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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.

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.

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!

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.

5 from 10 votes

Apple Breakfast Cake Recipe

Dessert 55 mins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 16
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Apple Breakfast Cake makes a warm, comforting treat anytime of the day. An apple coffee cake topping with streusel and filled with fresh apples.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 apples peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons butter melted
  • Streusel Topping
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 4 tablespoons butter diced


  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover cake slices tightly with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe Review


  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!

    1. 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. 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!!!

    1. 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. 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 🙂

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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    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!

  7. 5 stars
    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.

  8. 5 stars
    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!

  9. Hi Robin.
    I so want to try and bake this cake. Is the applesauce sweetened?

    Thank you in advance.
    Love your blog

  10. Hey Robyn,
    Just happened to find your sight and i’m thrilled I did. My son’s 29th birthday is tomorrow and he always wants a white cake with white frosting. Don’t know how he can be my son and not LOVE chocolate!!! Oh well I’ll try the recipe and let you know what happens.
    I love to bake and since I’m home recovering from major surgery it’s something I can do.
    Thanks from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylavania!

  11. Will this recipe freeze well? I like to make something like this, cut into individual portions, and freeze for whenever I want one.

    Please also respond to my email address.

    Thank you, Sharon

  12. 5 stars
    I fell on your website searching for a “breakfast apple cake recipe” This recipe was simple – i had everything on hand and it is simply delicious!! What a great cake to bring to brunches/potlucks. Thank you for sharing!

  13. 5 stars
    I was browsing the Internet looking for something I can make for breakfast for my large family. ..using apples…and I had no eggs.
    Wow!!! I made this easily in 20 min and put it in the refrigerator for the morning.
    I waited until the morning to put the topping on.
    This is seriously amazing. It’s just enough sweet but not top sweet for breakfast…yet crunchy, warm. ..moist. delicious. My husband can be hard to impress with food, he gave it a 10.
    I followed it exactly as written except I used almond milk.
    Thank you!!!!!

  14. 5 stars
    This recipe was a hit for breakfast on Thanksgiving weekend (in October in Canada). It was very moist and stayed that way even a few days later when just left in the pan and covered in plastic wrap. The light sweetness was perfect for a breakfast food and the cinnamon was not overpowering. We wouldn’t change a thing with this recipe and will put it in our favourites list. Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    My 9 y/o daughter proclaimed that this “smells like autumn in a pan!” This easy-to-make cake is delectable. Will def make again! 

  16. 5 stars
    Recipe so easy…. and cooking with applesauce is my fav!    Turned out great… especially with picky eaters in the house.    Didn’t have to worry about leftovers, they ate every bite. 💕

  17. 5 stars
    Absolutely easy and delicious. I love the no eggs as my grandson is allergic to eggs. So tasty and moist. I only baked it for 35 min and it was perfect.