My Grandma’s Apple Coffee Cake Is the Holiday Treat I Fly Home For

My Grandma’s Apple Coffee Cake Is the Holiday Treat I Fly Home For

Background and History

My Grandma’s Apple Coffee Cake is a cherished holiday tradition, a warm and fragrant delight that beckons loved ones home. Passed down through generations, this recipe captures the essence of family gatherings and the joyous spirit of the season.


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

2 medium-sized apples, peeled, cored, and diced

1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cinnamon-sugar mixture for topping




Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes


Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.

Combine Dry Ingredients

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.

Cream Butter and Sugar

In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add Eggs and Vanilla

Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla extract and mix well.

Alternate Dry Ingredients and Sour Cream

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the sour cream. Begin and end with the dry ingredients.

Fold in Apples and Nuts

Gently fold in the diced apples and nuts (if using) into the batter.

Bake to Perfection

Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool and Serve

Allow the coffee cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

(Per Serving)

Calories: 320

Protein: 5g

Fat: 15g

Carbohydrates: 42g

Fiber: 2g


Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra indulgence.

This coffee cake can be made a day in advance and stored in an airtight container.

Allergy Warning

Nuts: Contains nuts if included in the recipe.

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