Apple Streusel Cake

mmmm…. Nothing beats the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in your kitchen! This cake is a perfect breakfast or dessert. Have a slice with a cup of coffee or with a scoop of ice cream. Yum! It’s easy to make, there are no weird ingredients and will satisfy your sweet tooth. So, here we go. Let’s go make an apple streusel…

What you will need:

8 or 9 inch springform pan, greased and floured

For the streusel:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, or pecans

For the cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces

To make the streusel:

In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Cut the butter in with a fork or pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the nuts and set aside.

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl (or bowl of your electric mixer), beat the butter until smooth. Beat in sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Slowly add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan and even out with the back of a spoon. Evenly spread out the apple pieces on top and then the streusel.

Bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool on wire rack before serving. Enjoy!

Just look at those layers and cinnamon crumbs 🙂

Banana Bread Coffee Cake

“If you don’t know me by now… you will never never never know me… ooooo oooh.” How’s that for a flashback? Hopefully you all will have that song stuck in your heads for the rest of the day because I’ve had it in mine for 3. But seriously, you should know I LOVE sweet breakfasts. Well, anything sweet, for that matter. I just love sugar. But just look at this coffee cake! The streusel topping is to die for. So here is how it’s done, folks…

What you will need:

9 inch square bake pan

For the coffee cake:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, browned and divided
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup milk

For the streusel topping:

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons reserved browned butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional but oh, so good)

To make the coffee cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Place 6 tablespoons of butter in a small frying pan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until it browns. It will foam up first and then brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, mix sugar, egg and 4 tablespoons of the browned butter. Stir in milk and mashed bananas. Add the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Spray pan with non-stick spray and then pour in batter.

To make the streusel:

In a bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons browned butter and nuts (if using). Sprinkle evenly over batter.

Bake for 25-29 minutes. Let cool on wire rack. Slice, serve and enjoy!