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Coffee cake is a type of dry, sweet confection typically eaten for breakfast. Apple coffee cake is a type of this morning cake that also contains apples. It may have a topping made of a crumb mixture, sugary glaze, or both of these. This apple dessert usually tastes best when it is warm from the oven, but it could also be served at room temperature. Most people like this breakfast cake first thing in the morning, but it can be enjoyed at other times as well.
Flour, sugar, and eggs are usually combined to make the batter for apple coffee cake. These coffee cake ingredients are normally mixed well before apples are added to the mixture. They may be placed in a rectangular or square cake pan, but many cooks like to use a special round pan known as a Bundt® cake pan. This type of pan has an open center, which means the finished apple cake will form a ring.
Fresh apples are normally used when making apple coffee cake. They should be washed, cored, and peeled before cutting them into slices. It is not necessary to cook the apples first, as they bake along with the dessert. If fresh apples are not available, canned apples can be used instead. Any variety of this fruit may be used, but many cooks find red apples produce a sweeter cake than green or yellow varieties do.
Apple coffee cake is not usually frosted, but a sweet crumb topping may be used instead. This can be a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon in many cases. A breakfast cake could also have a glaze topping made by boiling brown sugar, vanilla extract, and water. A crumb mixture can be placed on top and then a glaze drizzled over this to give the coffee cake an even sweeter flavor.
Many people like to bake this cake in the morning, and then enjoy it while it is still warm. It can be a quick breakfast to enjoy while on the go. While apple coffee cake is normally eaten for breakfast, it may be eaten any time of day. It could even be a delicious dessert, especially when a meal contains other breakfast foods such as sausage or eggs. No matter when it is eaten, this apple dessert is normally accompanied by a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa.