Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 50 Mins

Nothing says “it’s fall y’all” like a Caramel Apple Coffee Cake! This recipe has a warm, gooey caramel center and a crunchy streusel topping that’ll make you crave the sweet dessert for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between. The secret is in the homemade caramel sauce, which is lightyears better than the store-bought version. Don’t let the recipe time scare you. You’ll only be dealing with the scrumptious confection for 35 minutes, the rest is baking time.

This Caramel Apple Coffee Cake brings together everything we love about the fall season - crisp and fresh apples, praiseworthy caramel sauce, and decadent desserts. Make this treat for your next Autumn potluck, and it’s sure to be the hit of the party. Of course, no coffee cake is complete without a steaming cup of coffee. Be sure to put on a fresh pot just as the cake is coming out of the oven. You won’t regret it.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add apples; sauté 5 minutes or until softened. Remove from heat; cool completely (about 30 minutes).

Step 2

Meanwhile, prepare Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce. Reserve 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce for another use.

Step 3

Combine flour, pecans, butter, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and stir. In a second bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  

Step 4

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add four mixture alternately with milk. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured shiny 9-inch springform pan; top with apples. Drizzle with 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce; sprinkle with Streusel Topping.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. (A wooden pick will not come out clean.) Cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes; remove sides of pan. Cool completely on wire rack (about 1 1/2 hours). Drizzle with 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce.