Julie B's New England Coffee Cake

Create the tastiest blueberry muffins or an unforgettable walnut apple cake with Julie B's easy and versatile New England coffee cake recipe.

This coffee cake is easily veganized! See the bottom of the recipe for more info.


  • 1/4 cup (55g) butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Optional: 1/2 cup fruit (blueberries, chopped apples, raspberries)


  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Optional: walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2. Prepare Wet Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Mix until the ingredients are well combined and smooth.
3. Prepare Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
4. Combine: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined.
5. Add Sour Cream: Fold in the sour cream until the batter is smooth and well combined.
6. Optional Add-ins: If desired, gently fold in 1/2 cup of your choice of fruit (blueberries, chopped apples, raspberries, etc).
7. Prepare Topping: In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and shortening until crumbly. If desired, stir in some walnuts.
8. Assemble: Pour the batter into a greased baking dish or muffin tin. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the batter.
9. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
10. Cool and Serve: Allow the baked goods to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

Vegan coffee cake recipe alternatives:

  1. Butter alternative: Dairy free butter or shortening
  2. Sour cream alternative: Vegan sour cream or yogurt

This is a naturally vegan recipe and you truly cannot tell the difference!