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Easy Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

Easy Apple Coffee Cake Recipe - Zavida Coffee

Cake and coffee go together like nothing else in this world. The best mornings are the ones spent eating freshly picked apples and homemade apple-filled desserts. This recipe is perfect for busy families because the cake is made using only one bowl: less dishes to wash means more time to eat cake!

Easy apple coffee cake is cut and placed in a wooden bowl next to the pan and a bag of Zavida's Apple Pie Coffee


This cake has an added caffeine kick thanks to the addition of our Apple Pie Coffee. Truly the best morning companion, this cake is moist, fluffy and perfectly spiced. For best results, use freshly picked apples from a local orchard. Granny Smith apples are preferred because they tend to cook more tart which balances nicely with the sugar topping and stands up well to baking unlike Macintosh apples for instance. 

Follow the directions and mix the ingredients in the order given. Don’t overmix and add your flour at the end. Once flour comes in contact with liquids, the gluten proteins are activated and overworking them could lead to a tough and chewy cake. One last tip before we start: always season your diced apples with lemon juice, a little bit of sugar and your spices of choice and allow them to sit for 10 minutes before mixing them in. That way your apples will have absorbed all the flavour and sweetness from the sugar and spices and your cakes will be EXTRA tasty!


1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk (or mix 1 cup of milk + 1 tbsp white vinegar)
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 oz Zavida Apple Pie Coffee, brewed and cooled down
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 -1/2 cups flour
2 -1/2 cups (about 3-4 apples) Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced, mixed with the juice of half a lemon


1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Apple Pie Coffee grounds

The easy apple coffee cake recipe is finished and presented in a large pan, sitting on a blue towel with cinnamon and other spices beside it


  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Peel and cut your apples, and add the juice of half a lemon to it. This prevents your apples from going brown while you prepare your batter. 
  • Mix ingredients for the cake IN THE ORDER GIVEN, stirring until just combined. Don't overmix and make sure the flour is added at the end - once flour comes in contact with liquids, the gluten proteins are activated, and overmixing can lead to tough and chewy cakes. 
  • Butter a 9x13 or a loaf pan if you want a thicker cake and pour your batter into it.
  • With a fork, make your sugar-cinnamon topping and spread evenly on top of your batter
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

This cake is sure to become your family’s favourite dessert. Full of apples, coffee and sugar, there is no way to go wrong with this. Have fun garnishing your cake with sliced apples and ground coffee for added texture, and enjoy with some ice cream and a mug of our Apple Pie Coffee! 

Step by step recipe card on how to make an easy coffee apple cake recipe using Zavida's Apple Pie Coffee