Applesauce Coffee Cake

By • September 17, 2011 • 23 Comments

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Author Notes: I have been making this recipe for many years, its from a Martha Stewart Living Magazine not sure how old but at least 5 years ago. This cake is made with homemade apple cider applesauce, has a crumble topping that melts into the cake and fresh apple slices placed on the top of it. Its very moist and absolutely delicious. I made it in a bundt pan instead of a tube pan and made a few minor changes but the recipe was pretty perfect as written. I decided to share this recipe with apple and pear season upon us. Make it with apples alone or pears or both its great anyway you make it.sdebrango

Makes 1 cake

Apple Cider Applesauce

  • 1 pound juicy apples (Macintosh work very well) peeled. cored and cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar (white, turbinado or brown any will work)
  • 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 and Cake

  • THE CRUMBLE TOPPING
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 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 omitted I do not 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 do 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.

Tags: apples,pears, coffee cake

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10 months ago Kateq

This is SUCH a good cake. Thanks!

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10 months ago sdebrango

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You are so kind, thank you so much.

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over 2 years ago drbabs

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Love.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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This is utterly beautiful. Will I ruin it if I leave out the nuts? That damn nut allergy. I can practically taste it straight from your ingredients.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I often make it without nuts because the grand kids don't like them and they love this cake. It's perfectly delicious without them. I hope you enjoy it if you make it.

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Oh, thank you, great to know. I thought I was going to have everyone for Thanksgiving, but in fact I'm having no one, but rather everyone for Christmas. Long story, happy ending.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Glad there is a happy ending, I think my family will all be gone for Christmas so I will be alone!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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I've got lots of room . . . .

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Sending you an email. My daughter is going to be in NY in January for a dance workshop and audition for a company in (yikes) Florence, to where she is working diligently to return.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Will look out for it!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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You just might find me and pugs on your doorstep, LOL!

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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With open arms.......!

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over 2 years ago calendargirl

What a glorious cake!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, its a really delicious cake. My family loves it and requests it all the time. I hope you enjoy if you make it,

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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Yummm! Definitely on the make-soon list -- most likely I'll have this just made, warm out of the oven, when my son comes home for his Thanksgiving break in three weeks. He will love it!! As will we all, of course. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. ;o)

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, please let me know if you like it, and how nice you will make it for your son, Thank you again!

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over 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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It's simply gorgeous! I probably won't be able to wait until my son comes home. It looks so moist and tasty. I love how you add rolled oats, too. And the pecans are Mr. T's favorite nut, hands down. I've been meaning to make a Bundt cake for a while. Great, great recipe! ;o)

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much, it really is delicious and very moist. I do hope you like!

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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gorgeous!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you so much!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you, me too this cake is so good. I am so excited when apples come out so I can make it My daughter is making it today she is taking the kids apple picking and this will be perfect.

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over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

You're killing me here, sdebrango, with these great sounding desserts that I'm just not sure I can resist much longer! I love applesauce cakes and I know some little grandchildren who would really love to have some of this!! Saved!!!