Graham Streusel Coffee Cake

This Graham Streusel Coffee Cake is an unbelievably easy coffee cake with lots of brown sugar, graham crackers, and cinnamon. Although it’s considered a breakfast food, it’s really a treat for any time of the day. Graham Streusel Coffee Cake - an unbelievably easy coffee cake with lots of brown sugar, graham crackers, and cinnamon. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comEvery time I go to the grocery store with my kids (which is often), they all take a turn weighing themselves on the huge scale at the entrance of the store. I’ve lived in Florida so long that I’m not really sure if this is just a Florida thing or if all grocery stores have a mammoth sized scales right up front next to the empty grocery carts. So when does self consciousness kick in? At what age do we stop weighing ourselves in public? You couldn’t pay me to get up there. Even when I go to the doctor now I kick off my flip-flops and take off my sunglasses before I’m weighed. Because you know those weigh sooo much. I’ve been married 14 years and my husband doesn’t know what I weigh.

This Graham Streusel Coffee cake has layers of cake and streusel all throughout. It’s so easy. I never really understood why we all pretend that coffee cake is a breakfast food when it is in fact just cake. I’m not arguing – but who are we kidding? We’ll we’re not trying that hard to pretend that THIS version isn’t just cake because this coffee cake starts with a cake mix. Graham Streusel Coffee Cake - an unbelievably easy coffee cake with lots of brown sugar, graham crackers, and cinnamon. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comStart by layering half of your prepared cake mix and then layer half of the streusel on top. Pour the remaining half of the cake mix on top (that’s what’s pictured above) and the rest of the streusel. So easy right? Graham Streusel Coffee Cake - an unbelievably easy coffee cake with lots of brown sugar, graham crackers, and cinnamon. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comLook at that streusel baby. The graham crackers in the streusel gives it that extra crunch. Graham Streusel Coffee Cake - an unbelievably easy coffee cake with lots of brown sugar, graham crackers, and cinnamon. the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThis makes a full 9×13 pan. I made it and was kind of wondering who I should give it away to since there’s no way my family could eat all of that. Wrong. Two days later, we had eaten the whole thing.

Graham Streusel Coffee Cake - an unbelievably easy coffee cake with lots of brown sugar, graham crackers, and cinnamon.


Graham Streusel Coffee Cake
Serves: 16
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (see Note)
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup butter, melted
  • 1 (15.25-oz) package yellow cake mix (and ingredients called for on the package such as eggs and oil)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, pecans and cinnamon. Stir in butter; set aside.
  3. Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
  4. Pour half of the batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake for 5 minutes so that the streusel doesn't sink to the bottom. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with half of the graham cracker mixture.
  5. Carefully spoon the remaining batter on top. This is tricky but it's very forgiving. Sprinkle with the remaining graham cracker mixture.
  6. Bake at 350° for 25-35 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. For the glaze: combine powdered sugar and milk; add more milk 1 tablespoon at a time to desired consistency. Drizzle over cooled coffee cake.
You can crush your own graham crackers or look in the baking aisle where they sell the graham cracker crumbs.
Source: Taste of Home

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  1. Wow this looks yummy! Love the graham crackers for something different!

  2. I think the scales thing has got to be regional. I have never seen that in OK! What are the scales even there for?

    That being said, I don’t really see why we would limit this cake with restricting labels like “breakfast” or “dessert.” It just seems unfair to the cake. I don’t know where my coffee cake obsession comes from, but it is fierce and makes me want to eat this cake for dinner. And lunch. And… Yes. I want to eat this cake.

  3. WOW! I am so making this cake this weekend!

  4. Agree with Mary Jo….this just screams MAKE ME THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!! and I will! *hahaha*

  5. Looks perfect. I’m the same way at the Dr.’s office. Although I’m always heavier there than when I weigh myself at home which is really obnoxious because then I’m pleading with my doctor to change the number, lol!

  6. Oh man. Graham crackers are my weakness. I have to try this one. I’m still dreaming about that chocolate bundt cake you posted though! PS I laughed so hard that your husband doesn’t know your weight. Way to keep the mystery alive!! 🙂

  7. That looks so decadent!

  8. Oh my that does look tempting!! Perfect weekend treat to share with the family. 🙂

  9. Crumb Cakes always remind me of camping when I was a little girl, we always had them from the little local store. Graham crackers also remind me of camping … this is a great combination! I might have to get my mom to send me some graham crackers just so I can give this cake a go!!!

  10. This is so good. Since I printed the recipe I’ve made it three times. Including for a potluck at church. They raved about this.

  11. I think I’ll make this for this year’s Easter brunch. It looks and sounds wonderful.

  12. Love crunchy graham crumbs in my cake as well.

    Nope, we don’t have weighing scales at our grocery stores, not that I’m complaining ha ha. I would never get on those lying machines, they never tell you the right nos 😉

  13. Darlene Coleman says:

    I just pulled this out of the oven and cut a slice hoping I was victorious as I love to cook but don’t bake very often and let me just rave at how delicious this is. I used all gluten free products and this is a keeper! Five star recipe.

  14. This cake looked really good and fairly simple… It was definitely simple to make but it turned out nothing like the picture… I followed the recipe to a T and somehow my cake bubbled over the streusel topping… Honestly Im embarrassed to serve this to my guests for brunch tomorrow… The picture that accompanies this recipe must be from another source… Very disappointing:( Hopefully it will taste good even if it does look awful.

  15. Wow I have to try this looks so good.

  16. I made this often when my boys were younger and they loved it. Not long ago one of my sons (grown now) asked me to make that great coffee cake I used to make. Lol….that’s a large category for me…so I said to describe it. He said, “You know ….it was your Gram’s recipe!” (Another large category!) It took a lot of questions, but I figured out that what he was hearing all those years was “Gram’s Streusel Coffee Cake”. Either way – it’s still a favorite!