Enjoy this delicious coffee cake with cup of tea or coffee in the morning or afternoon! The sour cream in this cake batter helps make a tender moist cake. The cake flour will help make this coffe cake a little lighter, but if you only have regular flour, use just over 1 1/2 cups for the batter. You can serve this cake warm with a dollop of applesauce or lightly sweetened sour cream.
YIELD: One 9-inch Cake
Use whichever your favorite nuts are for the topping: pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, or almonds.
For the crumb topping:
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of kosher or sea salt
- 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
- 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, or almonds)
For the batter:
- 1 3/4 cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
- 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, soften
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 cups peeled and grated apples, about 3-4 medium apples
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch pan.
- Make the batter: In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and salt for at least 20 seconds. Set aside.
- With a mixer beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla extract and sour cream. Mix in the grated apples until combined.
- Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
- Make the topping: In a bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pinch in the butter, until it looks like coarse crumbs. Mix in the chopped nuts.
- Sprinkle the topping over the batter and then bake. Bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. Allow to cool, then remove from pan. Cut and serve.
Adopted from “whiteonricecouple” with few changes.