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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

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This is the easiest Coffee Cake recipe out there! Laced with a cinnamon streusel and topped with a simple glaze, it’s perfect for breakfast!

I originally found this Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake recipe in a magazine years ago. After a couple of tweaks I’ve made it the best tasting and easiest coffee cake ever. Made with graham crackers, boxed cake mix, and cinnamon-sugar, you can have this recipe done in under an hour!

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Ingredients Needed for Coffee Cake

Eight simple ingredients and a couple of minutes later and you are ready to bake this sucker! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Graham Crackers – if you can’t find graham crackers just look for an alternative. For international readers, plain digestive biscuits would work! You basically just need a sweet cracker.
  • Brown Sugar and Cinnamon – to sweeten and flavor the streusel.
  • Walnuts – either use walnuts or pecans or a mixture of both! These provide a great crunch and nutty flavor.
  • Butter – butter brings the streusel together.
  • Yellow Cake Mix – you’re going to want to find a regular size of yellow cake mix along with all the other ingredients needed to make the batter (usually eggs, oil, and water).
  • Powdered Sugar and Milk – these two are used to make a simple icing that takes this coffee cake over the top!
ingredients on white board

Tips and Tricks

  • Streusel: while making this recipe you might think “that’s way too much streusel”. To this I say don’t worry friend, it will all come out perfectly balanced with the cake.
  • Baking Pans: you can use either a regular baking pan for this coffee cake recipe or a glass pan. Using a glass pan yields softer edges while a regular pan might turn your edges crispy.
  • Mixing: there’s no need for a stand or hand mixer! All you need are some bowls, a whisk, and some muscle.
  • Glaze: the glaze is optional but I highly recommend it! Not only does it make your cake prettier but it tastes one million times better too.
drizzling batter on dry mix

How to Make Coffee Cake

Like I said before this coffee cake recipe couldn’t be any easier to make. For full details see the recipe card down below!

  1. Preheat the oven. Spray your baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, walnuts and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir in melted butter. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl prepare cake mix according to the package directions.
  4. In prepared baking pan, pour half of the cake batter then top that with half of the streusel. Carefully spoon the rest of the cake batter over and then finally sprinkle the rest of the streusel on top.
  5. Bake until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean.
  6. Prepare the icing by stirring the milk and powdered sugar together. Drizzle over the slightly cooled cake.

Enjoy warm with coffee, milk, hot cocoa, etc.

piece of cake in front of whole cake

How to Store Coffee Cake

Store Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake in the fridge, on the counter, in your freezer, pretty much anywhere to keep it nice and fresh.

  • Room Temperature: store in an airtight container for two days max!
  • Fridge: once again, airtight container, but this time for up to a week.
  • Freezer: skip the icing, wrap in plastic wrap then in a freezer safe airtight container for up to 3 months!

Coffee Cake is best eaten warm so reheat it in the microwave in 10-second intervals.

piece of cinnamon streusel coffee cake

More Cinnamony Recipes to Try!

That’s everything you need to know to make this incredibly easy and tasty cinnamon coffee cake.

The printable recipe card is below, enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

fork in piece of cinnamon streusel coffee cake

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

This is the easiest Coffee Cake recipe out there! Laced with a cinnamon streusel and topped with a simple glaze, itโ€™s perfect for breakfast!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 311 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 package yellow cake mix regular size (15.25 oz)
  • ingredients to make the cake batter eggs, oil, water

for the icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray your baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir in melted butter. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl prepare cake mix according to the package directions.
  • In the prepared baking pan, pour half of the cake batter then top that with half of the streusel. Carefully spoon the rest of the cake batter over and then finally sprinkle the rest of the streusel on top.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Prepare the icing by stirring the milk and powdered sugar together. Drizzle over the slightly cooled cake.

Notes

For international readers, if you can’t find graham crackers, use digestive biscuits or any other sweet cracker.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 380mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 338IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 1mg
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