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 of cups of Bisquick with some milk (or water), a couple of 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 x 13-inch Pyrex dish.
It was then, and still is now, one of my favorite coffee cakes of all time.
The Best Apples for Apple Coffee Cake
Choose apples that hold their shape when baked. The recipe calls for a tart apple, and these tart apples will hold up well during baking.
- Cripps Pink
- Granny Smith
To add a little sweetness to the cake, try one of these sturdier sweet apples.
Milk Vs. Water in Coffee Cake
You can use water in the batter for this coffee cake, but if you want a richer, more flavorful cake, use milk, or even buttermilk.
If you want to add more flavor but don't want to use dairy, you can add 2/3 cup of apple juice in place of the water or milk.
Add-Ins to Easy Coffee Cake
This coffee cake is great as-is, but feel free to customize it with these additions.
- An additional apple or two
- A teaspoon of vanilla
- Grated lemon rind
How to Store or Freeze Coffee Cake
After it's cooled, cover and store the freshly baked coffee cake at room temperature for 1 to 2 days. After day 2, store the cake in the refrigerator for up to an additional 5 days.
Freeze the cooled cake wrapped in a layer of plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil for up to 3 months. Or, freeze individual slices wrapped the same way.
Want More Apple Cake Recipes? You'll love these!
- Apple Coffee Cake
- Applesauce Spice Cake
- Grain-Free Apple Honey Cake
- Apple Carrot Cupcakes
- Fresh Apple Bundt Cake
Bisquick Apple Coffee Cake
- 2 cups baking mix, such as Bisquick
- 2/3 cup milk or water
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tart green apple, cored, peeled, sliced
- 1/3 cup baking mix, such as Bisquick
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons butter, thinly sliced
Preheat the oven and prepare the pan:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease an 8" square pan or a 9" round pan.
Mix the ingredients:
In a large bowl, mix together the 2 cups of baking mix, water or milk, sugar, and egg until just combined. Spread the batter in pan. Insert the apple slices into the batter evenly throughout the cake.
Make the topping:
In a medium bowl, combine the 2/3 cup of Bisquick mix with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread the topping mix over top of the batter in the pan. Place slices of the butter all over the top.
Bake 20 minutes at 400°F, or until golden brown, and a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.