Sunday, July 11, 2010

Emeril: Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze

I wanted to bake something with apples for the Fourth of July, and I found a recipe for Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze by Emeril Lagasse. The cake looked and sounded yummy, and because it had a 5 star rating (among 176 reviewers) on the Food Network I decided to give it a try.

Here is the finished product, and I’m definitely in the minority because I didn’t care for this “cake” AT ALL.

It had a nice flavor, but it just didn’t "taste" like cake. It had no distinct crumb or texture, and had a squishy, spongy feel in my mouth. It reminded me more of bread pudding. I also didn’t like the color. All the components: the cake, apple and topping, all had a grayish-brown tint so everything just merged into one big mass. You couldn’t tell the apple from the cake from the topping. It didn’t look appetizing at all (unlike Emeril’s picture).

The cake started out with such promise. Here it is being mixed...

And spread into the pan...

With the crumble topping...

And just out of the oven with it's warm brown sugar glaze ...

So I guess I must have done something incorrect because all those reviewers on the Food Network can’t be wrong.


  1. The original recipe calls for a 13x9 pan. Did you alter the ingredients to fit into a smaller pan? Maybe the calculations were a bit off?

  2. The original recipe said lightly grease the pan with two teaspoons of the butter...I see a foil lined pan here.

    If you don't follow the directions as written you shouldn't complain about the results being different.

  3. i just baked this and mine came out worse. it tastes good but it's like a glob of goop rather than a cake. i think the brown sugar is too heavy or something, next time i'll just use granular sugar.