Apple Nut Breakfast Cake

If you’re looking for a delicious fruit cake to serve at breakfast, try this Apple Nut Breakfast Cake. Don’t forget that cinnamon streusel topping!

Don’t you love waking up to a slice of cake for breakfast? Pour yourself a cup of hot coffee (maybe with creamer) and cut a slice of cake to have with it.

Maybe it’s blueberry cake or cinnamon cake or buttermilk cake…whatever your favorite cake, there’s just nothing like coffee cake!

Apple Nut Crumb Cake in a 9x13 pan

So often I think of apple nut cakes only in the fall when apples are fresh from the tree. But really, why not have it any other time of the year? Apples give cakes such a delicious flavor and bumps up the moisture level. Apple nut cakes are so versatile.

Is it okay to eat cake for breakfast?

Much of our recipe sharing and post writing comes with a lot of research. We want to give you exactly what you might be looking for when searching recipes.

I had to smile when I was researching breakfasts cakes because this was the top question: “Is it okay to eat cake for breakfast?”

My answer is of course YES. Obviously you need to eat a balanced diet and make sure you get your fruit and veggies, but it’s ok to enjoy a slice of cake for breakfast if you’d like. Everything in moderation.

apple cake with nut streusel in pan

Is crumb cake the same as coffee cake?

Coffee cakes are called coffee cakes because they are served with…..wait for it…coffee! But are they just a crumb cake?

Many coffee cakes do have a streusel crumb topping like coffee cakes do, but some just have a glaze. Crumb cakes can be fruit flavored and more dessert-like, so they are not necessarily the same thing.

apple nut breakfast cake on a piece of parchment paper

What apples are best for baking?

The most popular apple for baking is Granny Smith. The tart apple pairs well with the sugar that is in most apple desserts. This type of apple also holds up to heat and will hold isn’t shape (not getting too mushy).

Other solid choices are JonaGold, Honeycrisp and Pink Lady. You should be able to find one or all of these at your local grocery store.

Hints for Making Apple Nut Breakfast Cake

Here are a few hints to help your cake turn out perfectly:

  • Cream the butter and the sugar well before adding the other ingredients. The butter should be at room temperature, but not melted.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar alternately with the sour cream.
  • Fold in the apples. You can shred the apples or chop them, but you want to make sure they are very small so that they bake completely while the cake bakes. You don’t really want crunchy apples in this cake!

**Pro Tip: This cake does not call for cinnamon in the cake. We did this on purpose so the cake part had more of a vanilla flavor. If you’d like you could add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the cake batter for ultra-cinnamon flavor.**

Apple Nut Crumb Cake on a spatula

How do you store coffee cake?

This apple nut breakfast cake can be stored at room temperature for 2 days. If you are going to keep it longer than that you should refrigerate it.

Can you freeze cake?

Yes! This cake freezes really well. Store it in an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. When you are ready to defrost it, allow it to come to room temperature before you unwrap or open it. That will help keep the moisture in the cake.

Other Apple Cakes

apple nut breakfast cake on a piece of parchment paper
apple nut breakfast cake on a piece of parchment paper

Apple Nut Breakfast Cake

4.34 from 3 votes
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


For the cake:

For the streusel:


  • Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter alternately with the sour cream.
  • Fold in the chopped apple.
  • Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and nuts. 
  • Sprinkle over the batter.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake tests done.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 283
Keyword apple cake, breakfast cake, brunch, easy cake recipe, easy homemade cake
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About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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