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sour cream apple cake

Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Soft and flavorful apple sour cream coffee cake bursting with delicious apple flavor, cinnamon, and brown sugar. 




  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups full-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, measured properly
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Gala apples, peeled, cored, and finely diced


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans



  1. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients. Set aside.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Spray an 8X8 square baking pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat eggs with sugar on high speed until light in color and thick.
  3. Add sour cream, avocado oil, and vanilla. Beat on low speed until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to the batter in thirds, beating after each addition. Scrape down the sides as needed. The batter will be thick. Do not overmix.
  5. Pour half the batter into the baking pan. Layer with half of the diced apples and then half of the topping. Pour the remaining batter, layer with the rest of the apples, and topping.
  6. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. 


  • Sour Cream: Substitute with whole milk Greek yogurt.
  • Avocado Oil: Substitute with another neutral tasting oil.
  • Apples: Substitute with other sweet-tasting apples, such as Fuji, Honeycrisp, or sweet-tart apples, such as Pink Lady or Granny Smith.
  • What other baking pan can I use? 9-inch springform pan works great for this recipe. 
  • Leftovers:  This coffee cake tastes the best the next day. Keep covered and store at room temperature for up to 3-4 days, thereafter, store in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 2 months. 
  • Original recipe published 8/28/14. 

Keywords: fall, apple dessert, easy