LOVE IT.

  8. I love how you are making cinnamon rolls into a coffee cake. Apple cake was probably one of the most frequent desserts my mom baked when I was growing up. So I absolutely love anything baked with apple.

    1. I love making cinnamon rolls. But sometimes I just don’t have the time, so these cakes are the perfect fix!

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