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!



Happy fall baking!

How to Make Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Serve this delicious cake with or without the caramel drizzle for a special breakfast, brunch or treat anytime!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 503 kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs large
  • 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 apples peeled, cored and chopped (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

  • 11 oz caramel bits 1/2 bag
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • 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.


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.


Calories: 503kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 5gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 291mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 1gSugar: 55gVitamin A: 571IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 2mg
Keyword caramel apple coffee cake
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  1. Hi glory,

    I really want to give this lovely recipe a try, but I can’t find the caramel bits around the supermarkets here. What would you recommend to replace them with?

    • Yes, as mentioned in the recipe notes, feel free to use larger individual caramels (such as Brachs or Milk Maid). Or you could use a good quality parpared caramel sauce.

  2. Carmel and apple, two of my favorites! I can feel myself getting fatter already. I think I’ll print this off and use it during the holidays.


  3. Took this to work yesterday for a coworkers birthday! So EASY to make! Most importantly, they LOVED it! I only came home with a tiny square…:( hahahaha

  4. DEAR GOD this recipe is divine!!!! Simply delicious!!!

  5. That drizzle sounds amazing and the cake looks wonderful. A great Fall dessert for sure.

  6. Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe! I have been looking for a new coffee cake recipe as of late. Got a “job” out of the house (bleh, but necessary). Sure do miss following you as often as I was able too when I was at home, but trying to get caught up. Miss you, friend!

  7. Just finished making this recipe. Waited about 10 min after it came out of the oven before I tried it. I couldn’t of imagined it coming out so good! Was absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  8. oh I sort of want to just eat the sauce, is that wrong?

  9. Hi,

    Do you have the recipe for home-made caramel?


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