Crumb Cake

04.15.2015

The world needs more crumb cake. I mean how could your day go wrong if you start it out with a piece of this dreamy and decadent, over-the-top Crumb Cake? How I wish I could have this every day for breakfast.

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You’ll love then generous layer of crisp, buttery, cinnamon laden crumbs atop that pillowy-soft, moist cake that’s swirled with notes of vanilla and an ever so light tang from the sour cream. This is one of my favorite breakfast cakes, like ever. I’m a crumbaholic. If it has crumbs I need it, and this is overloaded with them to the max! I just love the contrast of a fluffy cake next to a dense crumbly crumb.

Last year I attempted several times to make a crumb muffin and it just never worked for me because the crumbs would either end up swallowed up by the muffin or all spread out to the edges (which made since because I never used a super tall cupcake liner to keep everything intact). Luckily, things worked out much better in cake form. This cake turned out to be the best crumb cake I’ve ever had and I already can’t wait to make it again!

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Crumb Cake

4.7 from 13 votes

Yield: About 9 servings

Ingredients

Crumbs

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp (160g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (74g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (72g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter, melted

Cake

  • 1 cup (143g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp (2.5 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (109g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) milk
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking dish then line with two sheets of parchment, butter parchment (alternately you can just butter and lightly flour the dish if you don't care to lift out the whole cake).
  2. For the crumbs:
  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour in melted butter (use a spatula to scrape out any excess) and stir to combine. Slowly add flour while mixing with a wooden spoon or spatula, and mix until no streaks of flour remain. Set aside to rest while cake batter is prepared.
  4. For the cake:
  5. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  6. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. In liquid measuring cup used to measure milk, whisk together sour cream with milk. Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend just until combined, then add 1/2 of the milk mixture and mix just until combined. Repeat process once more, then end by mixing in last 1/3 of the flour mixture until nearly combined. Scape down sides and bottom of bowl using a rubber spatula and fold batter to fully incorporate.
  7. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Break crumb mixture into pea size crumbs and drop evenly over batter. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out free of batter and cake doesn't sink when touched in center, about 32 - 35 minutes. Cool in cake pan 10 minutes, then using parchment overhang lift cake from pan and cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
  8. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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79 comments

  • glenna bonderoff: Yummy! Easy to make and very tasty! September 23, 2018 at 9:19am Reply

  • Jamie: This is the best crumb cake I’ve ever eaten. I’ve made it for several family members and they all agree. September 3, 2018 at 8:16am Reply

  • Linda: I just made this today. I already had everything so that was great. It came out very good. My husband and daughter both loved it. Very easy to make. August 24, 2018 at 5:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving 5 stars! August 27, 2018 at 9:59am Reply

  • Ruth: This crumb cake was so good. I added blueberries to one side of the cake and it was delicious. Thanks for sharing. July 13, 2018 at 2:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I love the idea of adding blueberries to these I’ll have to try that next. So glad you enjoyed the recipe Ruth! July 13, 2018 at 10:03pm Reply

  • Trisch: Absolutely FABULOUS!!! I bake it at least once a week, usually 3X or more. Thanks so much for this awesome crumb cake! July 4, 2018 at 6:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! Thanks for commenting! July 6, 2018 at 1:45pm Reply

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