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5 from 3 votes

New York Style Crumb Cake

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 -10
Author: Melanie - Gather for Bread


Crumb Topping:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour


  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 6 pieces and softened
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • confectioner's sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 8 inch square baking pan with foil. Place 2 long sheets of foil, criss crossing to make a sling leaving extra foil to hang over edges. Push foil into corners and sides, making completely smooth.

For topping

  • Whisk melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together in a medium bowl to combine. Add flour and salt with wooden spoon until it resembles thick dough. Set aside to cool and make cake batter.

For cake:

  • Using a stand mixer, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt on low speed just until combined. With mixer running, add softened butter 1 piece at a time. Continue beating until mixture is moist crumbs and well blended, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add buttermilk, egg, yolk and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Scrape down bowl as necessary.
  • Transfer batter to foil lined pan. Using spatula to spread out evenly. Break apart crumb topping in pieces over batter. Top evenly. Bake until crumbs are golden and toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes. Let cool on wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and dust with confectioner's sugar.