Recipe: Apple Coffee Cake

This cake is sweet but not cloyingly so. It’s great as a dessert, as a decadent breakfast or as an afternoon snack when your blood sugar is a little low.


  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon coffee liqueur
  • 2 medium-sized apples, chopped into ¼” dice
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced into 1/8″ thin slices


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  2. Mix the sugar, flour, and butter until it has the consistency of fine crumbs. Remove ½ cup of crumb mixture and mix with the cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside for the topping.
  3. To the remaining flour mixture add cream cheese, baking soda, baking powder, salt, buttermilk, vanilla, coffee liqueur, and apples, mixing well.
  4. Turn the mixture into a greased 9-inch square cake pan. Layer the apple slices on top and sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the top.
  5. Bake at 375˚F. for about 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Recipe Origin:

A Domestic Goddess Original.