Try This Delicious Graham Cracker Coffee Cake Recipe Today

Get ready to take your taste buds on a heavenly journey with my latest recipe for Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake! Who doesn’t love a good coffee cake, especially when it’s made with graham crackers? This delectable dessert is perfect for those lazy Sunday brunches or afternoon tea parties with friends and family.

Growing up, I always looked forward to my mom’s famous crumb cakes. It was the perfect treat after a long day at school or just because everyone deserves something sweet every once in a while. My Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake recipe is inspired by her original crumb cake recipe but with an added twist of graham crackers, pecans, and a hint of cinnamon. Trust me, one bite of this cake will have you begging for more!

Whether you’re an experienced baker or just starting, this recipe is easy to follow and bursting with flavor. The aroma of freshly baked cake filling up your kitchen will make even the grumpiest person smile with delight. So grab your apron, preheat your oven, and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake
Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake

Are you looking for a coffee cake recipe that will impress your friends and family? Give this graham cracker (coffee) cake recipe a try, and you won’t regret it. This is not your typical coffee cake recipe. With its unique blend of ingredients, this recipe will leave you craving for more.

When I first tried this recipe, I was blown away by the perfect balance of sweetness and texture. The graham cracker crumbs in the streusel topping add a crunch that complements the tender cake perfectly. The ground cinnamon adds warmth and depth to the flavor profile, making it an ideal option for those who enjoy a spicy kick to their desserts.

If you’re a fan of banana bread or icebox cakes, then this graham cracker (coffee) cake recipe will be right up your alley. It combines the best of both worlds with layers of streusel and graham cracker crust, giving it a unique flavor that you won’t find in any other coffee cake recipe.

One great thing about this coffee cake is that you can easily customize it according to your taste preferences. Looking for a healthier option? Swap out some of the butter for applesauce or Greek yogurt. Want something even more indulgent? Add extra pecans or drizzle caramel sauce on top.

Not only is this graham cracker (coffee) cake delicious, but it’s also easy to make. All you need are basic ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, sour cream, and baking powder – most of which you probably already have in your pantry. And if you’re short on time, you can always use a yellow cake mix instead of making the batter from scratch.

So what are you waiting for? Give this graham cracker (coffee) cake recipe a try and share with your loved ones. You’ll love how easy it is to make and how satisfying each tasty slice is. Trust me; once you try it, you’ll be hooked.

Ingredient List

 A delightful aroma of coffee and cinnamon wafts through the air.
A delightful aroma of coffee and cinnamon wafts through the air.

Ingredient List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake Recipe:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (15.25 oz)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup strong coffee, cooled
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

The ingredient list may seem long, but all of them blend perfectly to create a rich and flavorful cake that will impress everyone who tries it. Make sure you have everything on the list before starting to bake!

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect blend of sweetness and spiciness.
The perfect blend of sweetness and spiciness.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

Prepare the cake ingredients first. Combine 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 1 package of yellow cake mix, 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix it all together using a fork.

Crush 1 1/2 cups of graham crackers in a Ziploc bag. Add 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 3/4 cup chopped pecans, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the crushed graham crackers in the Ziploc bag.

Close the bag and roll over with a rolling pin until everything is evenly crushed and mixed together.

Add the graham cracker streusel to the cake mixture that you already prepared. Mix them well with a fork.

Melt 1 cup of butter in a saucepan. Then, add it to the crumb mixture gradually. Stir it with a fork until the mixture is crumbly.

Take out a 9×13 inch baking pan and pour half of the cake mixture into it evenly.

Then, add half of the melted butter on top and spread it out.

Pour the rest of cake mixture as evenly as possible onto the bottom layer that’s already been added to the pan.

Top it off with more melted butter especially near edges to help it crisp up even more.

Lastly, sprinkle graham streusel coffee over everything (use about 2-3 tablespoons).

Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Once done, remove from oven and let it set for at least 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy this delightful streusel coffee cake with your favorite hot drink!

Substitutions and Variations

 This soft and moist coffee cake is a total treat for your taste buds.
This soft and moist coffee cake is a total treat for your taste buds.

There are plenty of ways to adapt this Graham Cracker Coffee Cake recipe to suit your preferences or to experiment with new flavors. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Sour cream: You can replace the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt for a tangy twist.

– Cinnamon: If you’re a fan of cinnamon, you can add more ground cinnamon to the cake batter or the streusel topping.

– Brown sugar: The recipe calls for both granulated and brown sugar, but you can adjust the ratios to your liking. For a deeper flavor, use more brown sugar and less granulated sugar.

– Pecans: If you’re allergic to nuts or prefer a different texture, you can replace the chopped pecans with chopped walnuts or leave them out altogether.

– Graham cracker crumbs: You don’t have to use store-bought graham cracker crumbs if you can’t find them in your local grocery store. You can easily make your own by crushing graham crackers in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin until they turn into fine crumbs.

– Banana: For a fruity variation, slice some ripe bananas over the cake batter before adding the streusel topping. Bake as usual and enjoy a delicious Banana Graham Streusel Coffee Cake!

– Icebox cake: Instead of baking the coffee cake, layer graham crackers and whipped cream in a rectangular dish in alternate layers. Keep it in the fridge overnight until it sets into an icebox cake that is perfect for hot summer days.

Remember that experimenting is part of the fun of baking, so don’t be afraid to mix things up!

Serving and Pairing

 Looking for something to indulge your sweet tooth? You've come to the right place.
Looking for something to indulge your sweet tooth? You’ve come to the right place.

The Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake Recipe is an irresistible dessert that will leave your taste buds craving for more. This scrumptious coffee cake can be served in so many ways, and it pairs well with a variety of beverages. Here are some of my favorite serving and pairing suggestions that I think you’ll love:


– Serve this cake warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, drizzled with caramel sauce.

– Enjoy a slice of this cake on its own for breakfast, or pair it with your favorite fruit salad for a healthy start to your day.

– Cut the cake into bite-sized pieces and serve as finger food at your next party or potluck.


– For an indulgent treat, serve the Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

– If you’re hosting a brunch or afternoon tea, pair this cake with mimosas or bellinis to delight your guests.

– For a unique twist, try pairing this cake with a glass of iced coffee on a hot summer day.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair this delicious Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake Recipe, it’s sure to impress your guests and satisfy any sweet cravings. So go ahead and try out these serving and pairing ideas – you won’t regret it!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Is there anything better than a slice of coffee cake to jumpstart your morning?
Is there anything better than a slice of coffee cake to jumpstart your morning?

This Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake Recipe is perfect for preparing ahead of time, so you can enjoy a slice of homemade cake anytime you want. To make this recipe ahead of time, simply follow the instructions as listed and store the cooled cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

If you’re looking to store the cake for longer, it’s best to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and then place in an airtight container or freezer bag. You can freeze the cake for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat it, just thaw it in the fridge overnight.

When reheating the cake, preheat your oven to 350°F and allow the cake to come to room temperature before placing it in the oven. Reheating may take about 5-10 minutes depending on how much cake is left over. If you’re only reheating a slice or two, consider using a microwave for a quick fix.

Overall, this Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake Recipe is delicious on its own or paired with your favorite cup of coffee. And with its versatility in storage and reheating options, this recipe is perfect for those who love to have their cakes ready whenever they want it!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A little bit of caffeine and a little bit of sugar, who can say no to that?
A little bit of caffeine and a little bit of sugar, who can say no to that?

Now that you have the recipe for this delicious graham cracker coffee cake, let me share with you some tips to ensure perfect results every time.

1. Use room temperature ingredients: Room temperature ingredients mix together better than cold ingredients, resulting in a smoother batter. Take out the butter, eggs and sour cream from the fridge 30 minutes before you start baking.

2. Grease your pan well: Even if your pan is non-stick, make sure to grease it well to make sure that your coffee cake doesn’t stick to the edges.

3. Measure carefully: To achieve the perfect balance of flavors in this recipe, it’s important to measure accurately. Too much of one ingredient can throw off the flavor of the entire coffee cake.

4. Be careful not to overmix: Once you incorporate your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients, be careful not to overmix. Overmixing can result in a dense and tough coffee cake.

5. Don’t skip the streusel topping: The unique addition of graham cracker streusel adds texture and flavor to the coffee cake, giving it a perfect balance of sweetness and crunch.

6. Let it cool down: Allow the coffee cake to cool completely before slicing into it, as this will ensure that all of the flavors have had a chance to settle and develop into a harmonious whole.

By following these simple tips, you can create a perfect graham cracker coffee cake every single time!

Bottom Line

Looking for a tried and tested dessert recipe that will satisfy your sweet cravings? Look no further than the Graham Cracker Coffee Cake recipe.

This coffee cake recipe is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that combines the unique taste of graham crackers with the sweetness of cinnamon streusel. The recipe is versatile, allowing you to add your own personal touch with the use of different ingredients, such as chopped pecans or even banana.

Not only is this coffee cake scrumptious, but it can also be made ahead of time, making it the perfect choice for busy schedules or last-minute dinner parties. And if you’re looking for an impressively easy no-bake dessert, simply substitute the yellow cake mix with icebox cake.

So why not give the Graham Cracker Coffee Cake recipe a try today? With its blend of flavors and ease of preparation, it’s sure to become a family favorite!

Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake

Graham Cracker (Coffee) Cake Recipe

There is no egg in this recipe, so it's more like a coffee cake than a typical cake. From "Beyond Oatmeal: 101 breakfast recipes" by Carlene Duda
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cake
Calories 322.9 kcal


Crumb Mixture

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker, crushed (8 squares)
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F; grease an 8 inch round cake pan and set aside.
  • Crumb mixture: Crush enough graham crackers to have 3/4 cup. Combine all crumb mix ingredients and stir until well blended.
  • Cake: Cream softened butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in vanilla and lemon peel; set aside.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder in medium bowl. Add flour mixture and sour cream alternately to the sugar mixture, beating well after each addition.
  • Spoon half of the batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.
  • Sprinkle 2/3 of crumb mixture evenly over batter. Spoon remaining batter over crumbs and top with remaining crumb mixture.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  • Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 57gCalories: 322.9kcalCarbohydrates: 28.9gProtein: 3.1gFat: 22.2gSaturated Fat: 12.2gCholesterol: 48.3mgSodium: 270.7mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 12.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Weeknight
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