This incredible Bisquick Coffee Cake recipe is sweet and nostalgic. Every wonderful bite magically takes you back to Grandma’s kitchen.

 A slice of Bisquick Coffee Cake on a plate

This Bisquick Coffee Cake holds a special place in my heart. My grandmother was a big believer in having fresh made coffee cake on hand for potential visitors. These were the days before humans waited 20 minutes in line for a latte, making them super late for almost every commitment, but not late enough to take a quick Snap of it for their followers.

Gran’s friends would often stop over for a cup of coffee, imagine that! It gets worse. She felt it appropriate to have fresh homemade coffee cake to serve with it.

Anyway, my grandmother also believed that you could make pretty much anything out of Bisquick, hence my recipes for Bisquick Breakfast Casserole , Bisquick Sausage Balls , oh, and Bisquick Peach Cobbler. These tried and true recipes fit in nicely with this ahh-mazing Bisquick Coffee Cake, which I’ll share with you now.

Bisquick Coffee Cake in a baking dish, top shot

What Is Coffee Cake?

Coffee cake is a soft and delicious breakfast cake that is not overly sweet in its traditional form. While it usually consists of a light brown sugar and cinnamon flavor, it can be tweaked plenty of ways to sweeten it up and make it your own.

Bisquick coffee cake with apple pie filling is a great way to welcome fall, while Bisquick coffee cake blueberry muffins are a wonderful way to celebrate summer!

How To Make Bisquick Coffee Cake?

Making Bisquick Coffee Cake is easy. This is an old Bisquick coffee cake recipe, but it never fails to please a crowd. Also, it’s easy to make…and you can whip it up for when you do have unexpected guests.

All you really need is a hand mixer, a prepared baking pan (8×8 or 9×9 – this isn’t the Bisquick coffee cake 13×9 pan recipe) and a mixing bowl. Combine Bisquick, whole milk, eggs and granulated sugar. Pour the batter into a prepared pan.

For the topping, combine Bisquick, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Mix together until coarsely ground and sprinkle it over the top. Bake!

A slice of Bisquick Coffee Cake on a plate with a cup of coffee

What I Love Most About This Easy Coffee Cake Recipe

I love it because it’s genuinely an easy coffee cake recipe, with standard ingredients. I get so frustrated when I’m scrolling through Pinterest, and a recipe claims to be easy but actually requires ingredients like vanilla bean and spelt flour. I love both of those ingredients, but I don’t consider them staples in my pantry.

Bisquick, on the other hand, is a frequent flier. I always have what I need for this cake on hand, meaning it’s not only delicious, but a tried and true go-to recipe. It’s not a Bisquick coffee cake recipe from box instructions. It was created with love. Which is why it’s so easy.

It might seem like a shortcut, but Bisquick can star in the leading role for hundreds of recipes, ranging from savory to sweet. This Impossible Cheeseburger Pie Recipe with Bisquick is gooey proof that Bisquick can do it all.

Does This Taste Like Cinnamon Coffee Cake?

No, not really. There is cinnamon in the topping, but it offers a super subtly sweet spice flavor. A cinnamon coffee cake has a much stronger cinnamon taste, and you’ll be able to see the swirls of cinnamon throughout.

I like to add additional cinnamon to the batter of this recipe when I make Bisquick coffee cake muffins!

Does This Have The Texture Of A Sour Cream Coffee Cake?

Nope. Sour Cream Coffee Cake is a bit richer and denser than this light and airy Bisquick cake. Sour cream adds a tad more moisture to the recipe as well, kind of like a Bisquick cream cheese coffee cake.

If you want to moisten your coffee cake up a bit, but skimp on the extra calories, try a Bisquick coffee cake with applesauce. You’ll be pleasantly surprised! Heck, they’re all delicious.

Bisquick Coffee Cake in a baking dish with forks and plates, and coffee on the side

Can You Convert This To A Blueberry Coffee Cake?

In my opinion, few ingredients add juicy little flavor bursts quite like blueberries. You can convert this simple coffee cake recipe into a Blueberry Coffee Cake just by adding a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries!

If you’re feeling adventurous, we’ve got a great from-scratch recipe linked above! Don’t run, it’s easy!

More Coffee Cake Recipes:

The world wide web is absolutely stuffed with delectable coffee cake recipes that are to die for. From thick and moist to light and airy…there is an endless supply of diverse coffee cake recipes ready for the making. 

So we’re clear, I rarely keep my coffee cake indulgence restricted to the A.M. hours. There are too many incredible coffee cake recipes for me not to attempt to enjoy them all.

Plus, you can add anything (like raspberries and strawberries…hint hint) to this basic Bisquick coffee cake recipe, and chances are it will still taste incredible!

Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake is dreamlike on a crisp morning.

A slice of Apple Coffee Cake on a saucer

Raspberry Coffee Cake

Raspberry Coffee Cake bursts with the warm sugary flavor of slightly tart raspberries.

Strawberry Coffee Cake

Strawberry Coffee Cake compliments a cup of coffee with cream and sugar as well as it does a glass of Sweet Tea or, dare I say, wine.

Best Coffee Cake Recipe

There are so many versions of coffee cake available. This recipe might not be the best coffee cake recipe you’ll ever try (I’m being modest, it is), but you can make it your own.

The original is delicious, my Gran knows her way around a coffee cake, but this recipe handles additions and tweaks like a champ! You’ll love it as it is, but don’t be afraid to take it to the next level.

A slice of Bisquick Coffee Cake on a plate

Recipe Notes for Bisquick Coffee Cake Recipe:

Can You Make This Ahead of Time? You absolutely can make this Bisquick Coffee Cake Recipe ahead of time! That’s how my Gran survived her loving (judgy) circle of friends! Simply prepare, bake and then cover it right away! Pop it in the fridge, but bring it to room temp before serving.

Better yet, warm each serving in the microwave and serve with fresh coffee and cream. Ugh. I’m hungry.

How Do You Freeze This Cake? If you find that you’ve made too much coffee cake and no one stopped by, and you’re not like me and ready and willing to consume the entire cake yourself…no problem!

Cover it tightly in a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to three months. When it thaws, it will taste like you just made it!

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A slice of Bisquick Coffee Cake on a plate
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Bisquick Coffee Cake

This incredible Bisquick Coffee Cake recipe is sweet and nostalgic. Every wonderful bite magically takes you back to Grandma’s kitchen.

Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 9 Servings
Calories 216 kcal
Author Kathleen


Coffee Cake:

  • 2 Cups Bisquick
  • 2/3 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar


  • 1/3 Cup Bisquick
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray an 8X8 inch or 9X9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, combine all the coffee cake ingredients. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix together all the topping ingredient with a pastry blender or 2 butter knives until the mixture forms coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping evenly over batter.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.

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Nutrition Facts
Bisquick Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 /9 of the recipe)
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 438mg 18%
Potassium 94mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Sugars 15g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Calcium 8.6%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.