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Funeral Food: Streusel Coffee Cake

Streusel Coffee Cake is a recipe that feeds a crowd.  Around these parts we call these dishes “funeral food.”

You know what I mean.

Funeral food is food you make to feed a crowd that doesn’t need much tending; it’s the kind of dish you put out on a buffet table and forget about.

Comfort food.  Food that’s not particularly healthy (kind of ironic, right?), yet insanely delicious.  Food that mutes your pain for a second or two and brings a bit of cheer in a bad situation.

Streusel Coffee Cake was made for that kind of moment.  Or a great potluck or brunch.  Versatile!

Husband’s aunt made a pan of this coffee cake for a family function when I was just learning how to bake and it became my go-to for many occasions.  My favorite way to eat it is right out of the oven with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream. Oh, momma.

Streusel Coffee Cake

Even though I’m an experienced baker now, there are times I make this dish when I’m thinking about Husband’s Aunt Jane.  She was as unexpectedly delightful as this cake.

Streusel Coffee Cake


  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • 1 package yellow cake mix*
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 can fruit filling (if using apple or peach, add 1/2 tsp cinnamon to sugar)
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp white corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Melt butter and cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups dry cake mix (reserve remaining for streusel topping), yeast, flour, eggs and warm water. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Scrape bowl often.
  4. Spread dough in a greased 13x9 pan. Set aside.
  5. In a saucepan with cooled butter, combine reserved cake mix to make topping. Mixture will be crumbly. Set aside.
  6. Spoon pie filling evenly over dough in pan. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. sugar (or sugar and cinnamon mixture).
  7. Sprinkle streusel topping over fruit.
  8. Bake @ 375° for 30 minutes.
  9. Glaze
  10. Combine sugar, syrup and water. Drizzle over warm cake.
  11. E-A-T!


* Always use a Deluxe Cake mix, never one with a pudding mix.

* Optional Glaze* Omit corn syrup and water. Substitute 1 tbsp heavy cream. Add cream slowly to find the consistency you want.

Have guests in the house?  Have folks in need of a some happiness?  Don’t have a funeral to attend or bake for, but now you’re hungry?

Get to it, my babies.

Happy baking!

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