Graham Cracker Coffee Cake

Graham Cracker Coffee Cake starts with a cake mix and has a delicious graham cracker cinnamon streusel. This comforting cake will remind you of home!

What are some of the foods that remind you of home? For me, a main one is graham crackers. I think of graham crackers and pudding or milk…and don’t forget the s’mores we all grew up with!

This graham cracker coffee cake has all the comforts of home. Traditional cake mix infused with cinnamon, a streusel inside and on top of the cake, and a powdered sugar glaze. Never underestimate a simple glaze!

piece of coffee cake on a spatula with fruit in the background

Why you’ll love this cake:

  • Uses a cake mix so it’s easy!
  • A great way to use up those extra graham cracker crumbs.
  • Uses pantry staples.
  • Comforting cinnamon flavor.
  • Streusel and glaze. What could be better?
ingredients for graham cracker coffee cake

How to Make Graham Cracker Coffee Cake

You’ll need a 9×13 baking pan for this recipe. Spray the pan with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.

Make the streusel.

I don’t know about you, but I often have several packages of graham crackers open in varying states of brokenness. This is a great recipe to use all those crumbs up!

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then stir in the melted butter. Set aside until you’re ready to layer it in the cake.

Make the cake.

Cake mixes are super easy to mix up and this one is no different. Combine the cake mix, water, oil, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer just until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes longer.

Then layer half of the cake batter, half of the streusel, the remaining cake batter and remaining streusel in the cake pan.

sprinkling streusel over cake batter in a pan

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Powdered Sugar Glaze.

  • In a small bowl, combine confectioners sugar with vanilla and butter flavoring.
  • Add a few drops of water until you achieve drizzling consistency.
glaze drizzling off a spoon

Then drizzle the glaze over the warm cake. It’s delicious served warm, but is great the next day too!

overhead view of graham cracker coffee cake

How to Store Coffee Cake

This coffee cake is safe to store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. You can also freeze this cake in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

graham cracker coffee cake on a table with a fork

Recipe Variations:

  • Use any flavor cake mix you’d like. Spice cake or even chocolate cake would be so good!
  • Leave the nuts out or use a different kind if you’d like.
  • Add chocolate chips or cinnamon chips for something different.
piece of coffee cake on a spatula
piece of coffee cake on a spatula

Graham Cracker Coffee Cake

5 from 2 votes
Graham Cracker Coffee Cake starts with a cake mix and has a delicious graham cracker cinnamon streusel. This comforting cake will remind you of home!
Servings 15
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the streusel:

  • 1 ⅓ cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs this is one sleeve of graham crackers (9 whole crackers)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted

For the cake:

  • 1 box butter golden cake mix (15.25 ounce box)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon butter flavored extract
  • Dash of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray.

Make the streusel:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir in the melted butter. Set aside.

Make the cake:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer just until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes longer.
  • Spread ½ of the batter into a greased 9×13 inch pan.
  • Sprinkle on ½ of the streusel mixture. Carefully spread the remaining ½ of the cake batter over the streusel, and sprinkle with the remaining streusel.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Make the frosting:

  • In a small bowl, combine confectioners sugar with vanilla and butter flavoring.
  • Add a few drops of water until you achieve drizzling consistency.
  • Cool slightly, then drizzle with the powdered sugar icing. Best if served warm.
  • Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 372
Keyword breakfast cake, coffee cake

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Could you post recipes using a smaller cake pan such as 8 or 9 inch?
Thank you