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.

Apple Breakfast Cake Recipe

5 from 11 votes
Apple Breakfast Cake makes a warm, comforting treat anytime of the day. An apple coffee cake topping with streusel and filled with fresh apples.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (12 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (49.5 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.33 g) ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (198 g) packed brown sugar
  • 2 (218 g) apples, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup (191.25 g) applesauce
  • 1 cup (227 g) milk
  • 8 tablespoons (113 g) butter, melted
  • Streusel Topping
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (53.25 g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (22.25 g) oats
  • 4 tablespoons (61.5 g) 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. You can follow my tips for how to tell when your cake is done. 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.


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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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

  2. 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 🙂

  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!!!

    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!

  4. 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!