Cast-Iron Apple Nutmeg Coffee Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 20 min. + cooling


8 servings

Updated: Nov. 09, 2023
I'm not a great baker, but I do love coffee. In an effort to practice my baking, I use up the morning's last bit of coffee to make this cake—literally. It is super moist and crumbly, and tastes as if you dunked your cake right into a cup of hot joe. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas
Cast-Iron Apple Nutmeg Coffee Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 cups chopped peeled Gala apples
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg white, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a 10-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, melt butter over low heat. Add apples and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Cook and stir until apples are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in coffee; remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, beat oil, sugar, egg, egg white, vanilla and remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and nutmeg; gradually beat into oil mixture. Gently spread over apple mixture.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, for drizzle, in a small saucepan, bring coffee and cream to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in confectioners' sugar. Let stand 10 minutes. Drizzle over cake.

Test Kitchen tips
  • For more crunch, add pecans to the apples.
  • For a more indulgent dessert, serve with ice cream and then top with the coffee drizzle.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 532 calories, 27g fat (6g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 284mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.