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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

 This Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is moist and delicious and packed with flavor. From the sweet cake, to the crunchy apples, it’s all topped with a glorious caramel glaze! Perfect for weekday breakfasts or weekend brunch with friends and family.

If you love today’s cake, you’ll love our clasic cinnamon roll recipe! Or give our sopapilla cheesecake a try for an easy breakfast or dessert idea!

Apple coffee cake with caramel glaze.

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 sauce and you have an even more indulgent coffee cake!

Baked in round pans with pantry friendly ingredients, this 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

Ingredients needed for apple cake with caramel glaze.
  • 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.
Slice of apple coffee cake on white plate.

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. Or use my homemade cake release!

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 by step photos showing how to make apple coffee cake batter.

Prepare the coffee cake batter.

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

Make the cinnamon roll apple filling.

Beat butter and brown sugar together, then add the spices and apples.

Step by step photos showing how to assemble apple coffee cake with glaze.

Assemble.

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

Can you freeze coffee cake?

You can freeze coffee cake before or after adding the glaze. The cake will keep well in the freezer for about a month.

Caramel apple cinnamon rolls cakes with one slice being removed with a pie server.

More Breakfast Recipes

Yield: 16 servings

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

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

This Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake is moist and delicious and packed with flavor. From the sweet cake, to the crunchy apples, it's all topped with a glorious caramel glaze! Perfect for weekday breakfasts or weekend brunch with friends and family.

Ingredients

For the Coffee Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 ½ cup peeled, diced apples

For the Glaze:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray and line bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixer, blend flour, sugar, kosher salt, baking powder, baking soda, milk, eggs, and vanilla until fully combined. Divide batter evenly between two cake pans.
  3. 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.
  4. Drop by cookie scoop onto batter, dividing evenly between two cake pans. Spread with a knife to smooth tops and swirl slightly.
  5. Bake cakes for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on serving plate.
  6. 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.
  7. Whisk in powdered sugar and pour glaze immediately over warm cakes. Enjoy warm or room temperature!

Notes

  • 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. Or use my homemade cake release!
  • 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.
  • What kind of apples should I use? I recommend that you use a tart apple like a granny smith, fuji or pink lady. However, any apple variety will taste good!
  • STORAGE: Store this apple coffee cake covered at room temperature. A round tupperware container or cake cover is my preference so it doesn't get sticky with caramel glaze. You can freeze coffee cake before or after adding the glaze. The cake will keep well in the freezer for about a month.



Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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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.

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 April 28, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. Those lucky ladies in your Bible study group! Sounds like a nice time to try new coffee cake recipes for sure. I love coffee cake. I still need to get donut pans and make your strawberry donuts!

  2. Wow, this looks fabulous! I love your idea of freezing one too. Great to have on hand for any unexpected guests, or just because your craving a piece of this delicious cake. 🙂

  3. One of the saddest days in high school was the day our mall lost its Cinnabon. Even though that was over 10 years ago, I still get nostalgic when I smell cinnamon rolls. I am so thankful you posted this recipe. It looks impossibly delicious!

  4. Super delish Aimee! One of my favorite variations of my mom’s coffee cake is apple. This is gorgeous!

  5. I love every single flavor that is happening in this post! Caramel – apples, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake. Oh how I wish I had a big slice of this to go with my coffee tomorrow morning! 😀

  6. Oh, I love this! I wish I had some now. I would love for you to share it at my link party going on now over at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    Have a nice evening.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  7. I have to make this! It would be my only food until it’s gone and I probably wouldn’t share it lol. 😉

  8. To get all the flavors I love in one simple cake sounds perfect! This must make the house smell like heaven (kind of appropriate for bible study 🙂 ).

    1. Cute. Totally smiling reading your comment. And yes, the house smelled like heaven (of my dreams 🙂

  9. Wow – this sounds like one heck of a breakfast! And that glaze…..don’t judge if I just grab a spoon!

  10. That coffee cake is the bomb! I want to be in your Bible study group…I could use the studies and the cake!!!

  11. This cake sounds fantastic for any time of day – I’d probably munch on it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and for a snack in between meals as well. 🙂

  12. Thank you for linking to my cinnamon rolls miss Aimee! This cake looks unbelievable. You never cease to amaze me. This is gorgeous! PS: let me know what you decide with a new server!

  13. This cake looks divine and I love the way you can make two and freeze one! So great to not be too tempted to eat it all at once!

  14. You had me at Cinnamon Roll! I’m so happy that this recipes make 2 cakes – there’s never enough with just one! The added apple is a nice bonus 🙂

    1. I love having a “spare.” Plus my kids like it too, means they get some, and my bible study group gets some!!

  15. Thanks for linking up to my Blueberry Bread. I actually have a Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake that I made in a springform pan not 2 cake pans, but with flavors similar to this one! I have an Apple bundt that I made when you hosted Apple week last fall, too! I love this whole flavor family. Beautiful, Aimee!

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