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Makeover Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

Makeover Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

This sugary-topped apple coffee cake is a delicious way to get your family out of bed in the morning. Our pros lightened the original up, but this makeover version is still scrumptious to the core! —Denise Snyder, Lemoyne, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition (batter will be sticky).
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, sugars and cinnamon. Spread half of the batter into an 11x7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with apples; sprinkle with half of the topping. Gently top with remaining batter and topping.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 266 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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yuehching User ID: 224401 192420
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

"A nice cake with soft texture .Next time I?ll add extra nutmeg to the apple first to improve flavor and then add the apples to the batter as suggested. Thanks for sharing."

crunchy_candy User ID: 7420407 174984
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"Great recipe! I made this earlier today and I love it so much I just have to leave a comment. I did make a couple of modifications to the recipe to make it a bit healthier. Instead of 2 cups of flour I added 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of ground oats/oat flour; instead of butter I added 1/3 cup of extra virgin coconut oil, and I also added dried cranberries and golden raisins instead of walnuts. This recipe is very delicious and easy to make!."

abusybee4u User ID: 5737805 191112
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"Delicious! This was a nice, plain cake and was really filling and lower calories. I get many requests for this cake and have made it 3 times already. For the tart apples, I used a combination of 1 granny smith and 1 fuji/cortland/gala. Also I omitted the walnuts since we are allergic. Instead, I crumbled 6 soft oatmeal rasin cookies into the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture that was spread over the middle and top layers of the cake. It gave it a nice flavor, and looked pretty when cut. overall this is a hit and will be added to my recipe repertorie."

smilejes User ID: 5103504 120632
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"This is a go to recipe for me. I usually have the ingredients on hand anyway, and it is easy to make. I have done it several times, both with and without the nuts, and it is always a hit."

3692870 User ID: 6076296 192606
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"This was good. I didn't have any sour cream so I substituted it with fat free greek yogurt. I also added the apples to the batter and put it in a 9x13 and baked for 25 minutes."

wanell User ID: 1996473 147872
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"Great recipe!

ShelleyjCA2AZ I do not think it is fair for you to randomly choose how many stars to give this recipe when you haven't tried it!!"

jenilovesdaisies User ID: 532785 192605
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"This was delicious! Like others, I substituted Greek yogurt for the sour cream. I used pecans instead of walnuts, too."

Merry2you User ID: 2973043 192418
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"I substituted pumpkin for the sour cream and used half and half flour it taste great and came out fabulous. I also used the splenda mix sugar and I made this diebetic friendly."

knatal User ID: 1394816 192604
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"I made a few modifications by using a 6 oz container of Greek Yougurt and just a bit of applesauce in place of the sour cream and also substituted half of the flour with whole wheat flour and was pleased with the results! Maybe made it even a bit more healthy!"

shelleyjCA2AZ User ID: 219453 112785
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"gave it 3 stars, as I haven't made it...I was wondering....if one used egg beaters and fat-free sour cream how do you think this would turn out....I am going to try that and it sure sounds good...."

heartstamper50 User ID: 2925447 192414
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2010

"Moist inside, nice crispy cinnamon top, ingredients all on hand....great recipe!"

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