The Easiest Coffee Cake

When I was a kid, my mother sometimes made a Bisquick coffee cake from the recipe on the box on weekend mornings. It must have been pretty simple because she didn’t really do a lot of baking. At least, she’s not crazy-obsessed like I am. Compulsive baking must come from my father’s side.

So this morning, when I realized that it was already ten and I hadn’t had breakfast yet, I did what any normal person would do and I made coffee cake.

What? Normal people don’t do that?


In my defense, we’re out of bread (so there’s some in the bread machine), we’re out of granola (which is on the to-do list for later in the day) and my container of yogurt was somehow expired so it was either make something or eat potato chips.

Since my store brand box of baking mix didn’t have the coffee cake recipe on the side, I went ahead and Googled up a recipe, landing on this one.

Um, maybe it was the store brand baking mix, but this recipe was seriously broken. I had to add an additional 1/3 cup of milk before it formed anything other than a powdery mess. The topping also needed an additional tablespoon of butter. And 45 minutes of baking time. Thus, my revised version.

The Easiest Coffee Cake
Adapted from

2 c. Bisquick or other baking mix
1 c. milk
2 tbsp. sugar
2 c. frozen mixed berries, rinsed and drained
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 inch square pan with cooking spray. Mix above ingredients except berries. Spread in pan. Sprinkle berries evenly over batter. Put topping over berries.


1/3 c. Bisquick or other baking mix
1/3 c. sugar
2 tbsp. cold butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix topping ingredients until crumbly, smushing with fingers. Sprinkle over berries. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Test with a cake tester or toothpick. Eat (all of it yourself). Serve while warm.

Mine took 45 minutes to bake, but 5 minutes to come together. So simple. Seriously, this is what you make when you remember at 7 AM that you were supposed to bring something for coffee hour at church at 9 AM. EASY.

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