Apple Walnut Yogurt Coffee Cake

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This Apple Walnut Yogurt Coffee Cake recipe is the perfect fall sweet breakfast or afternoon snack. Serve it with a cup of coffee or peppermint tea.

Apple Walnut Yogurt Coffee Cake

Picture this: windows open with a breeze gently pushing in the curtains, dressed in a flannel half buttoned up and cozy leggings, the scent of apples and cinnamon wafting through the house, and blues tunes coming from the house speakers. This, to me, is fall. The shortening of the days is our reminder to slow down and cozy up in the house. And what better way to relax than to whip up this effortless apple walnut coffee cake?

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This apple walnut coffee cake is your reminder to get out there and go apple picking this fall. It’s such a fun and festive way to forage for your own food and there is nothing better than biting into a perfectly crisp apple just picked off the branch.

This cake can be made in under an hour and requires no special piping or frosting skills (two things I am pretty terrible at). I used a mix of apples from our local orchard for this recipe. The apple I enjoyed the most here was the pink lady variety but any apple will do depending on how sweet or tart you like your apples. The walnuts are only in the topping so you can omit them if you’d like but I find them to give it a nice extra crunch.

For some strange reason, I was really intimidated by doing this sliced apple top that you see here. However, it ended up being one of the easiest designs I’ve put on a cake. The trick is to slice the apple as thin as you can and then slightly fan out the slices before you lay them on the cake. To achieve this, I cut the apple into four pieces (avoiding the core in the process) and then thinly sliced those four pieces and used each section on the cake. I made sure to put the apple slices in a random order on the cake, rotating the pieces in different directions to achieve a look that doesn’t feel uniform in any way. That’s it!

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5 from 2 votes
Apple Walnut Yogurt Coffee Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins

This Apple Walnut Yogurt Coffee Cake recipe is the perfect fall sweet breakfast or afternoon snack. Serve it with a cup of coffee or peppermint tea.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 564 kcal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter + more for greasin the pan
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 apple cored and diced small
For the topping
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 4 apples cored and thinly sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 10" round baking dish.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp salt. Set aside.

  3. In the mixing bowl of a stand attachment, cream together 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy.

  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

  5. With the mixer on low, alternative between adding the flour mixture, maple syrup, and Greek yogurt. Beat in vanilla extra.

  6. Turn mixer up to medium and beat until completely combined.

  7. Fold in apple chunks and transfer to greased baking dish. Spread out evenly.

  8. Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, walnuts, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Use your clean hands to work the cold butter into it until a coarse consistency has formed. Set aside.

  9. Grab 1/4 thinly sliced apple (trying to keep the pieces grouped together) and lightly press it down on top of the batter. Repeat with the rest of the apple slices, alternating directions and filling any gaps with extra slices.

  10. Sprinkle the brown sugar topping mixture over the top and transfer to the oven.

  11. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until browned completely on top.

  12. Remove from oven and let cool on an wire rack for at least ten minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Walnut Yogurt Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 564 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 391mg17%
Potassium 349mg10%
Carbohydrates 86g29%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 51g57%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 5.2mg6%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Apple Walnut Yogurt Coffee Cake



  • Sophie | The Green Life
    October 4, 2017

    This cake is sooo pretty Shelly! I’ve always been intimidated by this type of sliced apple top too, but you make it sounds so simple! I’m going apple picking next weekend (yay) so this sounds like the most perfect baking project.

  • Claudia | The Brick Kitchen
    October 6, 2017

    The sliced apples are stunning – glad to hear it isn’t as hard as looks! And love that you’ve used yogurt and maple syrup to make it a bit more nutritious

  • Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    October 6, 2017

    YES TO FALL BAKING!!! So comforting. And I’m obsessed with your apple decoration. I’ll definitely have to try that.

    • Donna
      Sara @ Cake Over Steak
      December 16, 2017

      would honey be just as well?

  • Christiann Koepke
    October 9, 2017

    Love how perfectly Autumn this post and recipe is! YUM!! -CK

  • Mara
    October 17, 2017

    Where is the coffee in this apple walnut yogurt coffee cake? Looks stunning will definitely give it a try but its the mention of coffee in the cake name that got me exited and how pretty it looks.

    • Shellywest
      October 17, 2017

      Hey Mara – sorry for the confusion but the coffee name in the title is referring to the type of cake it is. A coffee cake is a cake intended to be enjoyed with coffee. But I do love the idea of coffee in a cake…

  • Colleen
    October 17, 2017

    I love how the apples make a basket weave pattern. I never would have thought of that!

  • elaine
    October 18, 2017

    added frozen cranberries as well, sooo delicious

    November 8, 2017

    […] cake is inspired by and adapted from an Apple Yogurt Walnut Cake I came across recently on Vegetarian Ventures. It’s charm as warm and inviting as a wooly […]

  • Lori J Ludy
    June 30, 2019

    What are the best apples to use in this recipe. I’m sorry if you mentioned above, must have missed it. I live in Florida so we miss out on the beauty of the seasons so I’d love to enjoy it with baking. This recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to give it a try…. then as a gift

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