Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

I originally wrote this blog three years ago when I was in Iran visiting my family, using one of the oldest recipes that my mom has been baking for years. Today, I just wanted to update the recipe with a technique that I recently have learned.

This cake is amazingly delicious with aroma of cinnamon and cardamom, but there was just one problem every time I wanted to cut a slice, the apples were fall apart from the cake and that make the cutting a bit challenging.

Recently, I was reading an article on the "Cook's Illustrated" magazine and I've learned if I microwave the apples for just few seconds until apples are pliable, I can cut the cake perfectly. The result in the finished cake was that the apples were tender and easily sliced but still retained their structure.

I usually like to serve this cake with a simple vanilla sauce that adds moisture & flavor to the cake and makes it totally irresistible.


Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Yield: 9" cake     | Bake time: 45 minutes


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped & toasted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 large apples; cubed & microwave for 10 seconds until the apples are pliable
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder


1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C)
2. Spray a 9″ (22 Cent) baking pan and put aside
3. Peel two large apples and cut in small squares; add vanilla, cardamom, & cinnamon & toasted walnuts & toss together until apples are coated with cinnamon and cardamom
4. In a medium size bowl or in the bowl of your stand mixer, mix together sugar and oil for a minute or two or until sugar is dissolved
5. Add eggs one at a time and mix until well incorporated
6. Alternatively add flour and milk; starting with dry and ending with dry
7. Pour a layer of the batter at the bottom of the pan, add a layer of chopped apples and walnuts, add the remaining batter and smooth it out with a spatula
8. Bake for 45 minutes or until your insert a toothpick it will come out clean
9. Let cool before taking it out of the pan
10. Decorate with powdered sugar and serve with vanilla sauce (the link to the vanilla sauce is on top)
In no time, you can have a delicious cake that is a perfect afternoon snack for your kids or for your afternoon tea!