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.

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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.

For information on which apple varieties are best for baking, check out our Guide to Apples.

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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77 Comments / Reviews

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  1. Farah

    Made this as published & it was perfect.

    I cubed the apples & coated in cinnamon before adding to batter.

    Next time I may cut down the butter and sugar in topping.

    What an easy breakfast treat!


  2. Gerri

    Made this with a large Granny Smith. I chopped the apple into small prices and put 1/3 the batter in pan then sprinkled some of the topping the the other 2/3 s of the batter and more topping. I also added 2 teaspoons of vanilla yogurt to the milk to make the 2/3S cup . Smelled great as it baked and tastes wonderful. Will make this again.


  3. Karen F

    I made this coffee cake and, like others, added vanilla to the batter. Because I have a surplus of apples, I chopped two small apples and stirred them in the batter before pouring it into the pan. The apples are very crisp so thought if I chopped them, they would still bake up nice. I used a glass dish and baked it at 375 for 30 minutes. Turned out wonderful! I like the cake not being very sweet – the topping makes up for it.


  4. Lin

    Delicious! My husband and son loved it too.
    I only had Macs on hand so they kind of disintegrated into the batter but there was still an apple note. I will use the recommended apple or use more next time. And there will be a next time!


  5. Annette

    Making my second cake in two days! Nice coffee cake and even better in the morning. I did add about 1 tsp of vanilla as suggested and I put my three small apples on bottom, chopped fine. Cake mix seem like not enough but it will spread and rise! After it comes out of oven and cools slightly I added more course brown sugar and drizzled powdered sugar. Smells and tastes wonderful!


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