Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

What better way to celebrate fall, than with the flavors of caramel, cinnamon and apples?  These classic fall flavors combine to create a flavorful and delicious coffee cake.  This cake would be perfect for a special breakfast, brunch, or snack anytime.

The apple-cinnamon coffee cake is delicious on its own, but the addition of the caramel drizzle makes it extra special!

 

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Serve this delicious cake with or without the caramel drizzle for a special breakfast, brunch or treat anytime!

Yield: 12-15 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) Challenge unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples (I used fuji)

For the crumb topping
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the caramel drizzle
1/2 (11 oz) bag caramel bits
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease a 9"x13" baking dish or cake pan with butter or cooking spray.

In the bowl of an electic mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add brown sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time.

In a separate bowl, add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Whisk together.

With the electric mixer on low, add about 1/2 of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add 1/2 of the sour cream, then remaing dry ingredients, then remaining sour cream.

Add vanilla. Turn off mixer, and fold in chopped apples.

Spread batter into prepared pan.

Prepare the crumb topping-
Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl, stir (with a fork) until mixture resembled coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over cake batter.

Bake cake 35-40 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on wire rack at least 10 minutes.

Prepare caramel drizzle-
Melt caramel bits and cream in a bowl in the microwave, or in a small saucepan on the stove, over low heat, stiring to combine.
Drizzle caramel over cake slices before serving.

Recipe Source- Emeril Lagasse via Food Network
caramel topping addition from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Notes- Look for the caramel bits near chocolate chips in your local grocery store. As an alternative, feel free to use large, individual caramels, but they will take more time to melt.

 

Happy fall baking!