Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Easy Apple Coffee Cake

A couple of weeks ago I made Honeybun Cake, a recipe from my friend Amy at Serve at Once. The Honeybun Cake was delicious and I highly recommend it, but it also got me thinking of this coffee cake recipe. Like Amy's cake, this one starts with a yellow cake mix, but it includes fruit and a crumbly cinnamon/sugar/nut topping. 

My mom gave me this recipe, I think she got it from her mom, and it is the easiest, most delicious coffee cake I have ever made.

 Easy Apple Coffee Cake
printable recipe

serves 12-15

1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup nuts (I use pecans)

Preheat oven to 350F and grease and flour a 9" by 13" pan.

Mix the yellow cake mix and eggs in a large bowl.

This will form a very stiff batter, kind of the consistency of playdough.

Add the apple pie filling.

Fold together. The texture will resemble something that can only be described as "schlopp." Schlopp schlopp, beautiful schlopp. Beautiful schlopp with a cherry on top. Name that children's book... Don't worry, despite my weird analogies, the cake will taste great.

In a separate bowl, cut the sugar into the butter until it resembles pieces the size of peas, kind of like making biscuits.

Chop the nuts into small pieces.

Add the nuts, flour and cinnamon to the butter/sugar mixture.

Stir together until evenly mixed.

Spread the cake batter evenly in the pan. I forgot to take a picture of this part, so here is a cute picture of my daughter reading a Dora book while I made this.

Sprinkle the sugar/nut mixture on top.

Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes.

Let sit for 5-10 minutes and serve warm. Yummy!


  1. This looks yummy! But I don't use cake mixes(!). I only ever make them from scratch, and I have yet to figure out a cake base to use in place of the 'yellow' cake mix (we have no such thing here) for this to work right and produce the right amount of cake. I guess I just have to bake more cake. lol.

  2. Yum! Another one I'll just have to try :)

  3. What a masterpiece. So do you ever serve this for dessert? It sure looks like you could.

  4. Ohhhhhh my goodness. I am DEFINITELY going to be making this! Anything with apples and cinnamon is a must in my book, and as you know, I love me a yellow cake mix. ;)

    Btw, Hannah and her cuteness made me say, "Awww!" out loud. Her "I <3 Daddy" shirt melts my heart.

  5. This looks really yummy! I am going to print this recipes as I am always looking for something easy and delicious when my in-laws are in town. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I just took it out of the oven about 30 min. ago my husband tested it and said it was delish! TSS