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Bisquick Coffee Cake

Posted by on 23 November 2002
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Avoid Limp Bisquick, don't over beat.Everyone needs a classic coffee cake recipe. I’ve taken the liberty of doubling the streusel topping, you’ll thank me for it. Simple to make and leaves your house smelling really good on Sunday morning.

Bisquick Coffee Cake: Betty Crocker

Heat oven to 375°F.


* Cinnamon Streusel (below)
* 2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
* 2/3 cup milk or water
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1 egg


# Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 9-inch round pan. Make Cinnamon Streusel; reserve.
# Stir remaining ingredients until blended.
# Mix in a 1/4 of the Streusel topping and spread in pan. Cover with Cinnamon Streusel.
# Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown, testing with a toothpick.

Cinnamon Streusel Topping

* 2/3 cup Original Bisquick® mix
* 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 4 tablespoons butter (firm)

Mix all ingredients in small bowl until crumbly. Cutting them with a knife and fork helps separate the butter.

309 Responses to Bisquick Coffee Cake

  1. karen

    I was looking for the orginal recipe for coffee cake when I went to the biskquick website. Glad to find the recipe that my “HomeEc” teacher gave me…back in 1963. You must put this recipe back on the box for new brides and for the baby boomers who may have forgotten this simple, but delicious breakfast or brunch delight.

    • sierra

      my home ec teacher is making me make this for homework wish me luck!!

    • Jan Gunn

      I’m right there with you Karen only it was in the late 50s for me! I couldn’t believe the recipe wasn’t still on the box. What would we do without computers????

    • Diane

      I too have been searching for this recipe. My mother used to make this for us when we growing up in the mid 60’s, & we would devour it in almost in one seating. Thank you for posting the orignal.

    • Peg Donaghy

      Thank you for putting up the recipe. I made this all the time when I first got married in ’63. Made it for years. So glad to find it again.


    • Barbara

      Please put the coffee cake recipe back on the box! That is the sole reason I buy the mix!

  2. Eleanor

    Thanks for the recipe. I am especially excited after reading all the comments. I am going to make it with a gluten free pancake mix today for a gathering.

  3. Valerie

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I, too, had looked on the Bisquick box and couldn’t find it. My mother would use just the cake recipe, without the topping, for her pineapple upside down cake. I’m making it in memory of her for Easter tomorrow. Here’s to you, Mom! Miss you.

  4. Jeanie K

    Thank you!Thank you! I have been looking for this recipe on the outside of Bisquick boxes for weeks – I thought maybe it was seasonal and I was just going to have to keep looking. Then I thought I’d do what we do now – google it! I have fond memories of baking this recipe with my Mom. She passed away just a year ago but she is alive in all she taught me! Thank you for the recipe and thank you Mom for your love!

  5. camstuf

    Diana :WHY? do I need to copy all the ‘comments’, 39 pages, just to get the recipe. Sure seems like a waste of paper and ink. Admit I am new to computers….is there an easier way.

    There is a print this post at the bottom of the recipe:

  6. Linda97321

    Thank you for this recipe. I tried to find it online and most sites now want me to pay money for this recipe. Well, if Bisquick wants me to use their product I would think they would want to give me the recipe for free. Guess not. I will saw this recipe on my hard drive so I won’t have to search for it anymore. Thank you so much again for posting this. I always make it for coffee hour at church and it is always a hit.

  7. Bonnie Nestor

    You had the recipe printed on the box of Bisquick Mix, this is the recipe that i am looking for. Years ago, in the 50’s, my girlfriend and I would whip up this coffee cake and play cards all day long. This was a ritual for us and we loved it. This recipe no long appears on the box and I can’t find it anywhere.

    I would appreciate obtaining this recipe and remember the good ole days again.

    Thank you.

  8. Jon Landre

    I, too, looked for the recipe on the box of Bisquick … afterall, it was always there. It seems like a box of Bisquick really isn’t complete without the basic recipes that myself and others were so used to seeing on the box. Maybe we could talk them into doing a “retro” box of Bisquick with all the recipes which used to be there for all us Boomers. A Boomer retro box? Maybe they could roll back the price, too? …. Well, you don’t get anything these days without asking!

    Thanks for making this recipe available.

  9. Jo Buettner

    Love this cake … I add a touch of vanilla also—yum!
    A topping hint: My son had trouble with this, so I told him to crumble the dry ingredients with his hands first (washed of course), and then to open the cube of margarine part way and make several downward slices, one way..then the other. Makes for ‘lots’ of little chunks when sliced into the topping. Thanks!!

  10. John

    This is a great recipe but, I’m looking for the coffee cake recipe that too was on the box years ago. It may have used the same streusel ingredients, but you placed them in a pot and melted the ingreadients and then drizzled them all over the cake. Made it a million times growing up and can’t seem to find the exact recipe anywhere. Anybody know what I’m talking about?

    • Linda

      This is the recipe that I learned how to make in 8th grade Home Ec. I have the recipe in the recipe book that we made that year, but my husband packed the recipe book away. Now he’s asking if I can make this recipe. ::lol::

    • Kathy DeLozier

      Bisquick Coffee Cake

      Prep Time: 10 mins
      Total Time: 35 mins
      Servings: 6

      About This Recipe

      “This bisquick coffee cake recipe is one of my favorites. It used to be on the back of the Bisquick box, but they replaced it a few years ago. I’m posting it here not only to share it, but as a backup in case I lose my recipe card :)”

      2 cups Bisquick
      2/3 cup water or 2/3 cup milk
      1 eggs
      2 tablespoons sugar
      1/3 cup Bisquick
      1/3 cup brown sugar
      1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      2 tablespoons butter


      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
      Grease a deep pie plate, 8″x8″ square pan, or 9″x9″ square pan.
      Mix dough ingredients and put in baking dish.
      Mix topping ingredients with a fork or pastry mixer until crumbly.
      Spread topping mix over dough and drag a butter knife across like you were making a tic-tac-toe board several times.
      Bake for 25 minutes.

  11. DENISE

    Just hilight the recipe only, click print and choose “print selection:

  12. Karla

    Thank you for the recipe. I made this in the 50’s and have been looking for it for a long time. It is so GOOD. This is the one I remeber from the box.

  13. Kim

    Highlight the recipe, press copy, open a word document press paste and you will have just the recipe.

  14. Maryl

    Thanks. I’m making this coffee cake for a crowd from high school who are all attending our girlfriend’s wedding!!!

  15. johna

    thank you i also have been trying to find this recipe on the bisquick box, i use to make this with my grandmother it is the best coffeecake recipe

  16. Koko

    call me an idiot if you will but I have been cooking for years from recipes out of cook book’s. I agree that I should have written down this recipe year’s ago. However this recipe for the “Biquick coffee cake” is not the same one I remember off of the box and the directions are a little vague. Does anyone know how to find the “original” direction’s and recipe???

  17. pamela shaw

    been looking for this bisquick coffee cake recipe. used to make it in the 1960’s. there was another one for velvet crumb cake. anyone know that one? As kids we used a topping of butter, cornflakes, brown sugar and it was out of this world.

    • Donna

      I think this is the velvet crumb cake you are looking for:
      1 1/2 cups of bisquck mix, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp shortening, 1 tsp vanilla and honey crisp topping. Blend all ingredients and mix on low for 1/2 minute. Pour batter into greased and floured pan 8x8x2 bake 30 t0 35 min at 350. While warm spread topping. Topping recipe, mix 3 tpbs butter, 1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup coconut 1/2 cup wheaties and 1 can small crushed pineapple drained, mix all ingredients together and spread on warm cake. yum yum.

    • Kathy DeLozier

      Velvet Crumb Cake

      1 1/2
      cups Original Bisquick® mix

      cup granulated sugar

      cup milk or water

      tablespoons shortening

      teaspoon vanilla


      Coconut Topping

      cup flaked coconut

      cup packed brown sugar

      cup chopped nuts

      tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

      tablespoons milk

      1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 9-inch round cake pan or 8-inch square pan. In large bowl, beat Bisquick mix, granulated sugar, 1/2 cup milk, shortening, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 4 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
      2 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool slightly.
      3 In small bowl, mix coconut, brown sugar, nuts, butter and 2 tablespoons milk. Spread topping over cake. Set oven control to broil. Broil about 3 inches from heat about 3 minutes or until golden brown.

      Expert Tips

      Add a handful of chocolate chips or butterscotch chips to the topping for a decadent finish.

      For the cake, you can use 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened, instead of the shortening.

      If you’re chopping nuts in a food processor, use quick pulses to avoid an oily mess. Go ahead and chop more nuts than you need. Wrap and freeze the extra nuts to use later.

      You can also bake this most-requested cake in a 9-inch square pan for 25 to 30 minutes.

  18. carol

    Thank you!! Bisquick was making me sign up for a whole bunch of things before giving me access to this recipe. It is Sunday morning and I so appreciate this information.

  19. Terry

    Now that your company knows how well loved Bisquick’s classic coffee cake recipe is and sought on your mix boxes, why not bring that recipe back?
    For several years I looked EVERY WHERE for it before finding it here. Cooking one as we speak! Thanks for the memories.

  20. Rick T

    Thanks for this recipe. I used to make this as a teenager for my family and I made it for my wife when I was first married, but lost the recipe over the years. I plan on making it tonight !!

  21. Kathy

    copy and paste!

  22. Dave W.

    We also double the topping, but here’s an alternative way to assemble the cake: After preparing the topping and the batter, grease a loaf pan and place half the batter in the pan. Sprinkle half the topping on that, then repeat with the remaining batter and topping.

  23. Rosie

    I have been looking for this recipe for a while as well… It was always a staple that was printed on the box. Same as the popover recipe… They should be printed on the box again. Hope to see them soon

  24. Anonymous

    this was the 1st recipe I ever made by myself as a kid.

  25. karen

    Does anyone remember a receipe called “Lightning Coffee Cake” on the Bisquick Box? I remember Velvet Crumb Cake, but I remember Lightning Coffee Cake tasting better.

  26. K Prince

    Needed a coffee cake in the morning. Thanks for the recipe.

  27. Charlyne W.

    Just made this coffee cake with three of my granddaughters. Nice to keep these traditions alive.

  28. Mary

    I’ve been having to make, at least two coffee cakes. My husband loves them. When I make them they are made at least two or three times a week. We really enjoy them because they are easy to make. I remember along time ago it was on the box, now I use my phone to find the recipe.

  29. marjorie heppeard

    may 26th marge says thank you for the recipe for coffee cake. please put it back on the box. thank you.

  30. teri hauptman

    Hurray! I am so glad you were kind enough to give me access to this great coffee cake recipe from the past. There are only a few items that an entire family loves. This coffee cake is one of the things that found all of our family (six of us) rushing to the table for on Sunday morning before church. Thank you so much for caring. Please return the recipe to the box for the young people to enjoy. It’s easy to make and yummy to eat.

  31. Marie Sarabia

    Gee, Thank you! It is 12:38 pm where I am at and my Mom is craving it, she asked me to make it.. I looked at the box, POOF! It’s gone… ): But thank you for posting this, and thank you for doubling the topping for us. There was never enough.. (:

  32. Clynn Altemus

    I, too, was looking for this recipe on the Bisquick box. I think it’s the same one I made 60 years ago, but from my memories, I thought the streusel was put on top and then swirled in with a dinner knife, making the cake itself with swirls of streusel. In any event, I’m glad to have found it.

  33. gram

    Bisquick used made to send out little recipe “booklets” to add to a small binder that one could sign up for. Fortunately i have saved this and not depended on the costly websites.
    i also agree that it is a great and quick coffee cake, and better with the doubled topping.
    the other recipe i enjoyed was chocolate cookies that were made with pudding mix.

  34. Juanita Moore

    It is New Years morning and I am alone in AZ for the winter and forgot to bring my Bisquick cookbook (that I have had for years) Was, as so many were, surprised that the coffee cake recipe wasn’t on the box! As someone said, thank goodness for computers, but the “Bisquick” people are missing a bet on this one not being on their box. But I guess all the young wives are used to using the internet and I haven’t noticed, but they probably have this in a “ready mixed” form.??

    • Vaishali

      I think this is the velvet crumb cake you are lonkiog for:1 1/2 cups of bisquck mix, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp shortening, 1 tsp vanilla and honey crisp topping. Blend all ingredients and mix on low for 1/2 minute. Pour batter into greased and floured pan 8 8×2 bake 30 t0 35 min at 350. While warm spread topping. Topping recipe, mix 3 tpbs butter, 1/3 cup honey 1/4 cup coconut 1/2 cup wheaties and 1 can small crushed pineapple drained, mix all ingredients together and spread on warm cake. yum yum.

  35. SloWhite

    I have lived in New Zealand since 2002 where Bisquick is not a staple. Last yr I found an outlet selling well known N. American brands for the food homesick. Jubilant, I brought home an industrial sized box looking forward to traditional Bisquick recipes. My Kiwi husband requested the coffee cake and I too was surprised it was missing! Why write it down when one can count on the box? We finished that box without. I too thought perhaps seasonal; alas, no. Thanks for making it accessible.

    • Anonymous

      Since you have access to the internet, you can also do a search for Bisquick Recipe, and find a reipe to make your own Bisquick.



  36. Shirley

    Finally, I have this old recipe again. My son, 45, recently mentioned this coffee cake that we used to have on sunday morn. before church. I make it this am after finding it again. Yes I double the topping too. I hink it should go back on the box.

  37. sleepy

    i haven’t made this in years; used to whip it up in minutes for the kids’ breakfast. i also used to have a FREE great recipe book from Bisquick. lost the recipe book when i moved, bisquick, PLEASE offer it again! lots of us would be willing to pay a reasonable price for it.

  38. Linda

    I totally agree this recipe should never have been removed from the Bisquick Box.This receipe is an all time favorite, my grandchildren love it and so do my boys as well as myself as did my mom who made it for us kids, all 16 of whom have now passed it down to our generations as you can see.So if you are reading these comments, please add the orginial coffee cake recipe back on the Bisquick Box. Thanks much!

  39. Sharon wilhelm

    Wonderful coffee cake

  40. Dflores

    Finally,Classic Cofffee Cake from my past.Bisquick has the best.I have checked every Bisquick box in the greater bay area for that receipe.Please put it back on the box.P.S.Dumplings too!!!!!!

  41. Stephanie Smith

    I make this cake all the time but with a canoli filling~ I call it crumby canoli cake!

    2 cups whole ricotta cheese
    1 pkg philli cream cheese
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1 medium lemon (zest only) or 1 tsp vanilla if citris is not your thing.
    When not using lemon flavoring, I add shaved chocolate or small chocolate chips
    (makes enough for 2 9″ rounds)
    Whip ingredients together refrigerate while cake cooks~

    decapitate the cake carefully after it fully cooled. spread center of cake with filling~ put top back on and refrigerate until you serve~~ it’s delicious! Your friends will rave about it!!

  42. Linda

    Was looking for a recipe that called for only one egg as that is all I had this morning. So glad I found this. Was a hit at Saturday morning coffee today. The doubled Streusel Topping makes a difference and is delicious. Will definitely make this again.

  43. Sandi Feller

    The original recipe had oil in it. The streusel topping did not have brown sugar( They used white sugar) We also used the basic recipe for muffins. The recipes sent to me from Bisquick did not contain oil or shortening in muffins or cake. Big mistake, not as moist!

  44. Noel

    Thank you so much for the recipe! :) I ended up doubling the recipe, mixing all the wet ingredients together and included 2TBS Oil (for moisture) and 2tsp Vanilla Extract (for flavor). (The batter was very bubbly/yeasty looking to me.) I also added a 1/2tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice to the streusel topping. I used a 9″x13″ pan and instead of mixing any of the topping into the batter, I placed half of the falling on the batter and used my fingers to poke or push the streusel into the batter … Like little hills/valleys or pockets. I then sprinkled the remaining on top. It’s gorgeous and delicious. 😉

  45. Paula

    Why doess the coffee cake topping come out creamy instead of crumbly. I put all ingredients in and it comes out creamy ugh. What am I doing wrong?

  46. Anonymous

    Bisquick® Velvet Crumb Cake
    Bisquick® Velvet Crumb Cake

    Prep Time 20 min
    Total Time 60 min
    Servings 8


    1 1/2
    cups Original Bisquick™ mix

    cup granulated sugar

    cup milk or water

    tablespoons shortening

    teaspoon vanilla


    Coconut Topping

    cup flaked coconut

    cup packed brown sugar

    cup chopped nuts

    tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

    tablespoons milk

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