Apple Breakfast Cake Recipe

Happy New Year! Did you have a good New Year’s Eve and Day? We were absolute homebodies. We stayed home all day both days and while it was rainy and yucky outside decided to have a Downton Abbey marathon. It was absolutely heaven.

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I made this apple breakfast cake for new year’s day morning and I have to tell you, my family is a bit obsessed with it.

I had been testing a new breakfast cake recipe and then decided to make one that I knew Mama would be able to eat easily.

She has to be careful with eating eggs and I like to make recipes that the whole family can enjoy, especially for special occasions.


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Instead of using eggs, I amped up the apple flavor and the moist texture of this breakfast cake with applesauce.

Did you know you can substitute applesauce in many baked goods without losing a soft crumb?

It works well in pancakes, muffins, waffles, and also in cookies.

It really shines in this recipe, too!


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This recipe is so simple to whip together.

You mix it all together with a spoon in one big bowl.

It’s nice not to have to worry about turning on a mixer early in the morning so that you can let other folks in the house sleep in a bit on a holiday or weekend.

The smell of it baking is sure to wake them up though. It made my entire house smell so warm and delicious that it was hard to wait on it to finish baking!

Here’s the recipe to my Apple Breakfast Cake. I added a streusel topping for even more flavor, but this cake is amazing without it. It gets gobbled up quickly either way, I promise.

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Apple Breakfast Cake Recipe
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Apple Breakfast Cake makes a warm, comforting treat anytime of the day. An apple coffee cake topping with streusel and filled with fresh apples.
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Streusel Topping
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 4 tablespoons butter, diced
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add all dry ingredients through brown sugar to a large bowl. Whisk together until well-combined. Add in diced apples, applesauce, milk, and melted butter. Stir until well-combined. Pour batter into prepared 9×13 baking dish.
  3. In a small dish, combine all of the ingredients for streusel topping, mixing together with a pastry blender, a fork or even with your fingers. Add to the top of the apple breakfast cake batter.
  4. Bake cake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
  5. Cover cake slices tightly with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1

    Breakfast cake?!? I’m so in! I used to bake with applesauce a lot…and then I sort of forgot about it. Time to start again…with this cake.

    Oh, and that streusel? It looks heavenly!

    • 2

      I think cake for breakfast is the way to start the day, don’t you? I’m loving baking recipes for my Mama with applesauce. It just makes for a very tender result.

      Hope y’all had a great New Year’s holiday!

  2. 3

    We didn’t go anywhere on New Year’s day…and it was nice!! I must try this breakfast cake…my kids would devour it I’m sure. And I love using applesauce in place of eggs too!!!

    • 4

      It sure was nice to just snuggle in for the holiday. I hope your kids love this cake. There is just something about telling them there is cake for breakfast that gets you the fun mom award for the day!

  3. 5

    Looks AMAZING!!!! Happy New Year :)

  4. 7

    Looks fabulous!!!! I have a similar recipe but I like the applesauce in this one. I will have to give it a try.

  5. 9

    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous recipe!

  6. 11

    Totally my kind of breakfast! Love apple cake with delicious looking topping like this!

  7. 12

    I love streusel topping and I love apples baked into cakes. This looks like a great breakfast or any time cake. I could happily go around picking off that glorious top layer of it too :)

  8. 13
    hilopatti says:

    What happened to link to add to our recipe box?I sure miss that I have no printer. Thank you I love this site.

  9. 15

    Love this recipe!!!! It sounds wonderful, and no eggs is awesome.

  10. 16

    What about the cinnamon?

  11. 18

    You’re absolutely speaking my language with this! I was just saying the other day how I put apples in anything I can and totally want this right now :)

  12. 19

    Happy New Year! This breakfast cake looks quite lovely!

  13. 20

    I would be obsessed too! This looks scrumptious!

  14. 21

    13 days into the new year…gonna have to give this recipe a try! And – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  15. 22
    Jocelyn says:

    I made this for Sunday brunch today, and it was very well received. It is delightfully moist and not overly sweet, perfect for breakfast or brunch, any day of the week. Thanks, Robyn!

  16. 23

    This was amazing. I made it in the evening for us to have breakfast the next morning. Well, the smell was too good… We wound up having a slice for dessert too. I was coming back on here to get the recipe so I can make it again. This is a keeper. I was concerned about the texture since it doesn’t have eggs. Sometimes replacing with applesauce leaves a strange texture, this does not. It’s not too sweet either. It truly is perfect as written (which is rare in my experience) :) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My husband and kids all thank you too.

  17. 24
    Allison Larsen says:

    This recipe is such a great, easy way to do a breakfast cake. It turned out perfectly, so I highly recommend. While I’m at it I can recommend, 100%, the following Addapinch recipes. My family is nuts over them: chocolate cupcakes, salted caramel blondies, Mississippi mudcake, apple cinnamon muffins and Balsamic pork tenderloin. We just discovered the site recently so will keep plugging through the recipes. Thanks!

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