Graham Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe
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Graham Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

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I use this sweet coffee cake recipe often. It's quick and easy to make. —Blanche Whytsell, Arnoldsburg, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 329 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 332mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon. Stir in butter; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
  2. Pour half of the batter into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with half of the graham cracker mixture. Carefully spoon the remaining batter on top. Sprinkle with the remaining graham cracker mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Combine confectioners' sugar and milk; drizzle over coffee cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Graham Streusel Coffee Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1997, p8

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Kim0827 User ID: 8763291 265337
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2017

"I made this b4 reading the reviews. I used yellow cake mix calling for oil. The nut mixture did sink so next time I will try cooking without the nut top layer.for 20 min and then add the top layer of nuts in the final 20 min of cooking. I also used two tsp of cinnamon. And walnuts i/o pecans."

Jellybug User ID: 53068 263601
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2017

"I am a normally scratch baker, but this recipe is delicious and really easy to prepare. My daughter told me about it, and I made it and loved it."

lvarner User ID: 35803 246439
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2016

"This was really yummy! It was relatively easy to make, and I loved the graham cracker filling/topping. It's a great addition to a breakfast or brunch or at coffee or dessert time."

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 244922
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"I omitted the nuts and icing and took this to a baby shower. It was good, but not outstanding (it was plenty sweet, so I do not think we would have enjoyed it more with the icing). However, it was done in 30 min! I am glad I checked the cake box. 40 minutes seemed too long."

dmc79 User ID: 8775780 244095
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"If you bake this the night before you serve it, will it still be tasty & moist?"

GoodyQueen User ID: 6208519 233251
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"Good, quick, easy cake. My cake baked for less than 40 minutes though. And I would agree with the other reviews in decreasing the butter to 1/2 cup."

sandyko User ID: 5901524 231579
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"I made this as a treat for my husband's fellow tennis players--of course, I had a piece myself (always have to taste new recipes). I used a 9 x 13 pan and cut it into 28 pieces. It took exactly 40 minutes to bake. I was very disappointed when he came home with an empty pan (no leftovers for me)--he said they loved this coffee cake. I really hate the taste of powdered sugar in icing so I made the icing much better by adding a little melted butter, vanilla, and using some left over whipping cream instead of milk--really good icing with no powdered sugar taste. I also added a little extra cinnamon to the topping (love it). I used a yellow cake mix from Aldi's that used oil in the mix (not butter) and had no problem with the topping sinking to the bottom--instead it all rose to the top which was fine."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 223185
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2015

"Delicious, quick and easy! I made this in advance and froze it to serve at a continental breakfast I catered and it was enjoyed by all. I had lots of graham cracker crumbs on hand (clearance sale at Target--LOL!) and this was a great way to use some of them!"

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 222828
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"Very easy & quick to make for a weekend breakfast or brunch. The only changes I made were to cut the brown sugar to 1/2 cup, & next time, I'd use only 1/2 cup of butter, melted. I was short of time, so I didn't use the glaze & it was perfect without it. Will definitely make again. Both of my older daughters took copies of the recipe home with them, & that says a lot as they don't care to bake!"

cakelover55 User ID: 7790520 222671
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"This cake is wonderful! What could be better than a coffee cake with tons of pecans!! My husband and I loved it and I am going to make it again today. Thanks for a terrific recipe!!"

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