This Apple Yogurt Coffee Cake is easy to make, deliciously moist, and the perfect companion to a mug of tea or coffee. Grab some local apples if you can, and let’s get baking!
One of my fondest memories growing up in the Okanagan was the anticipation of fruit season. Cherries, plums, peaches, pears, and of course, delicious crunchy apples fresh off of the tree. I had no clue how lucky we were! I moved away from the Okanagan for about 10 years before returning, and have such a different level of appreciation for the fruit that we grow here (and the amazing wine we produce of course!).Jump to Recipe
I’ve been making coffee cake for years, but wanted a change. Since my husband and sons are addicted to anything ‘apple’, I figured I would try an apple version of this cake. I changed it up to make the streusel whole wheat and cut back on the sugar from the original recipe. The finished cake was the smell of sweet success.
I hope you love it as much as our bunch does!
What is Coffee Cake?
While you would think that coffee cake would contain coffee, in North America, coffee cake rarely contains coffee and simply refers to a sweet cake that is intended to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea. These cakes often have a crumb topping, streusel or glaze that sets them apart.
Apple Baking Recipes
It would be an understatement to say I have “many’ apple recipes! The truth is, I adore baking with apples. Maybe thats the Okanagan gal in me?! They are so versatile and accessible all year long, making them one of my go-to fruits in baking. Here are a couple of my favourites!
- Lunchbox Apple Oat Bars
- Beet, Carrot & Apple Cake
- Bourbon Apple Crisp
- Baked Apple Cinnamon French Toast
- Apple Galette
- Homemade Applesauce
What Apples are Best for Baking?
Apples that soften without losing their shape are the best for baking. I like Granny Smith, Jonagold, or Gala apples (or a mix!). They are all a safe bet! Note, a Granny Smith apple may be slightly more tart but really keep their shape when baked.
Apple Yogurt Coffee Cake
Apple Yogurt Coffee Cake
Moist, lightly sweetened and filled with apples, this coffee cake is perfect served with coffee or tea.
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch salt
For the Cake
- 5 cups peeled and sliced apples*
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/3 cups Greek yogurt plain or vanilla
For the Streusel
Combine all of the streusel ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.
For the Cake
Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9×13" baking pan.
In a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat, combine the apples, brown sugar, water, and cinnamon and cook until the apples are slightly softened but not broken down, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar at high speed until well combined. Add the vanilla and the eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated after each addition. Add the flour mixture and Greek yogurt and mix on low speed until just mixed, scraping the sides of the bowl if needed. Fold in the cooked apples.
Transfer the cake batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
*I used BC Gala apples because they keep their shape but you can use another type.