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!
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.
- 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. 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. Be sure to try our caramel apple cupcakes next!
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.
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.
I recommend that you use a tart apple like a granny smith, fuji or pink lady. However, any apple variety will taste good!
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.
More Breakfast Recipes
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Streusel
- Swedish Almond Cake
- Waffle Recipe
- Vegetable Quiche Recipe
- Cranberry Orange Muffins
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.
This is such a great combination! Can’t wait to make this again! My hubby was all over this coffee cake. So delicious and very yummy!
Enjoyed this for breakfast this morning and started my day off right! So light and fresh; paired perfectly with my morning cup of coffee!
so yummy!! i love it! i ll definitely try it!!
Would it make a difference if I used 2% milk?
Nope. Go for it 🙂
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!
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 🙁
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!!!
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!
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!
Oh, I love this combination!!!
This looks and sounds AMAZING!! I can’t wait to make it. Perfect recipe for Easter morning!
We will be having it over Easter weekend as well, it is perfect for company!
Pinning this for a surprise for my husband, he loves coffee cake! Great flavors!
Okay, I know what I want for breakfast tomorrow!
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!
It is quite delicious Trish! I actually made a new one today (banana streusel with maple glaze)…will be on blog soon 🙂
This looks amazing! And I love that it makes two. One for now and one for later is perfect!
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!
Thanks Audra, it definitely is a delicious coffee cake!!!
Watch out, I’m heading over to your house for a slice of this coffee cake!
I’m ready for ya!
That looks wonderful! All of my favorite flavors!
Apples + Cinnamon Roll + Coffee Cake= Amazing!!! This cake looks scrumptious perfect for breakfast and any other time of the day! LOL
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.
Sure, what’s one more in the house!!! I’m old enough to be your mother, how scary is that????
Cinnamon roll AND coffee cake???? I diiiieeeeee.
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.
I love making cinnamon rolls. But sometimes I just don’t have the time, so these cakes are the perfect fix!