Costco Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix Review

Costco has sold quite a few of Krusteaz’s easy-to-make products over the years. I recently spotted this Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix for the first time and thought I’d give it a try. In the past, I’ve found Krusteaz mixes easy to make and decent but not great tasting. Keep reading to find out how this cinnamon cake turned out.

Sideview image of the Costco Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix box sitting on a table.
Costco Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix.

Other Krusteaz products from Costco are the Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Krusteaz Meyer Lemon Bar Mix, Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread Mix and the Krusteaz Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix.

Top down sideview image of one piece of cinnamon swirl cake served on a white plate.
You can see the cinnamon swirl in the middle.

Location in Store

The mix is located in the baking aisle at Costco, near the flour and chocolate chips. The item number is 1757224.

Top down image of one piece of cinnamon swirl cake served on a white plate beside a fork.
Ready to try!


The cake itself is quite plain. It’s just a basic, moderately sweet cake. It’s light and fluffy. Most of the flavor comes from the topping, which tastes like a mixture of cinnamon and sugar (which is what it looks like too).

Image of the side of the box of mix showing a recipe for a cinnamon berry crumble.
There’s a recipe for a cinnamon berry crumble on the side of the box.

The topping also adds a crunchy sugar texture. The overall combination is pretty much what you’d expect, which is a good thing. If you like cinnamon, you’ll probably like this cake!

Closeup image of a fork with a bite of cinnamon swirl cake on it.
The cake is moist and not too crumbly.

The whole thing ended up being a bit on the crumbly side. I had a couple of pieces kind of fall apart on me, but most were okay. I think the ones that broke were probably from parts where one of my cake layers was on the thin side.

Top down side view image of a slice of cinnamon swirl cake served on a white plate.
The topping is sweet and slightly crunchy.

For how convenient this mix is to make, it’s pretty tasty. I don’t think it’ll surprise anyone as my cake tasted almost exactly like I expected it to, but it definitely didn’t disappoint.

Top down image of all the ingredients needed to make the cinnamon swirl cake, like oil, eggs.
Oil, eggs, water, a bowl and the mix to make the cake.


The box comes with three pouches of cake mix and three topping pouches, costing $10.99 Canadian. I think the price is reasonable considering how convenient it is!

Top down image of three unopened pouches of cake mix and three pouches of topping to make the cake.
The box comes with three pouches of cake mix and topping.


I used my mix to make the basic crumb cake, and it was pretty easy. You can also make muffins from the mix if you prefer. The hardest part about making the crumb cake was layering the batter.

Top down image of a square baking pan with a baked cinnamon swirl cake in it.
Right out of the oven!

It mixed up pretty thick and it didn’t seem like there was quite enough to make nice layers. In fairness, I did use a 9” x 9” pan instead of an 8” x 8” one, so that probably didn’t help.

Image of the preparation and baking instructions for the cinnamon swirl cake from the back of the box.
Prep and baking instructions for the cinnamon swirl cake.

The cake turned out pretty well. I baked it for 45 minutes and that seemed about right. I probably could have pulled it out a few minutes earlier, but it didn’t seem over-baked. Oh, and it made my house smell great. That’s a nice bonus.

Image of the instructions for the cinnamon swirl muffins from the back of the box.
Instructions for the cinnamon swirl muffins.

The box has a best-before date that’s a year and four months from when I purchased it. You do need to have an egg and vegetable oil to make the cake as well.

Image of the bottom layer of cake batter in a square pan before adding the topping.
The bottom layer of batter before the topping.



A quarter cup of cake mix and one and a half tablespoons of topping contains 170 calories, three grams of fat, 36 grams of carbohydrates, one gram of fibre, 23 grams of sugar, one gram of protein and 240 milligrams of sodium.

Image of the cake batter prepared in a square pan with topping on it before going in the oven.
Before baking.

I had already assumed the cake was high in calories, sugar and carbohydrates so I’m not surprised.

Image of the nutrition facts for the cake from the back of the box.
Nutrition facts.


There are many unhealthy ingredients but I wouldn’t expect it to be any different since this is a cake mix! Ingredients I don’t love seeing are sugar, soybean oil, palm oil and “natural flavour”. The cinnamon swirl cake mix contains wheat and may contain egg, milk, soy and tree nuts.

Image of the ingredients for the cake from the back of the box.


Taste: 7.5/10

Cost: 8.5/10

Convenience: 8/10

Nutrition: 0/10


Give it a try!

This isn’t nearly as good as homemade coffee cake or cinnamon swirl cake but it’s still tasty and very convenient! If you have a last-minute coffee guest or need to bring something to a book club, this works well!

Have you tried the Costco Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake? What did you think of it?

Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. This product was purchased by Costcuisine for the purpose of producing this review. The opinions in this review are strictly those of Costcuisine. Costcuisine is not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. In the event that Costcuisine receives compensation for a post from the manufacturer of a product or some other third party, the arrangement will be clearly disclosed (including where the manufacturer of a product provides Costcuisine with a free sample of the product).

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2 thoughts on “Costco Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix Review”

  1. I have bought this several times over the years and usually pick this up in WA State (more Krusteaz options than in Canada). I find the sugar/cake ratio VERY sweet and too much so I always use 1/2 the sugar packet as the topping only and do not layer as instructed. You still get the crunch and cinnamon flavour but on a far lesser scale of sugar intake. I do this for a cake, loaf or muffins and all turned out great.

  2. I bought the mix as I needed to bake for a group event. I mixed up 1 batch as muffins to try it. It made 12 good size muffins which we found were too sweet. For the bulk baking I mixed the 2 pack and added 1 more lg egg and 1 cup all purpose flour with 3/4 tsp baking powder. The result yields 30 muffins, which were not too sweet and were nice and moist, not crumbly. I will purchase this mix again, and will continue to add the extra e/flour/bakgpwdr


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