Delicious Coffee Crumb Cake Recipe – Easy & Quick!

Dear coffee lovers,

I am thrilled to share with you my latest recipe for Coffee Crumb Cakes! For true coffee enthusiasts, this is the dessert you’ve been waiting for. Inspired by classic New York crumb cake, my coffee crumb cakes incorporate a rich coffee flavor that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and wake you up at the same time.

These cakes are perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea, or when you just need a pick-me-up. The soft and fluffy cake is topped with the perfect crumbly streusel that adds texture and depth of flavor to each bite. Whether you’re enjoying one by yourself or sharing them with friends and family, these coffee crumb cakes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

As a barista and avid baker myself, I spent countless hours perfecting this recipe to make sure it was not only delicious but also easy to make at home. With a few simple ingredients that are probably already in your pantry, you too can enjoy these coffee crumb cakes in no time.

So why not give it a try? I promise you won’t regret it. Stay tuned for the rest of the recipe article to discover how to make the perfect Coffee Crumb Cakes.


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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Crumb Cakes
Coffee Crumb Cakes

I must say, my dear readers, that this Coffee Crumb Cake Recipe is one of the most delightful cakes that you’ll ever have. It is a simple cake recipe, made with basic ingredients like all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, eggs, and sugar; however, the main difference between this coffee cake and others is its thicker layer of streusel topping. The crumb topping is filled with a perfect blend of cinnamon, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, and vanilla extract, giving it an exquisite taste with every bite.

Not only does this coffee cake crumb have a delectable texture and taste, but it is also incredibly versatile when it comes to serving and pairing options. You can pair it with your morning cup of joe or have it as a dessert with whipped cream or ice cream. It is perfect for both casual gatherings and formal events because of its simple yet elegant design.

If you happen to be in the mood for some experimentation, this recipe has many options for substitutions and variations. For example, if you want something different from the classic New York-style coffee cake crumb topping or are searching for gluten-free alternatives, do not fret. Websites like Sally’s Baking Addiction offer exciting modifications to the classic recipe like Apple Cinnamon Streusel, gluten-free cinnamon rolls, Betty Crocker’s cinnamon coffee cake mix, or even the Entenmann’s Crumb Cake copycat recipe.

In conclusion, trust me when I say that you will absolutely fall in love with this Coffee Crumb Cake Recipe. Its scrumptious taste combined with versatile variation options guaranteed make it an essential addition to your repertoire of recipes.

Ingredient List

“Indulge in these irresistible coffee crumb cakes!”

Ingredients for the Crumb Topping:

  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Ingredients for the Coffee Cake:

  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup sour cream, at room temperature

Additional Ingredients for Cinnamon Coffee Cake:

  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Additional Ingredients for Brown Sugar Cinnamon Coffee Cake:

  • For the topping:
    • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • For the cake:
      • ¾ cup dark brown sugar

Additional Ingredients for New Jersey Crumb Coffee Cake:

  • For the topping:
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 1¾ cups (3.5 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • For the cake:
      • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
      • ¾ cup granulated sugar
      • ½ teaspoon baking soda
      • Pinch of salt
      • Pinch of ground cinnamon
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Additional Ingredients for Entenmann’s-Style Ultimate Crumb Cake:

  • For the topping (Copycat Entenmann’s Crumb Topping):
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 and ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • For the cake:
      • ¼ cup unsalted butter
      • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
      • ½ cup granulated sugar
      • 2 teaspoons baking powder
      • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
      • 1 large egg, at room temperature
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Additional Ingredients for Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake:

  • For the topping:
    • ¾ cup almond meal
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • Pinch of salt
    • For the cake:
      • 2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum
      • ⅓ cup brown or coconut sugar
      • 4 tablespoons melted butter
      • 1 egg
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The Recipe How-To

“These crumb cakes are the perfect treat for coffee lovers.”

Now that you have all the ingredients at hand, it’s time to start making these irresistible coffee crumb cakes!

Step 1: Make the Crumb Topping

The first step is to make the crumb topping. In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, dark brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt with your fingertips until there are no large lumps. Add the melted unsalted butter and vanilla extract and mix everything together until small and large clumps form. Set it aside.

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

Next, start mixing the dry ingredients for the cake. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

Step 3: Mix Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: eggs, melted and cooled unsalted butter, and some more vanilla extract.

Step 4: Combine Dry and Wet Mixtures

Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and mix everything together gently until all the dry ingredients are moistened.

Step 5: Layer Your Cake

Grease a baking dish with oil or butter. Place ½ of the cake mix in it then cover this layer with some of your crumb topping (Note: if you would like more crumb topping, save some for later!)

and repeat for another layer.

Step 6: Bake Your Cake!

Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy your delicious coffee crumb cakes, either eaten by themselves or paired with your favorite coffee or tea!

Substitutions and Variations

“Just one bite and you’ll be hooked on these coffee-infused crumb cakes.”

There are various ways to customize this coffee crumb cake recipe to fit your unique taste preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Apple Cinnamon Streusel: Replace the brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping with an apple cinnamon streusel. Mix ¾ cup of all-purpose flour, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1 stick of unsalted butter until crumbly. Add in 1 chopped apple and sprinkle on top of the cake batter before baking.

– Gluten-Free: Substitute the all-purpose flour with your choice of gluten-free flour blend, and add 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum to help bind the ingredients.

– Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake: Add 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon to the cake batter, and swirl it around with a toothpick or knife for a cinnamon roll effect. Top with the brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping.

– Copycat Entenmann’s Crumb Cake: Use this recipe to make a classic New York-style crumb cake that tastes just like the ones from Entenmann’s bakery. Follow the instructions as written, but use 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and omit the baking soda.

– Betty Crocker-Style: For those who want an easier option, try using a box mix such as Betty Crocker’s Cinnamon Crumb Cake mix, which requires only a few ingredients and minimal effort.

No matter what variation you choose, these coffee crumb cakes will be sure to satisfy your cravings for a delicious baked treat that pairs perfectly with your morning coffee or tea.

Serving and Pairing

“Take your taste buds on a journey with the combination of coffee and cake.”

Coffee crumb cake is a delightful treat that can be served in a variety of ways. One of the best things about this cake is that you can serve it either as a dessert or as a breakfast item. This versatility makes it perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a fancy brunch or a simple midweek treat.

When serving the coffee crumb cake for breakfast or brunch, you may want to pair it with your favorite fresh fruits, like sliced strawberries or blackberries, and top them with whipped cream. You can also warm up the cake for a few seconds in the microwave before serving to enhance its flavors.

As a dessert, coffee crumb cake makes an excellent addition to any dessert platter. It pairs perfectly with ice cream, caramel sauce, or even some fresh whipped cream. And if you want to add an extra layer of decadence, try drizzling some melted chocolate over the top of the crumb cake and let it harden before serving.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try pairing your coffee crumb cake with some specialty coffee drinks. A classic cappuccino, latte or flat white pairs well with this coffee-flavored cake, but if you want something extra special, try brewing up an espresso shot and pouring it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Overall, there are many creative ways to serve and pair your coffee crumb cake. Letting your imagination run wild will give you more options than you might think!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Start your morning off on the right foot with these yummy crumb cakes.”

Now that you have baked these mouthwatering Coffee Crumb Cakes, you may be wondering how to store them properly. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. These cakes can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

If you plan to make these in advance, simply wrap them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat the cake, just pop it in the oven at 350°F for a few minutes until it is warm and crispy, but not overcooked.

The crumb topping tends to soften after a day or two but you can revive it by reheating the cake in the oven, or for a quicker option microwave for 10-15 seconds. Keep in mind that microwaving may make the cake slightly soggy due to the moisture.

For storing leftover crumb cake, keep it tightly covered on a plate or in an airtight container so that it stays fresh. You can be also creative with the leftovers and turn them into a delectable sundae by adding ice cream and toppings like fudge sauce or whipped cream.

Now that you know how to properly store and reheat these tasty Coffee Crumb Cakes, there’s no reason not to bake them frequently. Enjoy them with your favorite cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate – they’ll be absolutely amazing!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Experience the heavenly aroma of fresh brewed coffee and warm, moist cake.”

To achieve perfect results for this Coffee Crumb Cakes Recipe, I have a few useful tips to share. After all, our goal is to create a delightfully fluffy cake with a mouthwatering crumb topping.

First, ensure that your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them. The butter and eggs especially should not be cold as it can affect the texture of your cake. Take them out of the refrigerator and allow them to sit on the kitchen counter for at least two hours prior to baking.

Second, for an even crumb texture, mix the crumb ingredients less than you think you should. Overmixing can result in a tough, tight topping that is not nearly as enjoyable as a soft and delicate crumble.

Third, when measuring the flour for the cake portion of this recipe, use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup and level off with a flat edge of a knife. This ensures that you don’t overpack your measuring cup with flour, which could lead to an excessively dense cake.

Fourth, it is important to follow the recipe directions regarding baking powder and baking soda. Using too much or too little will impact the cake’s structure and density.

Lastly, always preheat your oven before baking any cake. This guarantees that your coffee cake will cook evenly throughout while also ensuring that your crumb topping remains crisp and golden brown.

If you follow these tips carefully, you’ll end up with an outstanding Coffee Crumb Cake that beats any store-bought alternative!


Now that you have all the information about these irresistible coffee crumb cakes, you might have some doubts or questions about the recipe. Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about making these delicious treats.

What is the difference between coffee cake and crumb cake?

These two cakes can be differentiated by their streusel toppings. The crumb cake is loaded with a generous amount of streusel topping compared to the coffee cake. It’s worth mentioning that coffee cake can also be prepared without streusel topping. Additionally, there’s another variant of crumb cake known as New York-style crumb cake that boasts larger crumbs.

What’s the difference between coffee cake and streusel?

When it comes to crumb cake and coffee cake, the key difference lies in the amount of streusel topping used. Crumb cake is known for having a heftier layer of streusel compared to coffee cake, and coffee cake doesn’t necessarily require the use of streusel topping.

What is coffee cake crumble made of?

The topping made from flour, sugar, and butter, often known as crumble, streusel or crumb topping is a commonly used ingredient in muffins, cakes, and pies.

What is the crumb on crumb cake made of?

To create the perfect crumb topping, you’ll require just four simple ingredients: sugar, cinnamon, flour, and butter.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Coffee Crumb Cakes are a delightful treat for coffee and cake lovers alike. They are easy to make and require only simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. The crumb topping adds a delicious crunch while the moist cake base is perfectly balanced with just the right amount of sweetness.

Whether you’re looking for a classic New York-style crumb cake or a twist like apple-cinnamon streusel, there’s no shortage of variations to explore. And if you’re looking for a gluten-free option, Sally’s Baking Addiction has got you covered with her recipe.

So why not try making these Coffee Crumb Cakes for your next gathering or for a cozy weekend morning at home? Better yet, surprise your loved ones with a copycat Entenmann’s or Betty Crocker version and see their eyes light up with delight.

I hope this recipe and guide have been helpful in inspiring you to create a delicious coffee cake of your own. Remember to follow the tips and substitutions provided to achieve perfect results every time. Happy baking!

Coffee Crumb Cakes

Coffee Crumb Cakes Recipe

This luscious look alike taste just like the old school fave that inspired it - only better because it's homemade! I found this recipe in Family Circle magazine. I have not tried this recipe, but I'm posting it for safe keeping. I plan to use Splenda for the sugar.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 coffee cakes
Calories 301.5 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  • Heat oven to 350. Coat 12 muffin cups with nonstick spray and dust with flour.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-size bowl. Whisk to blend. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and continue beating until smooth. Add flour mixture alternating with milk until just blended. Stir in vanilla.
  • Divide batter evenly among indents of prepared pan (about 1/4 cup in each).
  • Topping: Combine sugars, cinnamon and salt in a medium-size bowl. Stir in melted butter. Add flour and rub mixture with hands to make crumb topping. Mixture should clump together and form little balls. Sprinkle topping over batter in the cups, about 1 heaping tablespoon for each.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean; 15-20 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 77gCalories: 301.5kcalCarbohydrates: 40.2gProtein: 4.1gFat: 14.1gSaturated Fat: 8.5gCholesterol: 69.8mgSodium: 85.9mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 20.2g
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