Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

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A super easy Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake recipe using a box cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, and graham cracker crumbs! SO GOOD!

I found this Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe in a magazine months ago and it was love at first sight. Not only did it look amazing, but it seemed to be one of those recipes that everyone and their mom would rave about at a potluck. This is my new go-to dessert recipe for all future life events.

Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake Recipe

This Coffee Cake Recipe is beyond easy and can be whipped up in about 20 minutes or less. Then let it bake for about 40 minutes. By then you’ll have a house that smells delicious and a tasty treat to try. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Graham Crackers – this is to make the streusel. If you are an international reader, digestive biscuits will work too!
  • Brown Sugar – this is to sweeten the streusel. Once it starts baking the sugar starts to caramelize a bit and is SO yummy.
  • Walnuts – or pecans! Make sure to chop them so you have small crunchy bites instead of big ones. Also, if you can’t have nuts, just leave this bit out and replace with more graham crackers.
  • Ground Cinnamon – to flavor the streusel!
  • Butter – this is melted and is used to hold the streusel together.
  • Yellow Cake Mix – you’re going to need a good yellow cake mix and everything needed to make the batter.
  • Confectioners Sugar – to sweeten the glaze.
  • Milk – this is used to loosen the glaze so it’s pourable.

Love cinnamon-infused desserts? Try these out: The Best Homemade Cinnamon RollsCinnamon Swirl Donut BreadInstant Pancake Mix & Cinnamon Roll Syrup, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Encrusted French Toast.

Batter

How to Make Coffee Cake

So the coffee cake is based on a yellow cake mix (easy!) and creates a streusel out of graham cracker crumbs, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. You layer the two together and bake. It bakes perfectly because you used a cake mix and when you cut into it, it’s the epitome of coffee cake perfection. Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Stir in butter; set aside.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions.

Layering Cinnamon Streusel

  1. Pour half of the batter into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with half of the graham cracker mixture. Carefully spoon the remaining batter on top. Sprinkle with the remaining graham cracker mixture.

Close Up of Recipe

  1. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  2. For the glaze-combine confectioners’ sugar and milk; drizzle over cake.

Serve with coffee, milk, hot chocolate or whatever else you like with your coffee cake!

Coffee Cake

Tips and Tricks

Lots of streusel – You might question yourself as you’re layering it between the cake batter because it’s a lot of streusel, but you put it in the oven, take a big gulp and it will come out perfectly!

Glass Pan – I love using a glass 9×13 pan because it’s less likely to develop crusty edges like it would in a nonstick baking pan. Just grease it well, and you will be good to go!

Mixing – No need to use an electric hand mixer or even a stand mixer for this coffee cake recipe (though you totally could….I hate the dishes) I just used a bowl, a whisk and some elbow grease for my cake mix.

The Glaze is Optional – but I think it makes it look super pretty! It’s not optional at MY house. Ha!

More Coffee Cake to Try!

This coffee cake is basically divine, so try it out and let me know how you like it in the comments! Printable recipe card below, enjoy friends 🙂

4.83 from 23 votes

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

A super easy Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake recipe using a box cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, and graham cracker crumbs! SO GOOD!
servings 16 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Stir in butter; set aside.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
  • Pour half of the batter into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with half of the graham cracker mixture. Carefully spoon the remaining batter on top. Sprinkle with the remaining graham cracker mixture.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • For the glaze-combine confectioners' sugar and milk; drizzle over coffee cake.

Notes

For my international readers, if you don't have graham crackers for the streusel, digestive biscuits work just as well. Basically, just try to find a sweet simple cracker.

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Streusel, Coffee Cake, Coffee Cake Recipe
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76 Responses
  1. Jan Elmore

    5 stars
    Instantly loved your ‘streuseled’ heaven cake. I also had a little laugh reading your story of hiring a babysitter while you worked down the hall…laughing with you!

  2. Grace

    Hey! In your post, it says the streusel (YUM) is made with walnuts, but the recipe says pecans. Are they interchangeable? I love coffee cake in a big way and would love to make this soon!

    Hope you can get some sleep! Hang in there!

  3. Jan P

    5 stars
    Made this today and OMG, this is the best thing I have made in months. I bake a lot, but haven’t done a coffee cake in ages. This is TO DIE FOR and I will be making this again and again. Thanks Lauren!

  4. Sally

    5 stars
    I made this and it was so good !! Only thing I did diff was doubled the icing and I also added almond flavoring – so good.

  5. Marisa

    Hi Lauren, I’m from Australia and am just wondering if I can’t get hold of Graham Crackers, do you know if they’re like digestive biscuits? I’m not sure what the substitute would be to get this lovely cake right. Thank you x

  6. Meg

    This looks so good! My husband always requests coffee cake for Father’s Day so I’m trying yours this year to mix it up! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Christy Butler

    5 stars
    I love following your blog! Every recipe I’ve tried so far has been easy and delicious, and I love the family updates and adventures. I hope you guys are enjoying New York, and I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  8. Stacey I

    OMG I need this in my life.. Looks amazing!! My favorite dessert is coffee cake. Or anything sweet with cinnamon and brown sugar.. 🙂

  9. Ashley

    Yum!! I’m going to make this asap! I love reading your blog and watching your fun adventures in NYC! Can’t believe it’s been so long since our BYU-I telefund days!

  10. Beverly

    I was looking for something to pass along to a friend whose husband is overseas – hoping it will go well with an egg bake or homemade egg mcmuffins – and I think this is it! Thanks!

  11. Alycia

    I can’t wait to make this! I love graham cracker crumbs and this sounds awesome. P.s.can’t wait to read about how your kids like nyc!

  12. Kelly

    This looks so yummy! I love your posts, and I have such a sweet tooth, so definitely going to add this recipe to my notebook of recipes to try!

  13. [email protected]&R Adventures

    Not having dairy while breastfeeding my milk protein sensitive baby has me dreaming about the day when I can bake with regular butter and milk again. Cakes just aren’t the same! This coffee cake looks delicious and can’t wait to be able to try it and drown it in glaze!

  14. Kristen

    5 stars
    I love the semi-homemade recipes you share! (Well, I love ALL the recipes really.) tried this one and it was another hit.

  15. Emily

    As a newer mom, I love the fact that this uses a boxed cake mix. Thank goodness for shortcuts sometimes. Can’t wait to try it!

  16. Heather M

    5 stars
    I have made this twice now. The first time I followed directions exactly using walnuts. I found the brown sugar over powering. Every body else loved it. It was good just a tad too sweet for me. The second time I upped the Graham crackers to 2 cups and cut back to a 1/2 cup of brown sugar and used pecans instead. I taste tested the topping and it seems perfect to me. It’s in the oven now and I can’t wait to try it!

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    1. Susan Newhouse

      Its made to serve WITH coffee, doesn’t necessarily have coffee in it….though i have seen some coffee cakes with coffee added.

  18. Jenni

    5 stars
    I make coffee cake or breakfast treat for a committee I’m on every couple of weeks. This is has been going on for years! They said this was the best ever!! It was so yummy and amazing even days later so I bet it would freeze well! Any did I mention easy??!!

  19. Sarah

    If I made this on a Thursday evening for a Saturday breakfast (kept covered), would it still be fresh? Should I hold off adding the glaze until I’m ready to serve?

  20. Terri

    5 stars
    I made this for the first time today. Love this! It will make a great dish to take for the next church pot luck. I have a question. I used a glass container to bake. It took 55 minutes to bake. Is that normal?

  21. Jessica Dunphy

    Oh my, I am a coffee cake junkie and just have to try this! Hoping that my family will love it just as much as I do, so I am not forced to eat all of it so it doesn’t go to waste!!

  22. Sandy

    5 stars
    I have the same recipe from the little paper cookbook Taste of home, Fall Baking.
    This is a great recipe i switched to after finding it awhile ago. I always loved Sarah Lee pecan coffee cake when i was a kid. This is as close as I have found so far. Guess great Chefs think alike. Love your other recipes.

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