Delicious cake, extra crumbed on the outside, soft and moist in the inside, with a hidden cream cheese surprise in the center.

Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

What better way to start the morning then with this yummy cream cheese crumb cake. Instead of opting in for the usual omelet or cereal this morning, I decided to bake this cake at 7 am and by 9 am I enjoying this crumb cake with a hot cup of coffee. What I love about this recipe is that it’s fairly easy to make and bakes very well!

When you cut into it there’s a layer of cake, topped with a layer of cream cheese, and the crumb on top.

Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

On a side note, in case you guys haven’t noticed, I have been a little busy with the website colors lately.. Okay, not just a little busy, I’ve change the site color like 4 times in the past week. I don’t know if I’m the only one that has experienced this but it’s kinda frustrating. Finally I am satisfied with this nice coral color (for now..).  Let’s hope it’s a keeper!

Cream Cheese Crumb Cake Recipe

4.43 from 7 votes

Cream Cheese Crumb Cake

By: Layla
Prep20 minutes
Cook40 minutes
Total1 hour
Servings 12



  • Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Crumb mixture
  • In a medium bowl mix the butter, flour, sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Crumb together with a flour until everything is well blended. Cover and leave in the fridge while you prepare the cake mixture.
  • Cream Cheese Mixture
  • beat the egg, cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar for about 3-5 minutes until there are not more lumps and the mixture is smooth.
  • Cake mixture
  • In a medium bowl mix the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk the butter, and eggs for 2 minutes. Whisk in the buttermilk, add the flour mixture slowly. mix for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the cake mixture into 9x9 or round pan. pour the cream cheese mixture on the cake mixture, gently spread the cream cheese mixture evenly. Pour the crumb mixture on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
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  1. If you use 1/3 cup sour cream for the cake, the batter is very thick, like pizza dough. It will not “pour” into the cake pan. The crumb recipe makes enough topping for a 9 x 13 pan. It is way too much to fit in a 9 inch round pan. The directions for the crumb mixture makes no sense at all. The vanilla is missing from the directions for the cake mixture although the vanilla is shown in the ingredients. I found the baking time to be 60 minutes and not 40 minutes unless you like your ingredients raw. I don’t think you can make a successful cake if you follow the directions as they are written.

  2. Bake on center rack ? And how to tell if it’s done ? I just got it out of oven I used spring form pan and it has baked away from the sides I assume it’s done but still feels soft in center ?

  3. Does the cream cheese firm up in the oven? If it does mine did not. If you need to let the cake sit for a little bit after the oven you need to indicate that in the instructions. I cut mine after the bake and the cream cheese gushed out. Disappointed but BUT the cake is moist and tasty and the crumble is very nice. Will try again which is a good sign for others.

  4. This looks absolutely amazing!! I can’t even get over the filling in it, yum! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever, pinning now!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  5. I agree, this looks like a great way to start my morning! I will have a cup of hot cocoa and dig into this all by myself. I might even have some fresh strawberries.

    1. Fresh strawberries would make a great addition to this cake Sherri! you and I think alike 😉

  6. This looks so yummy! I think it would be good anytime of the day. I am pinning this and putting it on my must make list.
    Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Thank you for pinning Beverly! Have a Happy New Year!! 😀

  7. brunch is my fave meal 🙂 and this is a great recipe! It looks so good 🙂 Happy New Year!

    1. Brunch is my fave meal as well Cathy, Happy New Year to you too!! 😀

  8. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says:

    Love the surprise cream cheese filling. Happy New Year!

  9. What a marvelous breakfast cake!! I want!! 😉

  10. Oh my, this cake! I love that layer of cream cheese and then of course all the crumbs (my favorite part!). Can you send me a piece to enjoy with my coffee this afternoon?? lol.

    1. Ashley, thank you! I’m going to bake a mini one right now and send it over to you!! 😉

  11. I have so much cream cheese in my refrigerator, your post only reminds me that I need to do something with it! 🙂 Your cake looks AMAZING – pinning!

    1. Baking is a great way to use up cream cheese- I always have tons of cream cheese in the fridge as well and usually whip up a cheesecake or cream cheese stuffed bread.

  12. Vicky and Ruth / May I Have That Recipe? says:

    I would also choose this cake instead of a bowl of cereal in the morning and also for dessert. Looks fantastic!

    1. Thank you Vicky, Wouldn’t we all love dessert for breakfast everyday hehe! I guess all we can do is sneak it in as a “breakfast cake” everyone once in a while.

  13. Layla! Stop it! This crumb cake looks amazing! Love the cream cheese layer. Yum! Pinned it and can’t wait to make it. Love your site look too. Beautiful! Hope you have a happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Natalie- Let me know if you do make it! Have a Happy New Years! 🙂

  14. I’m a sucker for all things crumbs so this crumb cake is calling out to me! It is gorgeous and looks like it’s straight from a fancy bakery!
    I changed the color of my blog once but it literally took me 3 or 4 hours to figure out the perfect one. I love what you have today. 🙂

    1. Thank you Tina- you are such a sweetheart! After changing it about 5 times I am finally satisfied.

  15. Dying over that cheesecake layer Layla! Especially combined with the crumbly goodness on top. This needs to get in my face PRONTO! Pinned!

    1. Thank you for pinning Taylor! I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

  16. True story – I’ve never made a crumb cake – but it’s one of my absolute favorites at brunch. That’s it – I’m making one – especially before New Years starts and I’m on carb-lock down! haha

    1. Megan–I know where you are coming from, I actually recently just started making crumb cake. It’s one of those things that you think it’s hard but realize it’s very easy after trying it. I took enjoy it with tea and coffee and brunch! 🙂

  17. What a fantastic breakfast cake! The color scheme is great too!

    1. Laura- I’m glad you like the color scheme! I’m actually going to change it today because I had a lot of my readers emailing me say that it’s “too light”.. I think that maybe it shows differently on different screen resolutions.

  18. YUM! This looks fantastic, Layla! I’d love to wake up to this in the morning. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. Pinned.

    1. Thank you for pinning Julie! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  19. The top of this crumb cake has me craving for a big big big piece! Yum!

  20. This cake looks gorgeous! Sounds like the perfect breakfast, of course!
    By the way, I love the new color scheme. So pretty! xx

    1. Cansuelo- Thank you! I’m glad you like the color!

  21. So delicious! I will pin this recipe, but I will let my wife know about it. Maybe I am lucky enough to have her do it for me. Or, who knows, maybe I will try it out myself.

    This is a masterpiece. You should be proud of yourself!

    Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Thank you John, do let me know if you or your wife end up making it!

  22. Ahhh first thing I thought visiting you website is “something is changed here” but could not figure it out. I love the way the blog looks now, you should stick with this beautiful color 🙂
    Baking at 7 am? Wow, I’m impressed, this cake is a masterpiece. I used to have cake for breakfast in Italy and I love to start the day with something sweet.

    1. Thank you Daniela, I think I’m going to stick with this color for a while.

  23. This cake looks incredible Layla! I love all the crumbs and the cream cheese filling sounds wonderful 🙂 Pinning and hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  24. Only in the morning? I think not. I could enjoy this cake morning, afternoon or evening! It looks fantastic.

      1. I just put this in the oven..but my question is…it filled my 9×9 pan to the top is that size too small? However it looks absolutely delicious can’t wait to try it!

  25. This looks so delicious…omg that cheesecake layer! To die for. Need to try this for sure. Pinned!

      1. Just put this in the oven..I used the 9×9 pan but it was to the top of pan is that normal? I can not wait to try this.

        1. Sorry for the late response. I used a 9×9 round spring-form pan and it was perfect. Let me know how it went!

        2. The spring form pan makes sense..but mine turned fine in the 9×9 cake pan I used. This cake was awesome..loved it. With a hot cup of coffee what a way to start the day!!