I found this recipe online a few weeks ago. The first time I made it, I thought it was too dry. So, I tried a spice cake mix to see if that made the difference. The second trial produced another dry cake, but a spicier blend.
Each trial I modified the cinnamon-sugar topping. One time, I added butter and made into a strudel-type topping. The result was very gloppy and it didn’t spread evenly. I changed the ratio of sugar and added brown sugar in the topping. In the final round, I did not add butter, but changed the sugar/brown sugar ratio again. The final round made a very generous topping that spread evenly and was delicious.
You could make this as a coffee cake for breakfast, but we make it for dessert. The original recipe author said that she makes the cake the night before, puts in the fridge, then in the morning she bakes the cake while she prepares the rest of breakfast.
Enjoy this cake!!
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
1 box yellow cake mix (you can substitute spice cake mix, but don’t add the spices listed to the batter)
1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 1/3 cups vanilla yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 21 oz. can apple pie filling
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1 Tbs. cinnamon
2 tsp. flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan. (I use the Crisco brand pan spray that has flour in it. It works great.) Set aside.
Prepare cinnamon/sugar topping for the cake. Set aside.
Place in mixing bowl cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and yogurt. Mix together for 2-3 minutes. Do not overmix.
Pour cake batter in prepared cake pan. Spread evenly in pan.
Spoon apple pie filling on top of cake batter. (To make apple slices manageable, I open the can and take a butter knife to cut the apple slices inside the can before spooning the apple pie filling on the cake batter.) Make sure you place apple pie filling in the corners well. You don’t want dry corners.
Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar topping evenly over the cake.
Place cake in preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.