Any-Fruit Coffee Cake

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This coffee cake is delicious with any fruit. People always want the recipe. I'm not sure where it came from originally, but I've been making it for 36 years, and we never get sick of it. It seems like a lot of work, but it's worth it!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 9x13-inch cake


  • 4 cups chopped apples

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 ¼ cups white sugar, divided

  • cup cornstarch

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground mace

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ½ cup chopped nuts


  1. Combine apples and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add lemon juice.

  2. Mix 1 1/4 cups sugar and cornstarch together. Stir into the apples; cook and stir until very thick. Remove from heat and let cool.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  4. Stir flour, remaining 1 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and mace together in a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

  5. Mix milk, egg, and vanilla together in a small bowl. Add to the flour mixture and blend until combined. Spread 1/2 of the batter in the prepared pan. Cover with the cooled apples. Drop remaining batter over the apples in small mounds. Spread.

  6. Make streusel by mixing flour and sugar together. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle streusel over the cake.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use chopped apricots, peaches, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Substitute nutmeg for the mace if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

432 Calories
18g Fat
64g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 432
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 129mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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