Coffee Cake / Crumb Cake

Feb 09, 2011 by Visual Recipes | 3 Comments| Share it:   



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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: 30 mins. - 1 hr.
  • Serves: 9

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This is a delicious traditional German crumb cake recipe / coffee cake recipe / New York style cinnamon crumb cake recipe.  Germans know this as a krummel kuchen rezept or as a streusel kuchen rezept.  Note: You could easily modify the recipe by adding blueberries or apples to make blueberry crumb cake or apple crumb cake.

Although this isn’t a recipe for Entenmann’s crumb cake, it is just as tasty.


Crumb Topping Ingredients

- 1 3/4 cup cake flour
- 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp table salt
- 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and warm.
- 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Coffee Cake / Crumb Cake Ingredients

- 1 large egg and 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp table salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/4 cups cake flour
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, soft, in 6 pieces
- confectioners sugar for dusting

Step 1

How to make a crumb topping

Note: Step 1 - Step 3 are for creating the crumb topping.
Add the warm melted butter, cinnamon, salt, and sugars into a medium sized bowl.

Step 2

Mix to combine. Add the cake flour and mix it in as well. Use a rubber or silicone spatula! Do not use a whisk as shown in the picture. The whisk will get all gunked up and it won't mix well.

Step 3

After mixing, it will become like a dough. Let the dough cool for 15 minutes. During that time you can get your crumb cake batter made.

Step 4

Get your oven turned on to bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the rack to the upper middle position.

Get an 8" square baking pan and spray the inside with cooking oil or dab some cooking oil on a paper towel and use the towel to oil up the pan. Then cut out 16" of tin foil or parchment paper and fold it lengthwise. Then push the parchment paper down into the pan like shown in the picture. You want to have a lot overlap as these will be our handles to pull out the cooked cake.

Step 5

How to make coffee cake / crumb cake

Get a large bowl and add the sugar, flour, salt and baking soda. Mix so all the dry ingredients are combined.

Step 6

While continuing to mix, SLOWLY add the 6 pieces of butter, one at a time. Use a low speed mixer setting to do this. You want to get the butter mixed in to the point where it is only fine buttery crumbs. See picture to get an idea of what it should look like.

Step 7

Add vanilla, buttermilk, egg and an egg yolk and use your mixer set to high to beat together.

Step 8

The crumb cake batter should become light and fluffy.

Step 9

Pour your crumb cake batter of your parchment or tinfoil so it is evenly spread out.

Step 10

Using your fingers, roll the crumb topping dough into crumbs of whatever size you wish to have. Some like smaller pea size crumbs, while I like larger blueberry sized crumbs. Don't make the crumbs into balls, let them be irregularly shaped.

Top the cake batter with the crumb topping.

Step 11

Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for around 40 minutes. You want the crumbs to be golden brown. Your oven could take less or more time, so keep checking it. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, and your topping is golden brown, your crumb cake is done!

Take it out of the oven and let it cool for half an hour. Then lift out the cake using your parchment paper or tin foil handles and slide the cake off onto a cake dish.

Step 12

Here is a photo of the finished coffee cake / crumb cake.

Step 13

Here is a photo of a slice of coffee cake / crumb cake.

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Dec 24, 2011

Are you supposed to add flour to the topping mixture, if so when?  I’m confused.

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Dec 24, 2011

Yes, there is cake flour in the crumb topping. I have edited step 2 to make this more clear.

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Dec 24, 2011

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