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Crumble-Top Coffee Cake Recipe

Crumble-Top Coffee Cake Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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deborah44 User ID: 7006183 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 User ID: 6940199 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 User ID: 4779476 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 User ID: 1012768 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 User ID: 1073547 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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