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Graham Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

Graham Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!!"

mamarey User ID: 1121217 221512
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"Very easy to make and usually have all ingredients on hand..Had it for house quests and it was gone very fast.Will make it again.It was very good!"

aperfe22 User ID: 4882052 221002
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Made this today for the first time and it was so good! I had to adapt it to fit a gluten and dairy free diet. I used gluten free Graham cracker crumbs and gluten free cake mix. In addition, I substituted canola oil for the melted butter. I also substituted almond milk for the milk in the drizzle. So good and you couldn't even tell the difference! Will definitely make again!"

bessiebell User ID: 6390314 220392
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2015

"Recently made this, and we loved it. A very moist cake and easy to make."

[email protected] User ID: 1201441 220008
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"I made this for our church coffee hour, as I was pressed for time and needed something quick. Everyone LOVED it, and lots of people had seconds. There wasn't a crumb left!

Thank you for such a wonderful and easy recipe!"

kredhead User ID: 710648 219712
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"quick & easy, made with ingredients I have on hand. I will make sure I always have graham crumbs so I can whip up this tasty, crunchy, sweet cake. Took the advice of others and added a handful of whole pecans for extra crunch & nuttiness. Rounded up the cinnamon to 2 teaspoons...use the good stuff. It was plenty sweet without adding the drizzle, so I left it off. I can see how this would be good with variations on nuts, cake flavors & fruit. It's moist & delicious. I used a glass pan and it was done in 37 minutes."

fireangel39 User ID: 2375076 219074
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"overly sweet and could use more pecans. Cut the sugars by one quarter. Could add a little more cinnamon also."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 219042
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"Good, the cake itself was a little dry but that's probably the cake mix that I used but the streusel was delicious!"

shortytalk User ID: 1598556 218847
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"taste good nice and mosit..."

Nunuk User ID: 7153413 218801
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Yum... I made this for no particular reason today. O my goodness! Very good, and easy to make. I'll definitely make this again!"

kokipelli User ID: 4789599 218622
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"I made this and it was very easy to make and the taste was out of this world, the only thing I changed was I add more cinnamon. Only because we love cinnamon"

Caroldelg User ID: 4299756 218599
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"Delicious and easy to make."

montnan User ID: 983088 218556
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"This has been my go-to favorite for years. Although I usually bake from scratch, this is superior to and at least the equal of any scratch recipe I've tried. Any nuts are good. Use regular cake mix, not butter recipe. Any nuts are good - pecans, almonds, walnuts. I look forward to trying it with fruit."

Wandagreen User ID: 8138936 218543
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"I'll make this weekend"

tiffanykorn User ID: 6174400 214672
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"Simple and delicious. Made this as a request for a work birthday (well a crumb cake) and it was a huge hit at work. easy recipe to make in a bind with delicious flavor."

chefette13 User ID: 4336825 46569
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"I had to times this recipe by 12 but I made it at work for October Fest and it was the hit of the party! Wonderful cake!"

PenPitstop User ID: 7309894 21689
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"This cake is wonderful! It made the whole house smell like home. My family fought over the last piece!"

Danerlea User ID: 875081 15870
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"Delicious cake! I used a Butter Golden cake recipe and my middle layer of streusel fell to the bottom. I had read previous reviews though and baked the cake for 20 minutes before adding the top layer and had no problems with that. I doubled the glaze and added a little vanilla for a little extra flavor. I don't mind the streusel on the bottom but maybe just as an experiment next time I'll put all the batter in the pan, top with half the streusel, bake for 20 minutes and then add the rest of the topping. Any way you make it the taste combination is a winner in my book."

ccamann User ID: 1290795 21686
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"Have been making this cake for 30 years. If I do use nuts, I use walnuts instead of pecans. It is always a big hit!"

MamaJo1 User ID: 3393477 48909
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2013

"This is the best coffee cake I have ever made. Everyone loves it! It is so moist and delicious. Great with or without nuts."

Becky1954 User ID: 5958039 202378
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"I've been making this cake for years! It always gets lots of compliments. I don't put the pecans in."

embatt User ID: 2414376 202377
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"Very good, even without pecans."

hwdog User ID: 5202486 15869
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"I love this cake! It's easy and tastes great.

My whole family loves it. =) My streusel fell to tthe bottom too, but I really don't care. It still tastes just as good!!!"

ChelleD User ID: 4378782 24356
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2010 Edited Feb. 6, 2015

"This tasted so good! However, the streusel fell to the bottom and I had no cracker mix on the top of my cake? Want to make it again hoping it comes out better! Still tasted great though."

lightedway User ID: 4228023 48908
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"YES! I have had the streusel fall to the bottom of this when I used the butter recipe yellow cake mix. After that I have always purchased the regular yellow cake mix that calls for oil. Live and learn right? I have on occasion dusted the top with powdered sugar instead of icing it. It was easier yet looks great and tastes the same."

hwdog User ID: 5202486 15868
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"YES, YES, YES, YES I WOULD MAKE THIS AGAIN!!! It is the best coffee cake I have ever tasted!"

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 23109
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"Amazing & easy."

wilkeel User ID: 3590888 20766
Reviewed May. 4, 2010

"I will most likely make this coffee cake again it has a great taste. Although I can't figure out just why my streusel ended up on the bottom of the cake . Has anyone else had this to happen to them ? I used Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Golden cake mix."

walkingal User ID: 141523 19630
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"I've made this three times with great results. The last time I made it, I just made 1/2 of the streusel topping. After spreading all of the batter in the pan, I dropped a can of blueberries (the kind that come with blueberry muffin mixes) and 2 cups of raspberries (from my garden) over the batter. Then I topped with the streusel topping. It was much better than the home made blueberry coffee cake I've been making for years. Think I'll try it with canned peaches sometime."

amethystra User ID: 1679864 19628
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"I brought this over for Thanksgiving and it went over really well. I liked it so much that I'm planning on making this again for my parents. :)"

lgrapner User ID: 1648945 46568
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"This is always a crowd pleaser! And quick and easy to make!"

Tonick34 User ID: 261150 202376
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2009

"I've been making this TOH recipe for years, and all occassions. It is hands down a hit everytime. People love a homemade coffee cake and I've served it for breakfast, brunch & even dessert. It's a 'go to' for my family."

lightedway User ID: 4228023 202375
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2009 Edited Jun. 28, 2010

"If you can make a box cake you can make this! Super easy, so delicious. A big hit for fellowship on Sunday Mornings and plenty to go around."

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