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Apple Cider Applesauce Coffee Cake

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.
  • 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
  1. 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
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

37 Comments Post a comment
  1. This looks utterly rich, moist and heavenly 😀
    Love apples!

    Choc Chip Uru

    September 19, 2012
    • Thank you so much, it’s a delicious cake and a staple during apple season.

      September 19, 2012
  2. Leah #

    This sounds amazing. I LOVE apple cider – Definitely trying this recipe this year :). Thanks for sharing!

    September 19, 2012
    • Thank you so much Leah, it’s definitely one of my all time favorites. If you make it hope you like!

      September 19, 2012
  3. petit4chocolatier #

    I wish I could reach in and have a slice! Wow, this looks and sounds so delicious! You definitely outdid yourself again. Love, love all the ingredients; especially the apple cider!

    September 19, 2012
    • Thanks so much, it’s delicious. This is a cake I made last year, waiting for apples to make it again. Hope to see them at Farmers Market this weekend!

      September 19, 2012
  4. Wow, you did an amazing job! That is beautiful and so moist looking!!! Apples are my favorite fruit! I use applesauce a lot in baking too….I’m goingbtonhave to make this for hubby! We are vegan but I’m sure I can figure out a substitute for the eggs. Nom, nom, nom!! 🙂

    September 20, 2012
    • Thank you so much, please let me know if you make a vegan version, I would love to hear how it is. I heard you can use flax seed as a substitute. Please let me know.

      September 20, 2012
  5. That cake does look moist and delicious! One thing I do like about fall is the apples. I have quite a few apple trees in the yard. I usually make apple pies but, I really want to try this. The homemade apple sauce sounds so simple and so perfect for this cake. And once again, your pictures are great!

    September 20, 2012
    • Thanks Suzie, I have a diseased granny smith apple tree in the front of my house so rely on the farmers market for my apples. This cake is absolutely delicious and if you try it please let me know if you like it.

      September 20, 2012
  6. Oh-mah-goodness! I’m bookmarking this so I can make it as SOON as apple season is full-tilt, or I go apple picking (read: stop at farmer’s market when I realize that apple picking requires more time than I have) – this looks soooo good!

    September 20, 2012
    • Oh thank you! the extent of my apple picking is at the farmers market. I too can’t wait for apple season to be in full swing. Let me know how it is if you make it!!

      September 20, 2012
      • Oh I will! It’ll give me something to bring for football sunday that I can pretend is healthy because it has apples in it…

        September 20, 2012
      • Ha!!! I’ll have to use that rationale. Good one!

        September 20, 2012
  7. This looks so moist and so delicious! I’ve been baking with apple so much lately… wouldn’t hurt if I bake one more! 😉

    September 21, 2012
    • Thank you Jasline, it really is a very moist cake, I think next time I make it i will do individual cakes in my muffin tins. Can never get enough apples!

      September 21, 2012
  8. I have GOT to make this! But I need to come up with an event to bring it to so I don’t eat the whole thing by myself. It looks so moist and full of apples. I love it!!

    September 21, 2012
    • I know what you mean, I usually make it, take a slice and deliver to my daughter, hubby and the kids. If i leave it around I will eat it all. Thank you so much.

      September 21, 2012
  9. Ali #

    Looks great! Awesome recipe to use up all those apples!

    September 24, 2012
    • Thank you, have to come up with lots of recipes for the multitudes of apples, good thing I love apples.

      September 24, 2012
  10. We are going apple picking this weekend and this looks like a great idea!

    September 24, 2012
    • I am going to be getting a boatload of freshly picked apples this weekend also. It’s definitely on my agenda too! Thank you for visiting and if you make it I would love to hear how you like.

      September 24, 2012
  11. I am so happy it’s fall I am giddy – cakes like yours add to the happiness! Saving this to make soon. Happy autumn to you!

    September 27, 2012
    • Oh, me too!! I just love autumn the apples and pears and winter squash. Hot soup and hearty meals. My favorite time of year! Thank you!

      September 27, 2012
  12. yum, this looks and sounds like the perfect fall treat!!!

    September 27, 2012
  13. It looks absolutely delish. Really moist. My kind of cake.

    October 3, 2012
    • Thank you so much, it truly is moist and really delicious. I hope you try it!

      October 3, 2012
  14. This is awesome..can’t wait to try this 🙂

    October 8, 2012
    • Thank you so much Vina, If you do try please let me know how you like it. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes too!

      October 8, 2012
      • Vina'sdeliciousrecipes ! #

        please do try and let me know how it was 🙂

        October 8, 2012
  15. cooktocure #

    CoMFOrT FoOD !! LOVE spiced apple anything and this looks like heaven!

    October 13, 2012
    • apuginthekitchen #

      Thank you so much, me too! I love apple season and the cider and of course spice.

      October 13, 2012

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