Whole Grain Apple Coffee Cake

Whole grain apple coffee cake #WMTMoms

Fall apples: I picture the shiny apples of fairy tales, a long wind ruffling through the tree branches, crunchy leaves that break under my feet, and crisp clear night skies touched with notes of frosty bites that sting the skin. That’s my version of Fall as it weaves in and out of my memory.  I devote my hours housed in my baking kitchen atop a generous heap apples at walmartof various types of apples. I buy every color I can find at Walmart.  The tempting fruit spheres come in hues of the season: yellow, green, and red. Take your pick, my fine pretty, as they are super affordable.   What I make depends on my mood.  Once upon a time it could be a lovely apple tea, or happily ever after applesauce. If the witch’s broom touches down on the ground she might be in search for a candied apple. Perhaps if I bake an apple crisp I will attract every mouse, bear and rabbit to wait at my back door till I serve them each a scoop. I could make mountainous apple fritters that will serve as hiding places for the tiny sprites that live among the pines. Or maybe I should feed the little girl inside of me that is always chanting “apple coffee cake, apple coffee cake, apple coffee cake….” How could I ignore those precious wishes? I take whole grain flour and mix it with apples and other sweets for the most amazing tasty wholesome cake that just might wake me from my dream, because surely this is the cake of my dreams. Now just to figure out how to get the cake out of that darn tube pan.

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Ingredients for whole grain apple coffee cake:

  • For the topping: 3/4 – cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 – cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 – cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 – cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 – teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 – teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 – tablespoons cold butter (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • For the center: 1/4 – cup brown sugar
  • 1 – cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 – teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • For the cake: 2 – cups sugar
  • 3 – eggs
  • 1 – tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 – cups vegetable oil
  • 1/4 – cup orange juice
  • 3 – cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 – teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 – teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 – teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 – teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 3 – cups chopped apples (peeled and cored)(about 3 to 4 apples)
  • 1 – cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • For the icing: 1 – cup powdered sugar
  • 4 – tablespoons Cacique’s crema Mexicana

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a tube pan with a non-stick baking spray. Set to the side.
  3. For the topping: In a bowl combine brown sugar, pecans, oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, and salt. Mix with a fork to combine. Then using your fingers mash cold butter into dry mixture until it forms into little crumbs the size of peas. Place in the fridge until ready to use.
  4. For the center: In a bowl mix brown sugar, pecan and cinnamon together. Set to the side until ready to use.
  5. For the cake: In a mixer add in sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, vegetable oil, and orange juice. Mix to combine completely.
  6. In a bowl sift whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and ground ginger together. Slowly add dry mixture to wet ingredients until combined.
  7. Add in apples and coconut. Mix until completely combined.
  8. Pour half of cake batter into greased tube pan.
  9. Sprinkle center mixture into top of batter. sprinkle center mixture into half the batter
  10. Top center mixture with remaining batter.
  11. Smooth the top of batter with a spatula, then top cake batter with topping reserved from the fridge.
  12. Bake cake for an hour and a forty minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling rack until completely cooled. I like to let it cool over night. coffee-cake-on-cooling-rack
  14. Remove cake from tube pan (see video below on how to remove cake from tube pan) and place on a cake stand. whole grain apple coffee cake on cake stand #WMTMoms
  15. For the icing: Whisk powdered sugar and crema Mexicana together. Drizzle over the top of the cake and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. icing top of coffee cake #WMTMoms
  16. Enjoy! Center of whole grain apple coffee cake #WMTMoms

Watch this quick video on how to remove cake from tube pan!

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