Delicious Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe – Perfect for Breakfast

As a lover of coffee and all things sweet, I must say that crumb coffee cake is one of my absolute favorites. The combination of moist, buttery cake and crunchy, cinnamon crumb topping is simply irresistible. That’s why I’m excited to share this crumb coffee cake recipe with you today.

This recipe is perfect if you’re looking for something to go along with your morning coffee, or if you’re in need of a sweet treat to bring to a brunch or gathering. It’s also great for those times when you simply crave some delicious comfort food.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it is also versatile since it can easily be adapted to different flavors such as pumpkin or raspberry. Plus, you can choose to bake it in a bundt pan or in a plain square pan depending on your preference.

So whether you are a long-time fan of classic New York-style crumb cake from the bakery or just discovering your love for this tasty treat, I guarantee that this recipe will leave you satisfied and wanting more. Let’s dive into the ingredients and steps on how to make this mouthwatering dessert!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Crumb Coffee Cake
Crumb Coffee Cake

If you’re a coffee lover and crave a sweet pastry to pair it with, then you’re in for a treat! This crumb coffee cake recipe is easy to make and it tastes incredible. The reason you’ll love this recipe is that it offers the perfect balance of sweetness, crumbly texture, and moist buttery flavor.

You might have tried different versions of coffee cake before, but this one is special. The topping has just the right amount of crumb, sugar, and cinnamon to give it a classic New York-style taste. When you take your first bite, you’ll instantly notice how soft and spongy the cake crumb is. With each bite, you’ll enjoy the moist buttery flavor perfectly infused with hints of cinnamon and salt.

Not only is this crumb coffee cake recipe delicious but it’s also versatile. You can easily add your favorite fruits like apple, raspberry, blueberry or banana to the mix for an extra burst of flavor. If you want to get creative with the recipe, try using pumpkin puree instead of sour cream or adding yeast to the batter for a fluffy texture.

The best part about this recipe is that you can easily make it at home! No need to go out and buy expensive pastries from cafes or stores like Sara Lee when you can create a batch of warm and freshly baked cakes right in your own oven. Plus, with the help of our recipe video tutorial, you can master the recipe in no time.

So go ahead and indulge in this mouthwatering crumb coffee cake recipe. It’s perfect for breakfast with a cup of steaming hot coffee or as an afternoon snack when your sweet tooth craves some much-needed attention. With its delectable flavor and easy-to-follow instructions, you’re sure to fall in love with this classic entenmann-crumb inspired recipe.

Ingredient List

“Satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of this crumb coffee cake!”

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • All-purpose flour: You will need 2 cups of all-purpose flour that will form the base of your crumb cake.
  • Brown sugar: You will need both white and brown sugars. You will need 1 cup of granulated sugar and 3/4 cup packed brown sugar for the cake batter, and additional brown sugar for the crumb topping.
  • Unsalted butter: This recipe calls for 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) of unsalted butter to make the cake moist and buttery. Also, an additional melt-in-your-mouth streusel crumb topping requires butter.
  • Baking powder: The recipe needs 1 teaspoon of baking powder which helps to create a puffy cake.
  • Salt: You will need only a pinch of salt but it makes all the difference in balancing flavors. I suggest you use fine sea salt or plain table salt for this recipe.
  • Egg: We need one large egg to be beaten before added to the batter.
  • Sour cream: Use 1 cup of sour cream along with baking soda. It creates a wonderful tangy flavor, and keeps cake incredibly moist.
  • Ground cinnamon: Cinnamon is used in this recipe for both batter and crumb topping. it gives gorgeous depth of flavor to coffee cake.
  • Baking Soda: A small amount of baking soda helps the sour cream activate properly so that your crumb coffee cake is not flat.

This ingredient list is fairly simple and can easily be found at any grocery store.

The Recipe How-To

“Coffee and cake, the perfect match.”

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients necessary to prepare this delicious crumb coffee cake, let’s dive into the step-by-step guide on how to create this masterpiece.

Preparing the Cake Batter

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C. Prepare your baking pan by buttering it or spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream 1 cup of unsalted butter and 2 cups of granulated sugar together using a hand mixer or stand mixer.

  3. Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time.

  4. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix until everything is combined.

  5. In another bowl, whisk together 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon of salt.

  6. Alternately mix in the dry ingredients mixture and 1 cup of sour cream (starting with the dry ingredients). Continue until all ingredients are blended properly.

Making the Crumb Topping

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

  2. Mix in 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter until crumbly.

Layering the Cake Batter and Crumb Topping

  1. Pour half the batter into your prepared baking pan evenly.

  2. Sprinkle half the crumb mixture on top.

  3. Pour in the remaining half of the batter in a thick layer; make sure to spread it evenly over the crumb mix layer.

  4. Add the remaining crumb topping over top of the cake batter using your fingers. This will give it that classic “new york” coffee cake streusel look!

Baking The Cake

  1. Bake your crumb coffee cake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

  2. Once done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.

Slice, Serve and Enjoy!

  1. Slice your cake with a sharp serrated knife and serve warm or at room temperature. It can be enjoyed as a breakfast treat or after-dinner dessert, with a cup of your favorite coffee!

Now that you know how to make a crumb coffee cake, feel free to experiment with different variations, such as adding apples, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, or pumpkin! This recipe is super adaptable, so have fun with it!

Substitutions and Variations

“The best way to start your day? With a slice of our crumb coffee cake and a cup of coffee.”


The beauty of this crumb coffee cake recipe is how customizable it is. Here are some ideas to switch up the recipe:

– Flour: If you don’t have all-purpose flour, you can try using whole wheat or cake flour instead.

– Sour Cream: I love using sour cream in this recipe, but if you don’t have any, you can substitute with plain Greek yogurt or buttermilk.

– Cinnamon: This recipe calls for ground cinnamon, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try swapping it out with pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, or even nutmeg.

– Toppings: The crumb topping is the star of this recipe, but feel free to experiment with other toppings such as sliced apples, raspberries, blueberries, or bananas. You can also try adding a streusel topping made from chopped nuts, oats and maple syrup.

– Size and Shape: Rather than baking in a 9×13 inch baking dish, you can use a bundt pan or make them into muffins by pouring the batter into greased muffin cups. Just adjust the baking time accordingly.

Remember that substitutions may affect the final outcome of the cake – but sometimes those happy accidents result in new favourites!

Serving and Pairing

“This crumb coffee cake is perfect for a cozy night in with a book.”

Now that you have baked the perfect crumb coffee cake, it’s time to serve it up and enjoy. This cake pairs well with a variety of coffee styles, such as a classic New York blend or a cinnamon coffee. When it comes to serving, I recommend cutting this cake into thick slices for a hearty portion.

If you want to take your pairing game to the next level, try serving this crumb coffee cake alongside some fresh berries or sliced apples. The tartness of the fruit will help balance out the sweetness of the brown sugar crumbs on top of the cake.

For those who prefer something more indulgent, drizzle a bit of cream over the top of your slice. You can opt for sour cream or regular cream depending on your taste preference.

If you’re feeling creative, you could also experiment with adding different flavors to your crumb coffee cake batter. Try adding in some raspberry or blueberry preserves for a fruity twist. Or go wild and throw in some mashed banana or pumpkin puree for an autumnal feel.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair this crumb coffee cake, one thing is for sure – it’s going to be delicious!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Love baking? You’ll love making our crumb coffee cake!”

One of the great things about this crumb coffee cake recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and store for later. Once cooled, tightly wrap the coffee cake in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.

To reheat the cake, simply remove from the fridge or freezer and let it come to room temperature. If you’re in a rush, you can pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or in the oven at a low heat for a couple of minutes. However, I must admit that I prefer eating this cake cold, straight out of the fridge.

If you want to freshen up your stored coffee cake before serving, sprinkle some powdered sugar on top or heat up a spoonful of raspberry or blueberry jam in the microwave and drizzle on top for added flavor.

Also, if you’re making this as a gift or bringing to a party, take note that this recipe works perfectly when baked in a bundt pan. It adds an extra touch of elegance to your dessert table.

Whether you decide to make this crumb coffee cake fresh or ahead of time, it will surely be a crowd-pleaser with its delicious moist buttery flavor and irresistible brown sugar cinnamon coffee crumb.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Enjoy the delicious crumb topping on this moist and tender cake.”

You’ve got everything you need to make a delicious crumb coffee cake. But there are still a few things you can do to make sure your cake turns out perfectly. Here are some tips that will help you achieve bakery-quality results:

1. Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing the batter can lead to a tough and rubbery cake. Make sure you mix just until the ingredients are combined.

2. Use room temperature ingredients: Make sure all your ingredients, including the butter, egg, and sour cream, are at room temperature before you begin mixing. This helps everything come together more easily and evenly.

3. Measure accurately: Precision is key when it comes to baking. Use measuring cups and spoons to ensure that you’re measuring out your ingredients accurately.

4. Avoid opening the oven door too often: Every time you open the oven door, you let heat escape, which can cause your cake to cook unevenly or collapse in the middle.

5. Use a toothpick or cake tester to check for doneness: Insert a toothpick or cake tester into the center of your cake to see if it comes out clean. If it does, your cake is ready!

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to baking a perfect crumb coffee cake every time.

Bottom Line

After reading this recipe, you must be enticed to try making this scrumptious crumb coffee cake recipe on your own. This cake is perfect for breakfast, dessert or even a mid-day snack. The moist buttery crumb cake paired with flavorful cinnamon crumb topping is sure to impress your family and friends.

What are you waiting for? Gather all the ingredients listed above and bake the cake of your dreams. With the option of substituting and varying certain ingredients, you can customize the recipe to suit your taste buds.

It is a perfect accompaniment to a cup of hot coffee or tea. You can even serve it as dessert after dinner, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Also, if you want to prepare it ahead of time, you can store it in an air-tight container for up to three days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

From the classic New York crumb cake to the copycat Entenmann’s version, this crumb coffee cake recipe is versatile and can be baked in any shape that you like – bundt or plain cake tin.

The crumb coffee cake is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings and impress your guests. So go ahead and try out this delicious recipe, and don’t forget to let us know how it turned out in the comments below!

Crumb Coffee Cake

Crumb Coffee Cake Recipe

A sweet treat that uses common ingredients. I like to add cinnamon to the crumb topping, but it's good either way. Margarine or shortening will work instead of butter in this recipe. If you don't have sour milk you can make it by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup and filling with milk to the one-cup measurement. Stir and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. You'll have sour milk for the recipe.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 400.5 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sour milk (see remarks)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 325°F and spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  • Mix the brown sugar and flour until well combined and lump free, add the melted butter and stir well or crumble it between your hands until well blended.
  • Reserve 3/4 c of the mixture for topping, if desired mix cinnamon into the topping mixture.
  • Mix in the baking powder, then add the milk and egg and mix well.
  • Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top of the batter.
  • Bake at 325° for about 55-60 minutes or until cake pulls slightly away from the side of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Serve warm, even better with whipped cream, cool whip or ice-cream.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 122gCalories: 400.5kcalCarbohydrates: 70.2gProtein: 4.5gFat: 11.9gSaturated Fat: 7.2gCholesterol: 53.3mgSodium: 151.2mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 48.6g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Breads, Healthy, Oven
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