Sunday, April 24, 2022

New York-Style Crumb Cake Recipe

New York-Style Crumb Cake Recipe

The best part of crumb cake is of course the crumb topping, and this cake delivers a substantial layer with large chunks of crumbs that hold their shape and don’t melt into the cake as it bakes. The cake itself is made using the reverse creaming method, meaning the dry ingredients are mixed together, then the butter is cut in and finally the wet ingredients are added. Here it produces a really tender cake with a tight crumb that’s sturdy enough to support all of the goodness on top.

By Tracey

New York-Style Crumb Cake

from Cook’s Illustrated

(Note: don’t substitute powdered buttermilk for the real thing here. I use it often in my baking, but in this recipe there’s a chance it’ll make the cake batter too thin and allow the crumb topping to sink into the cake as it bakes. You can substitute plain low-fat yogurt if you’d like.)


Crumb Topping

  • 1/3 cup (2 2/3 oz) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (2 2/3 oz) dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and still warm
  • 1 3/4 cups (7 oz) cake flour


  • 1 1/4 cups (5 oz) cake flour
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, 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 (optional, to finish)


To make the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together both sugars, the cinnamon, salt and melted butter. Add the cake flour and use a rubber spatula to fold it in until cohesive. The mixture will be very thick. Allow to cool to room temperature, about 10-15 minutes.

To make the cake: Preheat oven to 325 F with a rack in the upper third. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, then line the pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on opposite sides so you can lift the cake out afterward. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the cake flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on low briefly to combine. With the mixer still on low, add the butter, one piece at a time, and continue mixing until the mixture is crumbly, about 1-2 minutes (there shouldn’t be any visible chunks of butter left). Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and buttermilk and increase the mixer to medium-high speed. Beat until the batter is light and fluffy, about 1 minute.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, and spread into an even layer. Pick up the crumb topping by handfuls, and break off chunks, scattering them over the top of the batter. Use all of the topping – it will be a thick layer. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the crumb topping is golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove the pan to a wire rack and cool for at least 30 minutes, before using the foil handles to lift the cake out of the pan. Cut into squares for serving (dusting with confectioners’ sugar to finish if desired).

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