Apple Coffee Cake


Apples lend their sweet-tart flavor to this warm and comforting apple coffee cake. The nutty oat and pecan filling in the middle of the cake also acts as a crispy topping that's drizzled with a sweet vanilla glaze.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
16 squares
Nutrition Profile:


  • Baking spray with flour

  • 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar, divided

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened, divided

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

  • 2 ¼ cups white whole-wheat flour, divided

  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups)

  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon whole milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch-square baking dish (at least 2 1/4 inches deep) with baking spray.

  2. Combine 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed just until blended after each addition. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat on low until blended.

  3. Whisk 1 3/4 cups flour and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add baking soda, baking powder and salt; whisk to combine. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and beating on low speed just until blended after each addition. Fold in apples.

  4. Combine oats, pecans and the remaining 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the remaining 1/4 cup butter and use your fingers to work it into the mixture until blended and crumbly.

  5. Spread half the batter in an even layer in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with half the oat-pecan mixture. Spoon the remaining batter on top and spread it to the edges of the pan. Top with the remaining oat-pecan mixture.

  6. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. If necessary, loosely cover with foil after about 30 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

  7. Whisk confectioners' sugar, milk and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over the warm cake. Serve warm, or cool completely, about 45 minutes. Cut into 16 squares.


To make ahead: Cover and store at room temperature for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
12g Fat
37g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 21g
Added Sugars 18g 36%
Protein 6g 11%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Vitamin A 337IU 7%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 15mcg 4%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 34mg 8%
Potassium 160mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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