Graham Streusel Coffee Cake (Made With Cake Mix)

"This cake tastes even better the next day and freezes well, you may drizzle a glaze on top of the cake after baking if desired --- Do not use the pudding-added cake mix for this."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Set oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish.
  • For the streusel; place the graham crackers in a plastic bag, seal and then roll with a rolling pin until crushed (do not crush until fine) place the crumbs in a bowl.
  • Add in the brown sugar, 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoon melted butter and cinnamon; mix until blended, then add in the pecans or walnuts; set aside.
  • For the cake; in a large bowl beat all cake ingredients together until blended.
  • Pour HALF the cake batter into prepared buttered baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with HALF of the streusel mix evenly over the top of the batter.
  • Then carefully spread the remaining cake batter over streusel.
  • Then top with remaining streusel.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the cake tests done.
  • If desired, drizzle glaze over the top of the cake after baking.

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  1. I made this in mini bundt pans. It took a little longer but I received many requests for the recipe when I gave them to friends. Thanks.
  2. This is a great coffee cake using ingredients on hand. I didn't have vanilla pudding so I used the butterscotch pudding I had. It worked fine - I imagine any flavor would work. Also, I used graham cracker crumbs and was pleased with them too. Nuts in the streusel would be yummy. This was tasty warmed up in the microwave two days later. Great recipe!
  3. Was looking for something to make with a cake mix I had bought and found this. Sounded interesting because it used graham crackers. Followed the directions exactly and wow -what a surprise . . . wonderful, moist, yummy cake . . . my husband keeps taking pieces to the office for dessert after lunch! This cake will become a regular at our house!
  4. This was very good. I used the rolling pin and crushed a 1/2 cup of pecans very fine as we don't like huge nut chunks. I may add just a bit more brown sugar next time to tweek it to my sweet tooth. Even my dh who isn't a cake person liked this. Thanks!
  5. Y_U_M_M_Y!!! I have to say it was better than I had expected. Made personal alterations, as I do with most cakes, but this is a real find, thanks for sharing. :)


  1. Can you say rich? I'll start with the streusel. I used cinnamon grahams therefore I cut the cinnamon amount in half. I also used Heath toffee bits instead of the nuts as my family is not enamored with nuts. I think next time I could leave out the extra 3T of butter and it would be just fine as the streusel was very moist. As always I have issues trying to get just half the batter into the pan and overdo it. But I am glad I did as alot of the streusel sunk to the bottom anyway. I used French vanilla cake mix and pudding. The cake is very moist and extremely flavorful. I sent some home with my Dad and he called the next day asking if I would make this for him before he goes up north to his cabin, so when his cronies come over for coffee he has someting to dazzle them with. Thanks for the fantastic recipe.



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