Easy and Delicious Apple Pie Coffee Cake

by cakeduchess on October 18, 2011 · 41 comments


When Abby Dodge put the word out on twitter that this month’s #baketogether would be a coffee cake, I knew mine would have apples in it. My dad had been hinting the last few times he came to visit that he would love another apple pie.

When he phoned yesterday to say he was coming by for a visit, I needed to bake something quick with apples. Not having any apples on hand to make him a pie, I decided it would be perfect to make him this simple and easy coffee cake.  apple-pie-coffee-cake-2
The Lucky Leaf company was kind enough to send me a box of their premium pie fillings to try. I honestly never buy pie fillings. I prefer peeling and slicing my own apples. I was looking forward to giving their apple pie filling a try for this cake. The apples were juicy and what I love the most, without any high fructose corn syrup. 
While I was photographing the “how-to” part of the cake, Luca decided to photograph his Ice-Age characters. Not easy getting my camera back from him after he set up this scene.

My dad arrived just as I took the cake out of the oven. His eyes lit up when he saw all the gorgeous apples peaking through on the top. He didn’t understand why I was taking so many photos. It was futile trying to explain my blog and how you have to try to get the right shot. He just wanted that first piece of cake to arrive a little quicker.

My next door neighbor Oceanna needed to make an apple dessert for her 8th grade French class in school the next day. She wanted to make an apple tarte tatin. I taught her how to make this delicious cake and we made  2: one for her class and one for home. She exclaimed, “It’s the best apple cake. Ever!” It rocked! Really. Truly. Cannot wait to make another one.
Be sure to link your R’ock-tober #baketogether ~ Classic Spiced Sour Cream Coffee Cake YOUR way with the darling Abby Dodge. 

Apple Pie Coffee Cake
Makes 1 Cake
adapted by Vegan Yum Yum

2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
2/3 Cup Canola Oil,
2/3 Cup rice milk (or regular milk) + 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (or lemon juice)
2 Tbs Cornstarch mixed with 1/2 Cup Water
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 20 to 25 oz Jar Apple Pie Filling (I used Lucky Leaf)
2 Tbs Sugar mixed with 2 tsp Cinnamon, for topping.


Preheat oven to 350º F.

In a small bowl, add the milk and vinegar and give it a whirl. Let sit a minute. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients of the cake and whisk together. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oil, milk, water/cornstarch mixture, and vanilla. Mix well. Incorporate the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, scraping the sides of the bowl with your spatula. apple-pie-coffee-cake-3

Spread 1/2 of the batter in the bottom of a 9×11″ greased baking dish. (I used an 8 inch cast iron skillet)
Spoon on the apple pie filling evenly over the top.
Spoon the rest of the batter over the top in clumps, leaving some of the apple filling showing through.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Bake for about 60-80 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Check the cake after 45 minutes. Cover with foil for the last portion of baking to prevent over-browning. Remove cake from oven and good luck letting it cool before serving. The cinnamon sugar smell will have you hypnotized with desire before it cools.

Happy Monday! Thanks for your support and comments.:) Y’all rock!

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Claudia October 18, 2011 at 1:25 am

I love the ice age characters being photographer. And had to laugh – my family does get impatient when I whisk food away to be photographed. Sometimes I just give in and serve it and know the photos won’t work or it will not be happening in the blog!

As for this apple pie/cake – delicious and the best of both worlds. I love an apple cake and I adore my apple pie and bringing them together under one roof is inspired.


Barbara | Creative Culinary October 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

I want an apple coffee cake. I might make this tomorrow but saute some apples I need to use. Sounds yummalicious Lora!


Farmgirl Gourmet October 18, 2011 at 2:17 am

Oh my gosh….I am with Barb – want this coffee cake right now! That looks amazing Lora! YUM!


claudia @Whats Cookin October 18, 2011 at 2:45 am

Your photos and recipe is bar none magnificient!


Baker Street October 18, 2011 at 3:07 am

Gorgeous Lora! I love how you used apples! Very creative and delicious!

Come and share it on our apple blog hop too! :) http://bakerstreet.tv/2011/10/apple-blog-hop-cream-cheese-apple-tart/#.Tpzte5xmI5E


Fuji Mama October 18, 2011 at 3:12 am

Oh, why oh why did I read this right now? Now I’ve got a FIERCE craving for apple pie coffee cake! This looks amazing!


El October 18, 2011 at 3:27 am

Oh my- this looks sensational…


Cookin' Canuck October 18, 2011 at 3:41 am

This is fall goodness wrapped up in one yummy cake. Your dad must have been thrilled!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 18, 2011 at 4:13 am

That looks and sounds fabulous and it’s great that it’s vegan too!


Paula October 18, 2011 at 4:23 am

I really, really need to get some more apples. The very first photo of your scrumptious apple cake really did me in.


EA-The Spicy RD October 18, 2011 at 4:31 am

I can understand why your dad would want a bite of cake right away-looks fabulous! Love that you made one with your neighbor too. Very sweet!


Jamie October 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

Yum yum and I was toying with the idea of making this fabulous cake with apples. It just screams autumn! Looks luscious, tasty and perfect for breakfast and snack. Great baking, Lora! Lucky neighbors and kids!


A Spoonful of Yumm October 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

wow…apple pie in a coffee cake ! doesn’t get better than this :D


Susan Lindquist October 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

What a wonderfully quick and easy ‘apple fix’! With a hot cup of coffee … heaven on Earth! AND … I love it when you bake in that cast iron skillet! Looks so homey and cozy!


Monet October 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Perfect in my book! This apple coffee cake looks so good, my friend! Thank you for sharing such a delectable treat. I’ve missed visiting here, and I’m glad that I’m able to type again! Take care and many blessings.


The Mom Chef October 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

The quality of the pie filling shows with the whole slices of apple. I was surprised to see that. Usually they’re all mushy and in pieces.

The coffee cake is beautiful. Look how wonderfully caramelized those apples got. It’s fantastic, Lora. Thanks for sharing.


Shawn October 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Your apple pie coffee cake looks absolutely delightful! It’s like a sophisticated cobbler :)


marla {family fresh cooking} October 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Hi Lora, love that you made this fall pie in the skillet! So creative & something I must try :)


Becky October 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

The apple pie filling looks like it is high quality, which makes your Apple Coffee Cake, look even more delicious, and vegan, too.

Great pics for Luca! So cute!


Megan October 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Oh, I love this cross between coffee cake and biscuit-style cobbler. I’m thinking this would be perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' October 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Apple/coffee cake would be perfect with my cup of coffee :) I’m sure your dad was thrilled! Perfect fall treat and love that it’s vegan – I only have one suggestion – next time make three ;)


Reeni October 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Your apple cake looks scrumptious! I would be impatient waiting for a piece too. I wish I lived nearby – it would be so fun to bake (and eat) together!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

love this idea! fantastic


Emily Malloy October 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

This looks divine!


A Thought For Food October 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I want this in my belly right now! A marvelous combination!


Priyanka October 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Love the recipe..need to try it out soon.thanks for sharing


Eliotseats October 20, 2011 at 3:18 am

I love that you used a cast iron skillet. Beautiful pics (especially the Ice Age still life!)


Lizzy October 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Oh, my gosh, this looks amazing, Lora!!!! Simply gorgeous…and delicious, too; my mouth is watering. And love how you included Luca’s photos, too :) Hope you have something fun planned for the weekend! xoxo


Erin October 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

What a great coffee cake! Love the use of pie filling, I too never buy it. But good to know it is worth it in a pinch.
Gotta laugh at your son – totally something my 6 year old would do. that and try to jump in the picture!


kita October 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

My dad loves the movie Ice Age. Something about the little prehistoric squirrel that makes him laugh every time. This apple pie cake looks sooooo good.


Kara October 21, 2011 at 4:07 am

Oh geez, this cake looks amazing!! This is a must try for sure! Thank you for the recipe! I love your blog and your recipes :D New follower for sure!!
Kara :)



Sue October 23, 2011 at 3:37 am

Warm right out of the oven? Your dad has perfect timing:) Delicious!


Val October 24, 2011 at 1:13 am

Such an incredible recipe and photo!! I want to reach through the screen!


georgiecakes.com October 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Brilliant and easy and looks so comforting!


Nancy October 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Apples and coffee cake are a classic – the fact that this one is made in a skillet only makes it that much better!!!


Let Me Eat Cake October 26, 2011 at 12:30 am

wow this looks so incredible! i’ve never seen a marriage of pie and coffee cake i can’t wait to try this out


Tickled Red October 26, 2011 at 1:26 am

This has fall written all over it, yum! I love that you made it for your dad and that the cast of Ice Age was along for the ride. Too cute!


knitstamatic October 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Oh your cake looks so delicious! Skillet apple pie coffee cake…brilliant!


Give me money January 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

delicious cake


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