Bisquick Apple Coffee Cake


A favorite family ritual growing up was apple coffee cake on Sunday mornings. My dad would prepare it for his six greedy kids, all of us begging for him to pile on the brown sugar.

Bisquick Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.



  • 2 cups Bisquick mix
  • 2/3 cup of milk or water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tart green apple, cored, peeled, sliced


  • 1/3 cup Bisquick mix
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp butter


1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2 Grease 8" square pan or 9" round pan. Mix cake ingredients. Spread cake batter in pan. Insert apple slices into the batter evenly throughout the cake.

3 Mix the topping ingredients of Bisquick, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread topping mix over top of batter in pan. Add slices of butter all over the top.

4 Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown, testing with a toothpick.

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  • Clare

    Just made this… It tastes great, but some things I’ll probably do the next time: I would divide the batter so half goes under the apples and half goes over or at least put a little batter over the apples. Also, I would add another layer of the brown sugar mixture in the middle. Other than that, it was good. The center didn’t cook as fast and I put it in for another 3 minutes. Not sure if I’ll do that next time because I felt it dried out slightly. I will just take it out and let it finish up outside of the oven. Great quick breakfast recipe!

  • Deon

    I made this recipe tonight but didn’t have any apples so I threw in about 1/2 cup of applesauce. It turned out fab!! Yum yum yum and the kids loved it too!! It was actually a good choice because my kids don’t like chunks in their food so it made it moist and delish… And didn’t taste biscuity

  • Jenny G

    I made this the first time this weekend. I have constantly been on the search for an easy, quick coffee cake recipe as my husband has a sweet tooth. I think this turned out very well. We ate the entire thing. I think the key is not to overmix, sprinkle some cinnamon/sugar or apple pie spice in the middle apple layer and not to overcook. It reheated well also. Elise, please tell your Dad it was great.

  • Ellen

    My mom used to make this for us when I was growing up, thanks for posting it. I knew immediately I wanted more apples, so I used two. I also like more topping so I double the sugar topping. It’s great, for those of you who are complaining about it being bland and tasteless, you obviously never grew up with the joys of bisquick.

  • CL

    Seems like several of us encountered a few problems with this recipe. When mixing the cake ingredients together, do you recommend that we mix it manually or use an electric mixer? If using a mixer, how long should we be mixing it for? My cake turned out quite doughy but the topping was real nice. Thanks!

    Hi CL, this is the recipe my father used every Sunday to make us coffee cake when I was a kid. You don’t need a mixer. It could be actually that people may be overmixing the batter which might make it too tough. I would mix it just until the batter comes together, no further. ~Elise

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