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Kid-Friendly Coffee Cake: So Simple the Kids Can Help Make It

For night-owls or early birds:  Mix up this Kid-Friendly Coffee Cake the night before and bake it the next morning. Or, whip it up after you drink your morning coffee and bake immediately. Delicious either way!

Kid-Friendly Coffee Cake sliced to eat
Make it the night before and bake in the morning.

The following people may be affected beneficially by this Coffee Cake:

  • 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.”

Thanks, Derinda for sharing.

Sliced Kid-Friendly Coffeecake

Note the original recipe includes no nuts, chocolate or unusual spices or flavorings making it perfect for kids or people with allergies.

HOWEVER…(it’s hard to leave well enough alone)

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.

Two ways to distribute the cinnamon-sugar topping:


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 as 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.

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 we’ve always made this family tradition

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    Yield: 8 servings

    Derinda's Kid-Friendly Coffee Cake

    Derinda's Kid-Friendly Coffee Cake

    Kid-Friendly Coffee Cake uses Bisquick base with no nuts or unusual spices. Can be prepared the night before and cooked in the morning if desired.

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 25 minutes


    • 1-1/3 cup Bisquick
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 2 teaspoons melted butter
    • 1/2 cup cold milk
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/3 cup Bisquick
    • 1/4 cup softened 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 softened 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.

    Nutrition Information:


    8 servings

    Serving Size:

    1 serving

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 529mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 4g

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    Kid-Friendly Coffee Cake was adapted from a recipe on the back of the Bisquick box.

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    Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

    i use my bread machine mostly for rising the dough,,,then I do it needing with my hands, to get better effect.. no I never tried to baked bread in my bread machine only cake..i love to but I must need lots of experiment and practice thank you so much


    Thursday 23rd of July 2020

    Hi florB,

    Your bread machine will normally do a very good job of kneading the bread, better than most people can do by hand. I have never tried to make a cake in my bread machine so you have one up on me. Thanks for writing.


    Tuesday 8th of August 2017

    What an amazing mouth watering recipe. I just love eating cakes. I got another recipe for my cake list; I am definitely going to try this.


    Wednesday 14th of December 2016

    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.


    Thursday 15th of December 2016

    It's worth a try.


    Wednesday 10th of November 2010

    Looks very tasty. I will try to make it


    Saturday 23rd of October 2010

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

    Hugs, Kat