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Crumb Cake Recipe

Moist New York style Crumb Cake with a delicious, thick brown sugar topping! Better than any bakery, you’ll fall in love with this classic breakfast cake recipe!

Two thick slices of crumb cake with powdered sugar on silver plates with white forks. Pan of Crumb cake in background.

New York Style Crumb Cake Recipe

Going to my grandma’s house always meant there would be coffee and an Entenmann’s Crumb Cake served. I loved that cake with the crumbly topping.

What I didn’t love? It was so DRY. And Grandma would send me home with the leftovers, that were dry and tasteless on day 2.

So I made it my mission to recreate that classic Crumb Cake recipe.

Here’s why this one works:

  • Tender, moist cake
  • Thick brown sugar crumble on top
  • Soft crumb, not crunchy- it makes a difference!
  • Freezer friendly recipe

How to Make Crumb Cake

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STEP 1. Make the brown sugar crumb topping. 

Combine the melted butter with the dry ingredients using your hands, until pieces crumble and stick together when pressed.

STEP 2. Make the Cake Batter.

Combine the dry ingredients for the batter. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

Add butter to the batter. Then add the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla, and beat until combined.

Spread batter into pan. A 9-inch square pan is best for this cake.

STEP 3. Add crumb topping to the top of the cake. 

Pinch pieces of the crumb topping in your hand and drop them on the cake batter. You’ll want some larger pieces mixed with smaller crumbs.

STEP 4. Bake. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 45 minutes. Cool in pan before serving.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving (after cooling).

Can you Freeze Breakfast Cakes

Yes! My favorite way to freeze this cake is wrap slices individually in parchment paper, then slide them into a ziploc freezer bag.

Thaw at room temperature overnight.

Serve Crumb Cake warm by placing in the microwave for 15 seconds per slice!

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Tips for Cake success

  1. Buttermilk: I love the tang of buttermilk in baked goods. You can swap it out for sour cream or plain Greek yogurt if you prefer. Do NOT use anything low-fat.
  2. Softened Butter: To keep the batter thick, but smooth, start with softened, room temperature butter.
  3. FRESHNESS. Avoid dry cake by storing in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Heat slices in microwave for 15 seconds before serving for extra flavor!
Pan of New York style Crumb Cake with powdered sugar.

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Yield: 12 servings

Crumb Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Moist New York style Crumb Cake with a delicious, thick brown sugar topping! Better than any bakery, you’ll fall in love with this classic breakfast cake recipe!

Ingredients

Crumble topping

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

Cake

  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • powdered sugar, for topping

Instructions

    1. For the crumble topping, combine the melted butter with the dry ingredients using your hands, until pieces crumble and stick together when pressed. Set aside.
    2. For the cake batter, in a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
    3. Add butter to the batter. Then add the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla, and beat until combined.
    4. Spread batter into a 9-inch greased and floured baking dish (or use my homemade cake release).
    5. Add crumb topping to the top of the cake. Pinch pieces of the crumb topping in your hand and drop them on the cake batter. You’ll want some larger pieces mixed with smaller crumbs.
    6. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 45 minutes. Cool in pan before serving.
    7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving (after cooling).

Notes

  1. Buttermilk: I love the tang of buttermilk in baked goods. You can swap it out for sour cream or plain Greek yogurt if you prefer. Do NOT use anything low-fat.
  2. Softened Butter: To keep the batter thick, but smooth, start with softened, room temperature butter.
  3. FRESHNESS. Avoid dry cake by storing in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Heat slices in microwave for 15 seconds before serving for extra flavor!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Thick and moist Crumb Cake is a New York-style classic breakfast cake recipe. Easy to make, you’ll love this delicious treat.

Aimee

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Posted on February 12, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. When I was growing up my Dad always bought Entenmanns crumb cake. We loved it. But I agree with you it was dry. I look forward to making your recipe.

  2. Growing up there was a sweet Lady who lived down the street from me
    She was the neighborhood Gramma and she use bake a crumb cake
    I lost the recipe but, reading your recipe brings back delicious memories.

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