Ultimate Crumb Cake

Ultimate Crumb Cake ~ This is a velvety smooth cake perfected by America's Test Kitchen to resemble the original crumb cake brought to New York by German immigrants.  It's a sturdy cake with a crumb topping that is not overly sweet, delicious warm or cold, and is perfect eaten alongside a cup of herbal tea or your favorite hot beverage {my hubby likes it with milk}.

This is a velvety smooth cake perfected by America’s Test Kitchen to resemble the original crumb cake brought to New York by German immigrants. Β It’s a sturdy cake with a crumb topping thatΒ is not overly sweet, delicious warm or cold, and is perfect eaten alongside a cup of herbal tea or your favorite hot beverage {my hubby likes it with milk}.

Recipe Note: Don’t substitute all-purpose flour for the cake flour. Β Using all-purpose flour will make a dry, tough cake.Β 

Ultimate Crumb Cake

Ultimate Crumb Cake

Ingredients

    Crumb Topping
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-3/4 cups cake flour
  • Cake
  • 1-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened but still cool
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Make a foil sling for a 9x9 inch baking dish by folding 2 long sheets of aluminum foil and lay the sheets in the dish perpendicular to each other, with extra foil hanging over edges of dish. Push the foil into the corners and up the sides of dish, smoothing the foil flush to the dish. Then spray the foil sling with cooking spray.
  2. Crumb topping
  3. Whisk the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter together in a medium bowl to combine.
  4. Add the flour and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until mixture resembles a thick, cohesive dough.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Cake
  7. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt on low speed until combined.
  8. With the mixer running, add the butter. Continue to beat until the mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no visible butter chunks remaining {1-2 minutes}.
  9. Add the egg and yolk, buttermilk, and vanilla and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy {about 1 minute}, scraping down bowl as needed.
  10. Transfer the batter to the prepared dish. Using a rubber spatula, spread the batter in the baking dish.
  11. Using your fingers, crumble the topping over the batter.
  12. Bake 35-40 minutes, until the crumbs are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  13. Let the cake cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.
  14. Using the foil overhang, lift the cake out of the dish.

Notes

Recipe Note: Don't substitute all-purpose flour for the cake flour. Using all-purpose flour will make a dry, tough cake.

http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/ultimate-crumb-cake/

Adapted from here.

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23 Responses to Ultimate Crumb Cake

  1. Leilani May 31, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe AND the memory of that Seinfeld episode about Drake’s Coffee Cake. haha πŸ™‚

    • Lori June 4, 2013 at 3:13 am #

      Leilani ~ That’s so funny. I wasn’t ever a Seinfeld fan but my hubby was {and is} so I asked him if he knew of that episode and he said he didn’t. I guess I’ll have to get it from Netflix for him to watch.

  2. Nicole June 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    What a great recipe! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back. Nicole

    • Lori June 4, 2013 at 3:11 am #

      Hi Nicole. I came on over and looked around your blog ~ it looks like you like beauty, too. I’m a new follower. πŸ™‚

  3. Natasha in Oz June 2, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Wow, that looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I’m going to have to see if I can find cake flour now!

    If you have a minute to spare I’d be thrilled if you could link this post up to my weekly Say G’Day Linky party which has just started. This would be a great addition!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Lori June 4, 2013 at 3:08 am #

      Thanks, Natasha. I’m coming on over to link up.

  4. Tonya June 3, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck!!!! Your yummy recipe came up as we decided on favorites for the week, but we cannot share anyone that hasn’t linked back. Soooo, in the future, if you would be so kind to link back to Weekend Potluck at the end of each post you share, we will be able to feature you!
    THANK YOU!!!
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons πŸ™‚

    • Lori June 4, 2013 at 2:53 am #

      Thank you for your consideration of my Ultimate Crumb Cake for a feature. I have your Weekend Potluck listed on my Link Parties page under the About Me tab in the main navigation area.

  5. Heather June 4, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    This looks delicious! I love coffee cake! And my husband loves Seinfeld too πŸ™‚ I would love for you to share this at what i am eating http://www.townsend-house.com/2013/05/what-i-am-eating-30.html

    • Lori June 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      πŸ™‚ I’ll come check out your link party. Thanks for stopping by, Heather.

  6. Hope June 4, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Oh that looks so yummy. Gotta try it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lori June 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Hope. Let me know if you try it. πŸ™‚

  7. Foodie in WV June 4, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    This looks great, I love the crumbly top!

    • Lori June 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      I with you… the crumb top finishes it off perfectly. I could eat it alone!

  8. Megan Colwell June 4, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Oh my goodness this looks delicious! I’m so happy you stopped by my FB page over at The Nautical Owl. I love your blog and I’m happy to be your newest follower πŸ™‚

    • Lori June 4, 2013 at 11:07 am #

      Aww… thanks, Megan. I like your blog, too.

  9. Ally June 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I love crumb cake! And I love recipes that use cake flour.. I feel that any recipe that uses that has to be delicious! I also love the title of your blog, such a cute name!

    Ally

    • Lori June 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      I’m with you on the cake flour, Ally. I don’t use it often enough though, but when I do I sure do love the results. Thanks for the compliment on my blog name ~ it made my day. πŸ™‚ I’m coming over to your blog to see what good things you create.

  10. Crystal June 7, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    One of my favorites! Looks incredible! Found you via the Family Fun link party! Feel free to link up at our party, too!

    http://mommifried.com/ladies-only-blog-share-link-party-dedicated-to-dad/

    • Lori June 8, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks for the invite, Crystal. I’ll come check out your party.

  11. Miz Helen June 11, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Jocelyn March 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    I made this for brunch today, and it is delicious! It is the perfect sweetness and texture. Thank you.

    • Lori March 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

      Thanks, Jocelyn, for giving me some feedback. I really appreciate it and I’m so glad you liked it.

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