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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!

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 Rolls, Cinnamon Swirl Donut Bread, Instant 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.

  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.

  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!

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!

  • Apple Coffee Cake Recipe
  • Lemon Buttermilk Crumb Cake
  • Lemon Cranberry Coffee Cake
  • Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe

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 🙂

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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 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.
  • 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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