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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

4.87 from 44 votes

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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!

Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake Recipe

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.

Main Ingredients Needed

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.


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 🙂

4.87 from 44 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



  • 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.


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.


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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109 Responses
  1. Susan

    5 stars
    Yes, please. This is so good and easy. Ive made this without nuts and every single person has raved about it.
    Thank you for this recipe!

  2. Valerie Newman

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I made this for a card game . It was a big hit!
    I served it with a hot beverage bar.
    I’ve revisited this recipe because I was going to make a King “Cake” for Mardi Gras but not really a fan!
    I’m thinking of making this and coloring drizzle, purple , Green, and gold….

  3. David Armstrong

    5 stars
    The Filling is Delicious
    Cake is so easy to make and smells fantastic in oven
    Came out perfect
    I made it in a Bundt pan and added the streusel to bottom of pan first them batter then filling then top with remaining batter

  4. Sharon

    5 stars
    Great recipe. Easy and uses simple and widely available pantry ingredients. Very flavorful and presents nicely on brunch table. Thanks.

  5. Diane

    Please tell me this could be made as an overnight coffee cake! Expecting overnight snowstorm. Would be wonderful to wake up to a cake ready for the oven, and fill the house with a wonderful sweet cinnamon scent. Also, would adding butter crumbled into the streusel topping bake up ok?

  6. Kathy

    4 stars
    Good coffee cake great flavor. Wondering what i did wrong as the filling all fell to the bottom. I looked back at the instructions and cant figure out why that happened.

  7. Elaine

    5 stars
    Ok talk about winging it, I thought I had a yellow cake mix but it was tresleches. One wasn’t enough so I used two boxes. I also added 3/4 cup sour cream. I completely forgot to add the cinnamon to the strussle and just put it on top. It smells wonderful but we’ll see.

    Ok it’s Amazing! I can’t wait to make it again the right way.

  8. GrannyTess

    5 stars
    I did make it. I love adding the layer of streusel to the middle. I had no pecans. And kept saying this would be even better if it had pecans. Thanks for the easy recipe.

  9. Laure Turner

    5 stars
    Really loved this recipe. The graham cracker crumbs are truly genius, it makes it to-die-for good. I also doubled the glaze as I felt it wasn’t enough. A perfect brunch party recipe and easily made ahead. Thanks!

    1. Lauren

      I mean you can, but I’d probably just bake the whole thing the night before and heat it up gently so it tastes fresh the next morning.

        1. Lauren

          You can freeze it either way…with or without the icing. I might freeze without the icing because I don’t know if it would make the cake soggy after defrosting.

  10. Tineke Schilperoort

    Sounds great and I’m going to make it for sure. I love the fact you mention international readers. It’s the first time I see this. Thanks!!

  11. Christine

    4 stars
    This was an easy recipe to make. The only downside is that it doesn’t have that traditional coffee cake texture, it takes more like a cinnamon yellow cake. My daughter loved it though!

  12. Veronica Chandler

    5 stars
    Everyone wants this recipe. I like to double the strusel and the icing, they cant get enough. If there were 6 stars, I would have given it. Thankx


    5 stars
    This is delicious. I didn’t have a yellow cake mix, but used white instead. It is so moist and delicious, I can’t imagine it could be any better>

  14. Tina McCombs

    This looks like a keeper. I lost a dear recipe like this but it didn’t use a mix.
    I love your recipes and follow you on Instagram but hate your website, sorry! The pop ups Are horrible and the one on the top right that is on always I cannot close so I can read the recipe. ☹️

  15. Lena Lewis

    5 stars
    OMG! So delish! I used almond extract in my glaze. So good! Not as sweet as a store bought coffee cake. That’s why we love it! I tried a few different box cake mixes and I prefer Dunkin Hines Butter Recipe Yellow Mix. My husband doesn’t care for any type of nut so I leave them them out. Still turns out AMAZING!!! I have shared this recipe on Facebook with many of my friends. It’s something ANYONE can make! Thank you Lauren!

  16. Mandy VanHook

    Vegan wife here! Hubby wanted coffee cake but he’s vegan. So i made this with white cake mix, applesauce for the egg and plant based butter in the struesel. It came out great. So if you need dairy free or vegan, these substitutions were delicious! Also used oat milk for the glaze and YUM!

  17. Lucia

    5 stars
    Perfect! This was better than I expected…I really don’t care for cake, but with the coffee crumble it changes the texture. I will be making this again thanks for sharing the recipe

  18. Kathleen

    I made this coffee cake and it was lite and airy and delicious. But all of my stredul ended up on the bottom of might cake.
    What should I do different. I melted the butter before adding the graham crackers, nuts and brown sugar. Was easly to remove from dish while it was warm but everything stuck once it cooled. Please help because this is something my grandchildren will love.

  19. Kristina

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! It’s awesome and I love the idea of just using a simple cake mix! I had a craving for an easy Coffee Cake and checked out others on the internet. I tried one from “Cookies & Cups” because it stated it’s the ‘Best Coffee Cake Recipe Ever’, but I was so disappointed!! Then I found yours here and I made it, and oh my gosh …. it’s incredible!! This one is most definitely the best Coffee Cake recipe ever!! This is my new favourite!!

  20. Sarah

    5 stars
    This was very good! We followed the recipe exactly and baked it in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. However all of our crumble sank to the bottom… Has this happened to anyone else and is there a way to keep the crumble on the top of the cake or no because it is so dense? Thanks!

  21. Libby

    1 star
    I don’t believe anyone actually made this, the cake swallowed up the streusel like a cobbler……that’s the trouble with false high rating on blogs,

  22. Mimi

    5 stars
    Question: Has anyone tried sprinkling some baby frozed blueberries in this? If so, any problems? Thanks!
    I can tell by the ingredients, this will be delicious!

  23. Lori

    5 stars
    Lauren, It was a big hit at an office breakfast party for opening our new employee lounge. One of the executive’s had two pieces. The box cake mix recommended some changes so I added 1/2 cup of coconut milk to the make up the 1 liquid and greek yogurt – and finally a few sprinkles of Ghirardelli semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. Thank you very much.

  24. Marlisa

    5 stars
    I have to say this is the best coffee cake I’ve ever made & eaten. Everyone’s praised this cake. Thank you so much for sharing. M Drury. L- burg,Ky