A slice of overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake in a plate shaped like a Christmas tree.
Desserts, Gluten free, Holiday favorites

Overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake


Overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake combines the classic flavors of sweet apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. This coffee cake is way easier to make than cinnamon rolls and tastes just as great.

A square piece of overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake.
Overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake

Hosting family or friends this holiday season? Make your morning easier with this delicious overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake. It’s perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. And the kids will love it too! Top it with fresh whipped cream for a lovely, indulgent treat.

Just imagine…it’s early in the morning, the amazing smell of apples and cinnamon begin wafting through the crisp morning air. Your guests stumble into the kitchen expecting to find you all ruffled, flour in your hair and the kitchen a mess. But nope! All they find is this amazing overnight apple cinnamon apple cake waiting for them. And you happily enjoying your morning coffee or tea.

A plate filled with pieces of overnight cinnamon apple coffee cake
Make your morning easier by preparing this coffee cake the night before

I stumbled on this overnight coffee cake idea when I was browsing through an old dog-eared church recipe book called “Great Temptations.” In addition to changing the recipe to make it gluten free, I also adapted the recipe by adding fresh pieces of apples, walnuts and spices. You can make this recipe with gluten-free all purpose flour or regular all-purpose flour ~ your choice.

You can use any kind of apples for this overnight cinnamon apple coffee cake recipe. I used these delicious Washington honey crisp apples. Yum!

Three big red apples being held.
Honeycrisp apples

What I really love about this overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake recipe is how perfect it is for holidays. It makes a great accompaniment to a holiday breakfast buffet. Or bring it to a potluck function. You do most of the work the night before, then finish it off the next morning before you leave. I used to really enjoy waking up to cinnamon rolls Christmas morning (as many people do.) But now that I’m gluten-free, I need an easy substitute. This overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake fits the bill! It’s just as delicious and way easier.

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Overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake

Way easier than cinnamon rolls, but just as tasty! Wake up to this delicious overnight apple cinnamon coffee cake. Perfect for the holidays.

  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or all purpose gluten-free flour)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Peel and core the apples. Cut the apple into small bite-sized pieces. Squeeze lemon juice over the apple pieces, toss to coat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg) and set aside.
  3. Use a stand mixer or electric hand mixer. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, then the sour cream. Mix together well.
  4. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until blended. Do not overwork the batter. It will be thick. Fold in the apples. Pour the batter into a well-greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan and gently spread it out.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the topping ingredients (brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon). Sprinkle the topping mixture over the cake batter. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight in the fridge.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake the cake for 35-40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean in the middle.

You can use any kind of apples you like. For added tartness, use a green apple. I like honey crisp apples. You can also use pears. For gluten-free adaptation, I recommend the following: Namaste Foods – Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend Did you like this recipe? Come back and leave me a comment. I love to hear from you. This recipe is courtesy of northwestspoon.com Sign-up for my email newsletter to receive more family-friendly and healthy recipes delivered right to your inbox.



  1. 5 stars
    This looks so fluffy! My family is actually having a Christmas brunch this year and this would be perfect to bring!! May I ask the benefit to leaving it overnight?

    • Hi Aleka, There is no change to the flavor. I think the main benefit is so that you can serve a nice warm, fresh out the oven coffee cake first thing in the morning…without all the fuss. I’m not a morning person, so I like taking care of all the hard work after the kids are in bed. Then I can relax with my cup of coffee in the morning while it bakes.

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds so delicious with the combination of apples and cinnamon. The smell must be amazing!

  3. 5 stars
    Ohhhh, this recipe is making me want coffeecake. It looks so delicious!!!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a perfect festive treat, I’d definitely love this first thing in the morning with a cup of tea!

  5. 5 stars
    Hmmm…I was just looking in the fridge and realized I had some apples to use up. This just might be the perfect place for them. Not to mention delicious too.

  6. 5 stars
    I love reading vintage recipes too, I always have some recipe books next to bed, it relaxes and inspires me. Love this recipe and are going to treat my family by making it Christmas morning!

  7. Karen Moeller

    Can’t wait to try this. Love recipes that can be prepared the night before.

  8. 5 stars
    Mmmm Apple and cinnamon pair so well together, great idea to make all the hard work the night before, will try your recipe!

  9. I love apple cakes, but have never tried this type of apple cake before. Will definitely give it a try.

  10. 5 stars
    I love overnight breakfasts when hosting company, especially around the holidays, will add this to the rotation – just in time for all my guests this season!

  11. 5 stars
    What a delicious sounding recipe! I could really go something like that just now as I sip my tea and read my book. 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    You apple cinnamon coffee cake is perfect for this holidays season, I love this apple during winter as they are more sweet and lot varieties we can get it. I need to try this with a cup of coffee.

  13. The smell of cinnamon in the morning is great, especially in this cold weather. This cake looks delicious.

  14. This sounds absolutely delicious! My mother had those same dishes too! I like anything that makes a holiday morning easier to execute. 🙂

  15. I love overnight recipes, especially the ones like this that make the house smell divine. This would be a great way to wake up the family!

  16. 5 stars
    Your cake reminds me of my friend’s mother’s cake. She would bake that and whenever we would be there on Sunday afternoons she would serve some with whipped cream and of course some coffee like a melange coffee. 🙂 Those are fond memories and your cake does look very tempting too!

  17. 5 stars
    I love browsing through old cook books as well! This is a great recipe for a family gathering.

  18. Was looking for a new coffee cake for Christmas morning. I believe the search is over. This looks awesome and your photos are spectacular!

  19. This looks soooo good – It would be perfect for Christmas brunch! 😀

  20. Vintage cookbooks are the best! This coffeecake sounds delicious!

  21. Overnight coffee cake sounds and looks great! It’s a treat to wake up in the morning and pop that into the oven. Fuss free breakfast. My kind of meal!

  22. I love coffee because of the crumb topping! It really makes the cake and your version sounds so delish with the spices. So Christmasy.

  23. 5 stars
    This s a perfect cake for my house. Me too, I like looking for old cook books. And I have all the ingredients.


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