Delicious Crumb Topping Coffee Cake Recipe

Welcome to my world, dear coffee and cake lovers! I am excited to share with you my recipe for a delicious crumb topping that is perfect for any coffee cake or crumb cake you desire. One thing that is often overlooked when it comes to baking desserts is the toppings, but trust me when I say that the right topping can take your cake game to a whole new level.

As someone who has always had a sweet tooth, I have spent years perfecting this crumb topping recipe, and I can confidently say that it’s one of the best out there. Not only is it crazy delicious, but it’s also super easy to make – even if you’re not much of a baker.

So, whether you’re making a classic coffee cake or experimenting with different flavors like apple or pumpkin, this crumb topping will elevate your cake to new heights. Get ready to impress your friends and family with your baking skills and become the talk of the town. Excited yet? You should be! Let’s dive into the recipe and get started on creating something truly magical.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Crumb Topping for Coffee Cake
Crumb Topping for Coffee Cake

If you’re a fan of coffee cake, then you’ll absolutely fall in love with this recipe for crumb topping. What’s not to love about a buttery, crunchy streusel crumb topping that sits atop a moist and sweet cake?

This crumb topping is incredibly easy to make, and requires only a handful of ingredients. Flour, sugar, and melted butter combine to create the perfect consistency for the topping. A touch of cinnamon adds warmth and depth, while a pinch of salt brings out all the flavors.

I promise that once you try this crumb topping, you’ll never want to go back to boring old coffee cakes again. It’s perfect for brunch, tea time, or even as a special dessert after dinner. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be used on other baked goods, such as muffins or tarts.

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and taste the difference for yourself. Your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Sprinkle the crumb topping onto your coffee cake for an irresistible texture.
Sprinkle the crumb topping onto your coffee cake for an irresistible texture.

Ingredients for Crumb Topping

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, melted

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the melted butter gently and mix with a fork or rubber spatula until large crumbs form.

This crumb topping is perfect for any coffee cake recipe or to make streusel for muffins. If you want to have more crumble topping, combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour and ½ cup of brown sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Then add ½ cup of melted unsalted butter and gently mix with a fork until well combined.

Note: if you need to make this crumble topping gluten-free, use gluten-free all-purpose flour instead (2/3 cup). Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Coffee cake crumble topping made this way is so good that nobody will even realize it’s missing gluten!

The Recipe How-To

 Crispy and buttery, this crumb topping adds the perfect crunch to any cake.
Crispy and buttery, this crumb topping adds the perfect crunch to any cake.

Now it is time for the most important part of this article, making the crumb topping for your delicious coffee cake. This recipe requires only a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

Ingredient List

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and gently mixed with flour


Let’s get started!

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, both sugars, ground cinnamon, and salt until combined.
  2. Add the melted butter to the dry mixture and gently mix until large crumbs begin to form.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, stir in any remaining bits of flour into the crumb topping until well combined.
  4. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the uncooked prepared coffee cake batter.
  5. Make sure to gently press down so that it sticks to the cake batter.

Tips for Perfect Results:

  • Be sure to melt your butter gently before adding it to your dry mixture.
  • Do not over mix the butter with the flour – it should form large crumbs.
  • Use an offset spatula or rubber spatula to evenly spread out and press down on the crumb topping for optimal texture.

Now that you’ve learned how to make perfect crumb topping for your coffee cake, it’s time to bake!

Substitutions and Variations

 Ready to give your coffee cake an upgrade? This crumb topping is just the thing.
Ready to give your coffee cake an upgrade? This crumb topping is just the thing.

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of ways to put your own spin on this crumb topping recipe. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Gluten-free version: To make this recipe gluten-free, simply swap out the all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour blend. I recommend using a 1-to-1 baking blend for the best results.

– Streusel crumb topping: If you’re looking for a thicker, chunkier crumb topping, try making a streusel instead. Simply add ¾ cup of flour and ⅓ cup of brown sugar to the original mixture, then cut in 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter until the mixture becomes crumbly.

– Double crumb topping: For an extra-decadent coffee cake or crumb cake, try doubling the topping recipe and layering it between two layers of batter. This will require you to double all of the ingredient amounts for the topping.

– Apple pie crumble cake: Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg to the original recipe, then sprinkle the crumb topping over a classic apple pie filling before baking.

– New York style crumb cake: Add an extra teaspoon of cinnamon to the topping mixture, then use it to top a classic yellow cake for a classic New York-style dessert.

Regardless of which variation you choose, this versatile crumb topping recipe is sure to make your next dessert amazing.

Serving and Pairing

 A delicious blend of streusel crumbs perfect for topping coffee cake.
A delicious blend of streusel crumbs perfect for topping coffee cake.

Now that your coffee cake is ready and the crumb topping is perfectly golden brown, it’s time to serve and enjoy!

Coffee cake is an all-occasion treat for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert. Serve it warm, straight out of the oven with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. You can also dust some powdered sugar on top to add a touch of sweetness.

Pair your delicious coffee cake with a cup of hot black or creamy latte coffee and savor each bite accompanied by the aroma and flavor of your coffee brew complementing your sweet baked delight.

If you prefer something other than coffee, go for a chai tea latte, hot chocolate or apple cider; their sweet and comforting flavors will be perfect to accompany the spiced cinnamon in the crumb topping.

This recipe can also be modified and customized with different seasonal fruits like apples, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries. Serve blueberry coffee cake with some lemon blueberry sauce or strawberry coffee cake paired with fresh sliced strawberries mixed with sugar syrup.

Enjoy your freshly baked coffee cake in the company of friends or family during gatherings where you share memorable moments over satisfying treats.

Now that you are an expert in making this crumb-topped cake recipe, it’s time to impress your loved ones with it!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This crumb topping is quick and easy to make, and the results are undeniably delicious.
This crumb topping is quick and easy to make, and the results are undeniably delicious.

One of the great things about this crumb topping for coffee cake recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. You can prepare the topping up to two days in advance and keep it refrigerated until ready to use.

When storing the crumb topping, make sure to keep it in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. This will help to preserve its freshness and prevent it from drying out. Before using, let the crumb topping come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.

If you have any leftover coffee cake with crumb topping or are planning on making a big batch ahead of time, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. For longer storage, place the cake in the refrigerator for up to one week.

When reheating the coffee cake, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and place the cake on a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for around 10-12 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat individual slices of coffee cake in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

Keep in mind that reheating the coffee cake too many times may affect its texture and quality. So if you’re not going to eat it all within a few days, it’s best to freeze it for longer storage.

Overall, this recipe is perfect for those who love delicious sweet treats but are short on time. It’s easy to make ahead and store, making it a great option for busy mornings or afternoon snacks. So go ahead and indulge in some of that rich and flavorful streusel crumb topping together with your favorite coffee cake!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't settle for plain old cake - this crumb topping is the perfect addition to any recipe.
Don’t settle for plain old cake – this crumb topping is the perfect addition to any recipe.

If you want to ensure that your crumb topping coffee cake turns out perfectly every time, follow these tips for perfect results:

1. Use cold butter

When making the crumb topping, be sure to start with cold unsalted butter. If the butter is too soft, the crumb topping will not turn out as expected. It is recommended that you place the butter in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to use.

2. Mix until crumbly

To make the perfect crumbly topping, mix the flour, sugars, cinnamon and salt together until well combined. Add in the melted butter and gently mix with a fork until a crumbly mixture forms – this should take around 3-4 minutes.

3. Don’t overmix

It is important not to overmix the crumb topping as it will become too moist and dense. Instead, stir gently with a fork until just combined.

4. Use a rubber spatula

When adding the flour mixture to the melted butter, be sure to use a rubber spatula instead of a whisk. This will help prevent clumps from forming and ensure even distribution of ingredients.

5. Sprinkle evenly

When applying the crumb topping to your coffee cake batter, remember to sprinkle it evenly across the top so that every bite has a taste of delicious crumble.

6. Adjust cooking time

Depending on your oven’s temperature fluctuations and humidity levels in your kitchen, you may need to adjust cooking time by 5-10 minutes when making this recipe. Keep an eye on your cake and be prepared to remove it from the oven when it’s golden brown.

By following these tips, you can guarantee that your crumb topping coffee cake will impress everyone who takes a bite!


Now that we got the recipe and all the necessary details covered, let’s dive into some frequently asked questions. These additional information will give you a better understanding of the recipe and help you avoid common mistakes that tend to arise. Read on for answers to some of the most common questions about this crumb topping for coffee cake recipe.

What is coffee cake topping made of?

For the crumb topping, mix together the sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl of medium size. Add the melted butter and whisk everything together. Then, add the flour and stir using a rubber spatula until the mixture is moist. Transfer the mixture onto parchment paper and let it dry before using it.

What is crumble topping made of?

The ingredients of flour, sugar, and butter are commonly used to create toppings for baked goods such as muffins, cakes, and pies that are known as crumble, streusel, or crumb topping.

What is the top of crumb cake made of?

To prepare the crumb topping, grab a medium-sized bowl and combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt. See to it that everything is well-blended before slowly adding in the melted butter. Afterward, use a fork to lightly mix the flour into the mixture while ensuring that you don’t overdo it. Avoid over-mixing since it will result in a dense paste instead of smaller crumbles.

Bottom Line

Now that you have the recipe for this delicious crumb topping, it’s time to get baking! I promise that this recipe won’t disappoint you. My favorite part of this crumb topping is how versatile it is. You can use it on coffee cakes, muffins, apple pies and crumbles or any other dessert that needs an added crunch.

With some simple ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can easily make a perfect crumb topping to top off your favorite dessert recipes. Explore different baking techniques and recipes to find the perfect dish for this streusel crumb topping. This recipe for crumb topping gives you endless options and possibilities in the kitchen.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try, experiment with some variations or substitutions, whip up some blueberry muffins or pumpkin cake topped with the crumble or even add a sprinkle of brown sugar cinnamon over your vanilla icing. Trust me – your taste buds will thank you! Once you’ve mastered the art of making perfect crumbs, your desserts game will level up.

Thank you for reading and happy baking!

Crumb Topping for Coffee Cake

Crumb Topping for Coffee Cake Recipe

This recipe is from Mrs. Edgar Dreyer, from the cookbook "Heritage of Cooking" A Collection of Recipes from East Perry County, Missouri. To find out more about this cookbook read the description from the first recipe I posted from it #38,782.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 topping recipe
Calories 1542 kcal


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup flour


  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Sprinkle crumbs lightly on top of coffee cake.
  • Bake as directed.

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Serving: 308gCalories: 1542kcalCarbohydrates: 171.6gProtein: 10.7gFat: 93gSaturated Fat: 58.5gCholesterol: 244mgSodium: 655.6mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 100.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Breads, Easy, European, German, Grains, Kid-Friendly, Oven, Potluck
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