Crumble-Top Coffee Cake Recipe
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Crumble-Top Coffee Cake Recipe

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Thinly sliced apples are baked right in the cake, providing delicious flavor and moisture. The golden crumb topping only adds to the dessert’s popularity. —Janice L Hose, Hagerstown, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 485 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 301mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Spoon half of the batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with apple slices; spread with remaining batter.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle over batter.
  4. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Crumble-Top Coffee Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p16

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deborah44 137918
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"This is a great recipes. I was wondering if it is possible to make this cake in a bundt pan. How would you put the crumbs on top? would you put the crumbs in the bundt pan then the batter and bake it?"

triplethreat 63768
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"Delightful! I added 2 tsp. of vanilla to wet ingredients and an extra apple. I also doubled the crumble topping, adding 1/3 of it ove the apple layer. Really moist and flavorful. Also, I used mixed nuts and used an extra 1/2 cup there baking for full 60 min. Definitely will be making this recipe again!"

andkap 110044
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"delicious! i would cream the sugar and butter with eggs at the same time...and also coat the apples in cinnamon sugar as the other user suggested. SO GOOD. definitely a keeper :)"

RD2Cook 86565
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2009

" I only wish I would've noticed this recipe before I made the Martha Stewart version of a coffee cake. About as blah as Martha's haircut! This sounds so much better! "

cherrylady 69998
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2009

"Loved the texture and flavor of this coffee cake. I'd like to add more apples, but it almost overflowed my 13 x 9-inch baking pan as it is. We love cinnamon, so I sprinkled the apples with cinnamon and sugar and again over the top. I'll definitely make this one again!"

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