Bisquick Coffee Cake

This is my go-to coffee cake. It is easy to make, contains few ingredients, and never disappoints.  The secret ingredient in this basic recipe is the old-school ingredient, Bisquick. Growing up, my mom used Bisquick to make dumplings, which she put in her homemade chicken soup.  My older sister reintroduced me to Bisquick several years ago. My sister used Bisquick to make pancakes for her daughter, who has severe food allergies.

Bisquick coffee cake

The Invention of Bisquick

Bisquick is a pre-mixed baking product made up of flour, shortening, salt, and baking powder sold by General Mills.  The back story of Bisquick is rather interesting. Bisquick was developed around 1930 not long after a General Mills executive complimented a chef on a train about his homemade biscuits. The chef had come up with his pre-mixed biscuit batter.

The chef’s mixture consisted of lard, flour, baking powder, and salt.  The chef stored this mixture on ice to keep it fresh. This allowed him to make his biscuits fresh daily, as needed.  Some say the General Mills executive stole the chefs’ idea and created Bisquick, without crediting the trained chef.  The original recipe was adapted slightly, adding oil instead of lard and eliminating the need for refrigeration.  Bisquick was officially introduced in grocery stores in 1931.

Bisquick coffee cake

Entenmanns Crumb Cake

I don’t use Bisquick all that often. Many chefs would never touch the stuff. But I use it in the topping of this recipe, and it works extremely well.  Some people have told me this coffee cake reminds them of something I grew up with Entenmann’s crumb cake, sold in the box with the clear top.  Others, here in Silicon Valley, have compared it to the well-known Hobees’s coffee cake, minus the blueberries.

Bisquick coffee cake

I’m hoping mine is a bit better than either of those!  This coffee cake has the perfect balance;  a moist vanilla cake with a sweet, powdery (thanks to Bisquick) brown sugar crumble topping and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  It is neither sticky nor gooey which many coffee cakes are and it’s great with coffee or a plain cup of milk.

Bisquick coffee cake

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

4 thoughts on "Bisquick Coffee Cake"

  1. Avatar photo Tracy Woelfel says:

    I love this recipe. It was so easy for this baking novice and they were delicious! These babies were the hit of the school bake sale. This will be your go to crumb cake recipe

    1. SO love hearing this Tracy! Very happy you liked this recipe and you are right, super easy to make for a bake sale.

  2. Avatar photo Janelle L McCombs says:

    This coffee cake is delicious and SO easy! We are a family of coffee cake lovers and this one does not disappoint. In fact my 11 year old daughter walked in the house after the cake came out of the oven and said “I don’t know what that is, but YES”. Another perfect hit by Ms. Potischman!

    1. You guys are awesome! Love it. Enjoy!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comment Policy

Simmer + Sauce reserves the right to remove or restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the topic conversation, contain profanity or offensive language, personal attacks, or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Any post found to be in violation of any of these guidelines will be modified or removed without warning. When making a comment on my blog, you grant Simmer + Sauce permission to reproduce your content to our discretion, an example being for a possible endorsement or media kit purposes. If you don’t want your comment to be used for such purposes, please explicitly state this within the body of your comment. If you find evidence of copyright infringement in the comments of, contact me and I will remove that in question promptly.