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 8x13" 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
- 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
Preheat oven to 400°F.
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.
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.
Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown, testing with a toothpick.