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

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. Marylou

    Good basis. I will add another apple next time and some pecans to the topping.


  2. Audrey

    I added an extra egg and a splash of vanilla. I also added a few extra minutes baking time. Turned out very good.


  3. barbara coyle

    mom made this all kinds of ways there was a recipe called ‘Rag cake’ she used fruit cocktail. question-can i use can apples


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  4. Pamela

    I baked mine in a loaf pan. Add an extra 4 minutes due to density of coffee cake. Also, I live at 6,000 ft. I added 2tbs. Extra Bisquick due to altitude. It turned out beautifully.
    Thank you for sharing this Simply Recipe


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  5. Marilyn

    Something seems to be missing…kind of bland.

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