Wednesday, August 4, 2010

go big (crumb) or go home.

my quest for a fabulous big crumb coffee cake recipe is FINALLY over!

i am a coffee cake fiend. no secret about that.
any time i get something at our local coffee shop its usually a passion iced tea and a piece of coffee cake.
my search for the perfect home made coffee cake has gone on for countless years.
i wanted something that was bakery quality with a crumb topping that made you say "oh yeah!!"
this recipe literally takes the cake.

the amount of ingredients for the crumb topping alone kinda freaked me out....but it produced the results i have long been looking for.
the munch and i went on an EXTRA long walk today.
i boxed up over half of the pan for jere jae to take to the office with him.
no way am i gonna be left in a kitchen with a whole pan of this delicious goodness.

hope you enjoy it as much as i did!

Old Fashioned Crumb Coffee Cake
{print recipe}

Crumb Topping
2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (10 1/2 ounces)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 1/2 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan and set aside.
Make the Crumb Topping:
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, wisk together the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon.
Make a well in the center of the mixture and set aside.
Melt the butter in the microwave on 50% power until just melted. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Pour the melted butter mixture into the well in the center of the flour mixture.  With a fork, gradually pull the flour mixture in to the butter. Continue to toss/combine until all the butter is absorbed and you have a uniformly moistened crumb mixture. If texture of crumb is too small, gently squeeze small clumps together to make large crumbs ranging in size from that of a pea to that of a grape, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size.
If the crumb mixture forms a solid dough, simply use your fingers tor a fork to break-up the solid crumb mixture into big crumbs, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in size. Crumbs don't have to be uniform, just try to get most about this size. Set aside while you make the cake batter.
Make the Batter:
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and sour cream, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed. Add flour mixture to the sour cream mixture and beat on low until just combined, do not over mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the batter with your fingers, covering the batter evenly and completely. Bake or 30-35 minutes. Cake is done when a wooden pick or cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean, and the sides of the cake are light golden brown and slightly pulling away from the edge of the pan. Remove from the oven and let the cake cool in its pan set on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

adapted from :: big oven


  1. This came out delicious!! Thank you so much
    May I share it on my blog??

  2. Thanks so much again! I posted it finally!! and then pinned it!
    you can see it here if you like

  3. I made this for a Ladies Breakfast and it was very good! Thanks for posting the recipe. I e-mailed a few women the recipe (sent them the link to this post) and I pinned it as well!

  4. I just made this a few days ago. It was delicious. Everyone loved it. Will make this again for sure

  5. Cannot wait to make it. I absolutely adore coffee cake, I have been searching for a recipe that is like the one you find in a bakery or coffee shop. Have yet to find one.

  6. I made this yesterday and put a layer of blueberries in the center. I also used yogurt instead of sour cream and It was to die for! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  7. I live in Colorado and wondered if I should make any adjustments to the recipe for high altitude baking.

  8. Aloha Anonymous in Colorado!
    I've never baked at a high altitude...I've lived at sea level my whole life. Here are some great tips from King Arthur Flour ::

  9. I live in Utah and did not make any adjustments for high altitude baking... It turned out amaziing! (I even replaced the flour with gluten free flour) My family devoured it! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Best coffee cake ever!! Topping is so tasty and crunchy. The cake is moist and buttery. So glad that I made it. Was a big hit with everyone. Can be freshened after a couple days with a 10 second nuke!! Thank you.

  11. I have been searching for a 'go-to' coffeecake recipe for months ... seriously - I've baked at least seven different recipes. I finally found it! Thank you -- truly the best!

  12. Am I being stupid here, but where is the coffee in this recipe

    1. Lol! I used to think that when I was a kid!

    2. Wondering the exact same thing....Where is the coffee?

    3. Did u find out? because I was thinking the same thing

    4. The coffee is in your cup that you drink with the cake! LOL!

    5. I am so glad I found this thread! I wanted to know where the coffee was as well!! This is probably the 10th recipe that did not include coffee so I thought it was a bakers secret. Thank you for the insight ����

  13. We would totally know what to order the other at Starbucks if we had to! There would only be a problem if there was only one piece of cake left! I'd share but we'd still be hungry! ;-)

  14. I was looking for a good coffee cake recipe and luckily for me found a great coffee cake recipe. I love the crumbly topping but the cake itself has a great flavor as well and is very moist. Will definitely be making this again:)

  15. What kind of pan did everyone use?

  16. Baked for 35 minutes and it came out dough-y. :( I didn't even realize until I gave it to someone! I even put a toothpick in it and everything. Maybe suggest putting it in for 50 minutes at least. I'm so upset!

  17. Hello from Colorado! This recipe has been made time and time again. We love it. I thought I lost it on Pinterest and was devastated. Thank goodness I searched and searched and found it. None other compare for me... Errr us lol Thank you for this delicious recipe! (I use all purpose flour, and it still turns out Devine. And I make no altitude adjustments.)

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  19. Made it! My hubbies Birthday Weekend is here and he loves crumb cake - I found yours yesterday and tried it! Holy cow - Amazing! Thanks! :o)



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