Do you know how sometimes you get an idea stuck in your head that you just can’t shake? You become so persistent to see your idea through, despite the fear that it might just be a huge bust. Well, that was this cake for me. Except for the bust part. Thankfully, it turned out rather delicious (if I do say so, myself).
After picking so many apples with Mister E, I had the thought that what I really wanted to use my apples for was a coffee cake. I did some searching around online, but couldn’t find any recipes for what I really had in mind.
So, I turned to where I always go when Google fails me – my mother. And wouldn’t you know it, she had a recipe for me. After a little tweaking of ingredients and adding a cinnamon streusal layer and cinnamon glaze – lo and behold, I had an apple cinnamon coffee cake!
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
3 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup vegetable oil (or 1 cup unsweetened applesauce)
1 cup apple juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3 granny smith apples, cored and peeled
1 cup chopped walnuts
Cinnamon Streusel, see below
Cinnamon Glaze, see below
Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and dice the apples into 1/4” pieces. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soada, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Stir in vegetable oil, apple juice, vanilla extract, and eggs. Mix until well combined. Lastly, stir in apples and walnuts. Pour batter into a large, well-greased, bundt pan – adding in the cinnamon streusel layer (see below) in the middle or the top (depending on preference). Bake for one hour and 15 minutes. Make sure a cake tester comes out clean before removing cake from oven. Allow to cool before drizzling cinnamon glaze (see below) on top of cake.
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) cold butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions: Place all ingredients in a bowl and combine using either hands or a fork. Resulting mixture should appear crumbly.
I choose to put all of my cinnamon streusel mixture on last after pouring all of my cake batter into the pan. This was based on past history with my particular bundt pan not doing well with streusel mixtures put on the bottom of the pan or in the middle.
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Directions: Whisk together all ingredients until well combined and mixture starts to thicken.
I served my apple cinnamon coffee cake at a family get-together that I hosted at my apartment this past weekend. We had all just seen a local production of The Drowsy Chaperone that my uncle was in and it was already 10 p.m. by the time everyone made their way back to my apartment (which is conveniently close to the theater).
It was my largest get-together to date (I can’t believe I comfortably fit thirteen people into my one bedroom apartment!) and this cake made hosting such a breeze! I simply brewed a large pot of coffee and set out a stack of plates and forks next to the cake and let everyone help themselves. Three cheers for easy hosting!
Well, not completely easy. I still had to deal with cleaning up after three of Prince’s “accidents” after he got a little too happy being around so many people. You can’t win them all, people.