New York Style Crumb Cake

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New York Style Crumb Cake

If you are a coffee cake fan, you will love this New York style crumb cake! It is similar to the classic Entemann’s crumb cake you can buy in the grocery store, but of course it’s even better homemade. 🙂 The cake portion is light and fluffy and sweet, but the best part is the crumb topping! It’s rich and buttery, and best of all, there’s plenty of it. There’s nothing worse than a coffee cake that skimps on the crumb topping! If you like crumb cake, this is the recipe for you – enjoy! 🙂

New York Style Crumb Cake

New York Style Crumb Cake

Yield: 12 Servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Total Time: 55 min


For the crumb topping:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and still warm
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour

For the cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), cut into 6 pieces, softened but still cool
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting


  1. To make the topping: Whisk sugars, cinnamon, salt, and butter in medium bowl to combine. Add flour and stir with rubber spatula or wooden spoon until mixture resembles thick, cohesive dough; set aside to cool to room temperature, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. To make the cake: Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 325° F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt on low speed to combine. With mixer running at low speed, add butter one piece at a time; continue beating until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no visible butter chunks remaining, 1 to 2 minutes. Add egg, yolk, vanilla, and buttermilk; beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute, scraping once if necessary.
  4. Transfer batter to baking pan, spreading into an even layer. Break apart crumb topping into large pea-sized pieces between your thumb, pointer, and middle fingers and spread in even layer over batter, beginning with edges and then working toward center. Bake until crumbs are golden and wooden skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack at least 30 minutes. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

from Cook's Illustrated

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  1. I do love coffee cake and I want a big bite of that crumbly topping for breakfast!

  2. droollll! Crumb topping is the best! Congrats on that precious little baby! Y’all are so blessed!

  3. W. O. W. This cake seriously looks PERFECT! And congratulations on your growing family – what a blessing!

  4. LOVE coffee cake, but there is NEVER enough topping! This looks like there definitely is! Definitely trying this next time Im craving a good coffee cake!!

  5. I’ll take a huge slice!! 🙂 Looks fantastic.

  6. my family used to buy those Entemann’s cakes all the time. this crumb cake looks even better!!!

  7. I have made this before and it is truly delicious! Congratulations on your little one! What a blessing!

  8. CONGRATS my friend. I must have missed that post. So happy for you on this wonderful journey. 🙂 I made crumb cake yesterday! Yours is prettier though. I love crumb cake SO much. The crumb is my favorite part 🙂

  9. Crumb cake has a place in my heart forever 🙂 yours looks amazing, I’d love to try!

  10. I have made this from your recipe many times and it is wonderful. I’m back to print it again for Christmas morning. Thanks!

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  12. Hi Megan,
    Do you think this would bake okay in a tube pan? Single recipe or double?
    Thanks so much!

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