• It is apple season! Time to sip cider, bake pies, bob for apples, visit an orchard to pick your own. Here is an easy recipe for an apple coffee cake that will celebrate fall.
  • Servings 15
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  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups large tart apples (about 4)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup walnuts

Apple Coffee Cake


Years ago, someone brought an apple coffee cake for the surgical staff of Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts. I was lucky enough to get a piece of this coffee cake and asked for the recipe, which I later received.

Unfortunately, neither of us can recall who gave us this recipe, so I cannot give her credit. It is so good that Jo has made it every fall since with great tart apples grown our in local orchards. Here she used just-picked green apples from Surowiec Farm here in Sanbornton. They are an early variety, called Ginger Gold, which Steve and Katie Surowiec planted a few years ago and which provide an alternative to the early Macintosh. They were perfect in this apple coffee cake, which is moist, flavorful and always a hit.

Surowiec Farm has great “pick your own” strawberries, blueberries and apples and also sells perfect greenhouse and field tomatoes, as well as other field grown vegetables. Their stand sells local pies, goat milk soap from Shaker Woods Farm in Sanbornton, ice cream and cheese from The Sandwich Creamery in Sandwich, honey from Back Door Farm in Sanbornton, as well as maple products. If you live in central New Hampshire, plan a trip here and take a picnic. There is plenty of space and a great view of the Presidential Range to the north. Kids love the pumpkin patch in the orchard area where they can pick their Halloween pumpkin as the family picks apples.

This recipe is quite simple, but it must be mixed by hand. When this is done, the texture is firm and moist, but if a mixer is used it becomes too dense. Give this fresh fall apple coffee cake a try, using locally grown apples of course, and this may very well become a family favorite.

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
Grease an angle food pan or tube pan

Sift :     

3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 cups sugar
Set aside

Beat together, using a whisk:

2 eggs
1 ¼ cups canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla

Into a large bowl:        
Grate 4 large tart apples (3 cups)
Mix in 1 tsp cinnamon and
1 cup of walnuts, chopped

Pour flour mixture over apple mixture and mix well. Pour egg mixture over apples and mix until incorporated. Spoon into tube pan and bake for 11/4 hours or until cake tester is inserted and comes out clean.