Apple Cider Applesauce Coffee Cake
I make this recipe every year during apple season, it’s hands down one of my favorites. The cake is so moist and the aroma when baking is heavenly. I like to make homemade apple cider applesauce for the cake, it’s so easy and I think it really adds to the flavor of the cake, but using commercially made applesauce is perfectly acceptable. I saw this recipe in Martha Stewart Living magazine about 6 years ago. It’s loaded with apples, spices and is utterly delicious. I can’t wait for the apples to arrive at the farmers market this will be the first thing I make. My family loves it as do I. It keeps well and even tastes better the next day.
APPLE CIDER APPLESAUCE
- 1 pound juicy apples (Macintosh work very well) peeled. cored and cut into quarters
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon sugar, you can use white, turbinado or brown your choice
- pinch of salt
- Clean, peel, core and quarter the apples. Add to a medium saucepan. Add the cider, sugar and salt and boil until apples are soft. Remove from heat and mash (I used a potato masher) keep some small chunks of apples. Set aside to cool.
THE CRUMBLE TOPPING AND CAKE
- The Crumble Topping
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup toasted pecans chopped (If you have a nut allergy the nuts can be omitted)
- The Cake
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves (Optional, I didn’t use, really don’t like cloves)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons 1 stick unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cup apple cider applesauce
- 2 small juicy apples (Macintosh work very well) peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans chopped OPTIONAL
- Make your crumble topping. In small bowl combine the butter, sugar, oats,flour, cinnamon, salt and pecans mix with fork or by hand to combine. Set aside.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat your tube pan with cooking spray or vegetable oil. (I recommend using a non stick pan) Sift flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Cream butter and white and brown sugar in your electric mixer until smooth about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time make sure egg is incorporated before you add another one. With mixer on low add the applesauce and then the flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Add the optional chopped pecans and fold in.
- Pour batter into oiled pan. Place apple slices on top of cake tucking some into the batter,sprinkle on the crumble topping. Bake for 60-70 minutes check by inserting cake tester (I used a bamboo skewer) near the middle of the cake and it should come out clean. Remove from oven and let cake cool in pan on wire rack.
- Remove from pan and if you do not serve immediately wrap in plastic wrap and store at room temperature until ready to serve. NOTE: if you make in a bundt pan like I did it could take some coaxing to get it out of the pan when cooled. It could be easier to remove from a tube pan because it does not have all the grooves that a bundt pan does.