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Penny's Apple Brown Sugar Coffee Cake Recipe
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Penny's Apple Brown Sugar Coffee Cake Recipe

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Not all apple cakes are the same. This one is the perfect mix of sweet apple and spiced chocolate crumb. —Silvana Nardone, Brooklyn, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup plus 2 teaspoons gluten-free all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (1-1/2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large apples, cored, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 419 calories, 22 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly grease a 9-in. round baking or springform pan. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 2 teaspoons flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, chocolate chips, walnuts and cinnamon.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar and remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in the oil and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture until just combined. Pour half the batter into prepared pan, top with half the apples and half the crumb mixture; repeat with the remaining batter, apples and crumb mixture. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: Read all ingredient labels for possible gluten and dairy content prior to use. Ingredient formulas can change, and production facilities vary among brands. If you’re concerned that your brand may contain gluten or dairy, contact the company.
Originally published as Penny's Apple Brown Sugar Coffee Cake in Taste of Home October/November 2010, p107

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 419 calories, 22 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

Amazing fall flavor. Cake came together easily and tasted great.

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

My husband who is doing a gluten free diet LOVED this coffee cake as a breakfast/mid morn snack. I used Silvana's awesome flour blend recipe from her book, Cooking for Isaiah, which I highly recommend for those with gluten or dairy allergies or sensitivities. All purpose gluten free flour does not contain xanthan gum and must be added to recipes for stability.

Reviewed May. 9, 2012

Very yummy! I made this yesterday and my family cleaned it up in two meals! I did make a few changes however. I used regular flour (no one in my family needs gluten-free), I used only 1/4 cup regular sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar. I left out the walnuts and instead of the 1/2 cup canola oil I used 1/4 cup melted butter. Instead of the two eggs, I used 1/4 cup water because I had no eggs on hand. I was not sure if this substitution would work, but it did! I also did not have apples on hand, so I used 1 cup applesauce instead. With these changes, it baked up in about 25 minutes. Yes, I made a ton of changes and it is hardly the original recipe, but this is a great idea and great for a snack or quick dessert. So moist! I will be making this again!

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

I was unsure about the chocolate chips with the apple, but it works! I did substitute pecans for the walnuts, but I do that for any recipe because I don't care for walnuts.

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