Derinda’s Kid-Friendly Coffee Cake

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Coffeecake Derinda’s way

The following people may be affected beneficially by this recipe:

  • Picky eaters
  • Harried cooks
  • Beginner cooks
  • Night owls (You can make it the night before)
  • People who like sweets with their morning coffee
  • Sentimental members of my family who have eaten breakfast at my sister’s house

This family recipe comes from my niece, Derinda. She describes it as “the coffeecake Mom always made on Saturday when I was a kid. Now my kids LOVE it. I like it because I can prepare it at night, put it in the fridge, and cook it in the morning. It is adapted from the Bisquick box recipe.” Thanks Derinda for sharing.

Note the original recipe includes no nuts, chocolate or unusual spices or flavorings making it perfect for kids or people with allergies. I added pecans (1/4 cup) and chopped semi-sweet chocolate (1-2 ounces) to the cake pictured below and it was delicious! I can only imagine what it would taste like with almonds, chopped candy bars, butterscotch chips, etc.

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Coffeecake with pecans and chopped chocolate

If you want your cake to have deep valleys full of cinnamon-sugar-buttery-goodness like you see in the first picture, make the topping like Derinda does. Melt the butter and stir with a spoon. Drop it over the dough.

If you prefer a more even topping, do it like her mother, Kay. Cut cold butter into sugar-Bisquick mixture with a fork or rub it together with your fingers then sprinkle evenly over the dough.

D's coffeecake

Topping Kay’s way

Note to my friends who think I never use a mix: Sometimes there is not enough daylight or energy for baking from scratch no matter how much you want to. Thank goodness for baking mixes in those times. Besides, it’s the way this family tradition has always been made

Derinda's Kid-Friendly Coffee Cake
Recipe type: Quick Breads, Breakfast
Serves: 1 8 or 9-inch cake
  • 1-1/3 cup Bisquick
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • ½ cup cold milk
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup Bisquick
  • ¼ cup melted or cold butter (See Third Step)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 8 or 9-inch round layer pan. (Square will also work.)
  2. Stir together Bisquick and sugar in medium bowl. In separate bowl, melt butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. (I use a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup). Add milk and egg to butter and whisk well. Combine liquids with Bisquick and stir just until mixed. Spread in prepared pan. Don't worry if there doesn't seem to be enough batter. The topping adds a lot.
  3. Mix sugar. cinnamon and Bisquick with melted butter and distribute evenly over the top of batter in the pan. OR mix sugar, cinnamon and Bisquick together with a fork. Cut butter into dry ingredients with a fork or your fingers and sprinkle over batter in the pan.
  4. Bake until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. 13-14 minutes if using 9-inch pan; 20-21 minutes if using 8-inch pan.
  5. Serve warm.
May be mixed the night before, covered and refrigerated before baking in the morning. Add a few extra minutes to baking time.


Other family favorites for breakfast…

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

My Cinnamon Rolls

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheryl December 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

This looks wonderful! I have one quick question, please. I only have a new wave oven, which the baking temperature only goes to 350°. Is it at all possible I can make this at that temperature, cooking with a silicone cake pan? I sure hope so. The maximum heat precludes me from many recipes. I really hope so.


Paula December 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm

It’s worth a try.


Tramadol November 10, 2010 at 6:54 am

Looks very tasty. I will try to make it


Katd October 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Oh.My.Gosh! This looks so yummy and sounds so easy.!



Raymeds October 20, 2010 at 3:58 am

Amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe..
The pics are superb, makes me feel hungry..
Yummy delicious cake…my favorite..



Jeannette September 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

this looks amazing. my picky-as-all-get-out fiance miiiiight even eat this!! i don’t have bisquick but i have pancake mix… i wonder if that’ll work just as well.


Katrina September 29, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Love coffee cake and that does look delicious. So many possibilities.


CookingOnADime September 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Awesome pictures and a very yummy looking cake!


SamRx September 28, 2010 at 5:13 am

When i saw that recipe than it make me hungry! I like that Coffee Cake. Thanks for share that recipe.


Tyler Hastings September 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Making me hungry! I will have to get Ann to make this sometime.


articlesbook September 27, 2010 at 6:34 am

I love coffee cake. Especially Starbucks. its really moist and sweet. You had done nice work to provide Recipe for Coffee Cake…………Thanks a lot


Nikki September 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Coffee cake is delicious!
Thank you for sharing the recipe.


LimeCake September 26, 2010 at 5:13 am

i love a good coffee cake. this looks delicious!


sis September 24, 2010 at 7:07 am

Thanks for the memories! All the kids in the neighborhood loved this coffee cake.
By the way, when they came out with the individual packets of Bisquick, we adapted the original recipe, so one packet just fits this recipe.
As always, great job with your pictures.


Betty @ scrambld hen fruit September 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I love things I can make the night before to bake in the morning. This looks so good. No picky eaters here, so I’d add everything!


Jaime September 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

i never knew about the difference in the toppings, interesting! i’ve always cut the butter in.

re: dorie’s cooking class…. you could always cancel the Ft Worth class and sign up for the Dallas one 🙂 there is no penalty this far out. there are a few other bloggers who will be at the Dallas one too! plus it is even more special because Oct 24th is her birthday!! 🙂


Paula October 1, 2010 at 6:45 am

Great idea, Jaime


TheKitchenWitch September 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

Very nice! We have nut-averse, picky children who would love this recipe.


Der September 23, 2010 at 8:01 am

You do an amazing job with your pictures!!!!!!!!!!!
I can’t believe I never even thought of chocolate chips or candy bar pieces!….Guess what my kids get to try Saturday morning:+)


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