For breakfast or dessert, this cake boasts the perfect combination of moist buttery cake, sweet bits of fruit, and buttery, crunchy crumbs.


Other than a classic, perfectly made apple pie, I’m not generally a huge fan of apple desserts. I’m not sure why, but they just don’t entice me like other sweet things do. This, however, is one very notable exception. It’s almost too good. I find this very hard to stop eating.

If you’re a fan of apple crumbles, coffee cakes, and Dutch apple pies, this just might become your new favorite dessert recipe. Sorry, I meant new favorite breakfast recipe. But, regardless of what time of day this graces your table, you’re going to be enjoying what I think is the perfect combination of moist buttery cake, sweet bits of fruit, and buttery, crunchy crumbs. In fact, don’t be surprised if you have it for breakfast and dessert.

One of the keys here is to make sure you dice your apples nice and small, so they become perfectly tender by the time your coffee cake is baked. The only way to really mess this up would be to have a bunch of large, crunchy apple pieces inside an otherwise perfect coffee cake. Do not let that happen. Of course, we could hedge our bets and sauté them first, but why add another step?

Of course, you don’t have to use apples, or any fruit for that matter, and this recipe will still produce a world-class coffee cake, but I hope you do. It’s not like they add a ton of health benefits, but a little extra fiber is always a good thing, and that way we won’t feel quite as guilty for enjoying this for breakfast and dessert. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to have a piece for lunch, so I’ll just finish by saying I really do hope you give this apple crumble cake a try soon. Enjoy!

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