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Applesauce Coffee Cake

This Applesauce Coffee Cake is made with applesauce and sour cream to keep it super-moist, and a cinnamon streusel adds sugar and spice in the center and the top of the cake.  This is an easy recipe for the perfect cake to enjoy with your morning coffee or an anytime snack!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Applesauce, Breakfast, Coffee Cake, Standard Size Cake
Servings: 12 Slices
Author: Erin Cernich

Ingredients

Streusel Topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes

Coffee Cake

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sour cream room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Streusel Topping

  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the butter cubes and 'cut' into the mixture using two forks, your fingers, or a pastry cutter. Mix until you have coarse crumbs. Stir in the pecans. Note - Chop the pecans as small as you prefer. Keep in mind, part of the streusel will be in the middle of the cake, so you may want smaller pecan pieces.
  • Option for making the streusel - You can also make the streusel in a food processor - Simply add all of the ingredients - except for the pecans - and pulse until you have coarse crumbs. Stir in the chopped pecans after everything has been mixed.

Coffee Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and adjust the oven rack to the middle position.  Line a 9x13-Inch baking pan with foil - long enough so it hangs over the sides of the pan. This will make getting the cake out of the pan easier. Lightly grease the foil.
  • In a liquid measuring cup, add the applesauce, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix until combined and smooth. Set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Mix on medium high speed to cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix to incorporate after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Turn the speed to low, sprinkle in half of the dry ingredients into the stand mixer. Mix on low speed until just incorporated. Then add the applesauce mixture. Mix until just incorporated. Sprinkle in the remaining dry ingredients and mix until no dry streaks remain. Do not over mix - otherwise the cake will turn out tough.
  • Pour half of the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the streusel topping over the batter. Pour the remaining batter over the top - carefully spreading the batter out as necessary. Then finish with sprinkling the remaining streusel mix on top.
  • Bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the cake feels firm and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan set on a wire cooling rack for 30 minutes. Lift the cake out of the pan using the edges of the foil, and let cool completely on the wire rack.