Bisquick Apple Coffee Cake

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Apple coffee cake recipe made with Bisquick baking mix, with brown sugar streusel topping.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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

For this coffee cake Dad used Bisquick, a popular baking mix back then as it still is now. You don’t have to worry about baking soda or baking powder because the mix comes with its own leavening.

All you have to do is combine a couple cups of Bisquick with some milk (or water), a couple tablespoons of sugar, and an egg to make the batter. Pour that into a greased baking dish.

Then insert slices of peeled, tart green apples into the batter and top with a brown sugar streusel topping, some dabs of butter, and bake!

Given the size of our family, my father would usually double the recipe and bake it in an 8×13″ pyrex dish.

It was then, and still is now, one of my favorite coffee cakes of all time.


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°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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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Debbie

    Could you use apple pie filling instead of fresh apples

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  2. Sheryle

    Wow! Happy to find this recipe. Remember my mother making it when I was a kid then I started making it as a teen. Recipe used to be on the box but no more. It’s cooling now. Hope it tastes like I remember! ♥️


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  3. Paul Hicks

    How long did your father bake the coffee cake double recipe?

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  4. Paul Hicks

    Well I also remember the exact same coffee cake on Sunday mornings…drooling waiting for it to be done, the smell was mother taught me to bake, she was 96 years old at her passing.
    To the point….I’m happy I found your site…..I’m making the cake later…I’ll send photos….

  5. Janie Canino

    It was wonderful. It brought so many memories of my grandma. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. Janie Canino, Portland Texas


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