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Apple Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze


Hello, all!  And happy weekend!  Do any of you have any big plans?  Last weekend I put up quite a few Halloween decorations.  I love decorating for Halloween.  And as soon as the Halloween decorations come down I pretty much count the days until I can put up the Christmas ones. 😄🎃🎄

How was everyone’s garden this year?  Are you still getting any veggies out?  You know, I used to think I had a green thumb, but as the years go by my ability to keep plants alive and flourishing seems to have taken a nosedive.

Early in the spring I came across a Bromeliad flower.  Since I live in a cool climate I was drawn to it right away because it looks kind of tropical.  Yet it can grow indoors here.  Cool, right?

Well, this plant seems to be a little pickier. Over-watering it seems to be the worst thing you can do.  So I was VERY cautious.  I treated it like it was a delicate little egg.


Anyway, for the first few weeks me and Gigi (I named the plant 😉) got along great.  She was red and healthy and beautiful.  Then the browning started.  Oh no!  Was I watering Gigi too much?  I lessened the water.  She got browner.  Oh no!  I upped the water.  She began to wilt and get even browner.  Oh nooooo!  I doused the living daylights out of her.  Finally there was nothing left to do but say a few words over her crumbled remains. 😄  I took her outside and put the planter by the garden.  That was that.

I kind of forgot about her out there.  I forgot to dig her out and everything.  Then, the amazing happened. I looked the other day and tiny new plants are forming at her base!  Gigi Jr!  🎉  So the moral of the story is to IGNORE HOUSEPLANTS ENTIRELY. 😎

Boy, plants are stressful. Isn’t that the opposite of how it should be?  Maybe I need another slice of this soft, delicious, brown sugar-loaded coffee cake to calm me down. Mmm!

(From an apple coffee cake recipe on Food Network)

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Apple Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
  • For coffee cake:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples
  • For crumble topping:
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • For brown sugar glaze:
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs one at time, scraping down the bowl if necessary.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, alternating with sour cream and vanilla.
  5. Stir in the apples.
  6. To make the topping combine the topping ingredients in a small bowl and mix with your fingers until it resembles crumbs. Sprinkle evenly on top of cake.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle combs out with only a few crumbs.
  8. Allow to cool for at least ten minutes before adding glaze on top.
  9. To make the glaze: in a small bowl combine all the ingredients and blend well. Drizzle over top of cake. Serve warm.



{ 10 comments… add one }
  • annie@ciaochowbambina October 1, 2016, 11:20 am

    This cake represents everything I love about fall!!!! I can almost smell it!

    • Amanda October 4, 2016, 9:09 am

      Thanks so much, Annie!

  • Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks October 3, 2016, 7:55 pm

    I have much better luck growing plants outside in my garden rather than in my house. This cake would certainly distract me from caring for a Gigi too. It looks fantastic!

    • Amanda October 4, 2016, 9:10 am

      Haha. Thanks so much, Rachelle!

  • Balvinder October 4, 2016, 10:02 am

    Haha, some plants really are pickier. I am known in my friends as the plant savior however I am not able to grow holy basil in my home. It is such a common plant in India but Canadian weather doesn’t seem to suit her well. I am in love with this cake. I need a slice right now:)

    • Amanda October 6, 2016, 3:13 pm

      Thanks so much! A plant savior is definitely what I need most of he time. 😀

  • Manali@CookWithManali October 5, 2016, 6:51 pm

    I love the brown sugar glaze! yum!

    • Amanda October 7, 2016, 9:45 am


  • Megan - The Emotional Baker October 6, 2016, 1:00 pm

    I planted my first garden this year – & it wasn’t highly successful. I’m trying again with a fall garden – wish me luck! I may need several slices of this cake – it looks fab, especially that glaze 🙂

    • Amanda October 7, 2016, 9:46 am

      Oh, a fall garden! I’ve never tried that. Sounds like fun! Good luck, Megan!

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