New York-Style Crumb Cake

Do you like crumb cake? Do you like stuff that taste really great but is horribly unhealthy for you? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions then this is the cake for you!  While I wouldn’t recommend eating this whole cake yourself  it a great one slice indulgence.  The cake layer is tender and the topping is sweet and full of cinnamon flavor.  I swear I thought I was in cake heaven. This cake would also make a fantastic addition to your Easter brunch or dessert buffet.  Give it a whirl….you just might fall in love 🙂



New York-Style Crumb Cake


For Topping:
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, warm
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

For Cake:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Source: Epicurious


For topping:
Mix both sugars, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl and whisk to blend. Add warm melted butter and stir to blend. Add flour and toss with fork until moist clumps form (topping mixture will look slightly wet). Set aside.

For cake:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat room-temperature butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla extract and beat just until blended. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, beating just until incorporated after each addition. Transfer cake batter to prepared baking dish; spread batter evenly with rubber spatula or offset spatula. Squeeze small handfuls of topping together to form small clumps. Drop topping clumps evenly over cake batter, covering completely (topping will be thick).Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean and topping is deep golden brown and slightly crisp, about 1 hour. Cool cake in dish on rack at least 30 minutes.

DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool completely. Cover and let stand at room temperature.Cut cake into squares and serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

14 Responses to “New York-Style Crumb Cake”

  1. #
    Faith — April 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Brandy! I’m happy to be home and finally catching up on my blog reading — and you know how much I missed you! 😉 Your crumb cake looks pretty fantastic, perfectly moist and full of flavor!

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    Erica — April 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Look at that thick layer of crumb! YUM! My Mom used to either get us or make us a crumb cake as a special treat when we were little- such great and delicious memories 🙂

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    Jessica — April 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Oh my goodness…what a delicious looking cake! It sounds amazing with all of the cinnamon, which is one of my favorites:) Great job!

  4. #
    Joanne — April 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    There is nothing like brunching on a good NY crumb cake. and this one looks perfect to a tee!

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    Rachel @ Rachel's Recipes — April 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Wowwwwww. This looks amazing. It looks so moist! Three and a half sticks of butter? No big deal! 🙂

  6. #
    EmandM — April 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    YUM! sounds oh so delicious =)

  7. #
    Dana — April 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Can I just eat a whole bowl of that crumb topping?? Yum!

  8. #
    Barbara — April 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I’m sure I could fall in love with this one!

  9. #
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  10. #
    Cakelaw — April 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    This does look like cake heaven!

  11. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — April 26, 2011 at 5:30 am

    The cake does look very inviting. I think it may be hard to stop at just one slice. 😉

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    grace — April 26, 2011 at 6:15 am

    i’d say i like crumb cake, but a more accurate statement would be that i like crumb. 🙂

  13. #
    Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd — April 28, 2011 at 3:55 am

    I love simple coffee cakes, I had the most perfect one from Baked in Brooklyn the other day and I almost died.

  14. #
    Margaret — November 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I’m baking it this afternoon for my Mary Kay unit members
    Sounds easy and yummy.

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