During the fall when apple-picking season is full swing, turn the bounty from your weekend adventure into a beautiful coffee cake for Sunday brunch!
This recipe showcases gorgeous fresh apples on top of a decadent sour cream cake. The sweet, cinnamon-scented apple slices can be arranged in concentric circles as shown, or you can get creative with your own design.
Melted apple jelly is brushed on top of the cake not only for additional flavor, but also to give the cake a glossy sheen. As a final flourish, toasted sliced almonds are sprinkled on top.
- 3 medium-sized apples
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup apple jelly, melted
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, lightly toasted
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 3-inch springform pan and set aside. Peel and core the apples. Cut each into 1/2-inch-thick wedges.
Place apple wedges in large bowl and toss with the 2 tablespoons of sugar and the cinnamon.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In another large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs and almond extract. Beat at a high speed, scraping bowl often, 3 to 5 minutes or until very light and fluffy.
Mix in half the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until well blended. Mix in the sour cream. Add the remaining flour, mixing well until batter is smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan. Arrange the apples on top, lightly pushing the pieces into the batter.
Bake for about 55 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen the cake around edge with a knife and then release spring and carefully lift off side of pan. Brush the top of the cake with the melted apple jelly and sprinkle with almonds.
Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Enjoy with coffee, tea, or a warm mug of mulled apple cider for an incredible autumn treat!
- Choose firm, tart apples such as Granny Smith when baking. These apples keep their structure and flavor in the oven. Other apples may be good for snacking, but they can get bland and mushy when baked.