New York Style Crumb Cake

New York Style Crumb Cake

One of my favorite things about crumb cake is the fact that you can eat it for breakfast; It’s like the best thing ever!  My daughter was so happy to eat cake for breakfast and I don’t blame her!

The best thing is the crumbs of course. I love scooping the crumbs off of coffee cakes and eating it alone. If I could make a whole cake out of crumbs, believe me I would! Crumbs are just so sugary and Cinnamony with a delicious hint of butter. I packed this cake with crumbs because I would eventually start scooping the crumbs off the whole cake onto my slice.

New York Style Crumb Cake

This cake reminds me of the crumb cake I usually buy at my local cafe in NY. It’s always super moist and extra crumby; As good as it may be, the homemade version is way better! Seriously, there is nothing in this world better than baked goods in the morning. Muffins, cakes, scones, croissants, pastries, you name it! it’s always better baked fresh hot out of the oven at home.

This cake is really quick and easy put together and stores very well; you can make it at night or the day before and serve it for a nice breakfast or brunch. If you are looking to make the recipe even easier you can use cake mix for the cake batter and follow the crumb mixture. I’ve tried it with cake mix and it’s always great!

New York Style Crumb Cake

New York Style Crumb Cake

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Layla


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for pan
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil plus more for pan


  • Place rack in center of oven, and heat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly brush a 9-by-12 1/2-inch baking pan with canola oil, dust with flour, and tap to remove excess. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together egg, milk, canola oil, and vanilla for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; continue mixing for 2 minutes.
  • Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine remaining 2 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over flour mixture, and toss with a rubber spatula until large crumbs form. Sprinkle crumbs over batter.
  • Place pan in oven, and bake, rotating pan after 10 minutes. Continue baking until a cake tester comes out clean, about 10-15 minutes more.
  • Transfer baking pan to a wire rack to cool.Using a serrated knife or bench scraper, cut into 3-inch squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Enjoy!

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This looks absolutely irresistible! I have to get my hands on a piece of this.

Chris @ Shared Appetite

My mouth literally started intensely salivating just seeing all those photos of the crumb cake! It looks so buttery and rich and OHHHH the crumbs! Yes please!


all i want to do is to have a taste of this amazing, crunchy, fluffy and delicious cake, it look so great 😀


    Thanks Aurica! Glad you liked it! 🙂


I’m with your daughter- cake for breakfast. I have a coffe cake I’ve made forever and I’m in desperate need for something new. This looks perfect 🙂

Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

Yum, I want cake for breakfast too! This looks simply delicious! It would lbe perfect on this cold snowy day with a hot cup of coffee 😀


Oh, I agree. It’s a breakfast thing for me too. Butter, jam and a cup of coffee…Your looks just perfect, great crumble! 🙂 ela

Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

yeeeah. crumb cake is one of the BEST since you can eat it for breakfast! and I agree the crumbs are the best part-delish!!!


    Thanks Kayle! It does make a great breakfast that’s for sure 😀

Erin | The Law Student's Wife

That crumb topping WHOA. Will you judge if I eat it all off the top? 😉


    Of course not! I think we all have our eyes on the crumbs 😉

Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

I’m obsessed with NY crumb cake! This looks delicious and I wish I had a piece of it now. 🙂

Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

I love a crispy, crunch crumb topping. So much better than plain ole cake. And hurray for dessert at breakfast time!


    Yes! Nothing beats cake for breakfast!! Thanks Natalie!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

This crumb cake is absolutely incredible! I would devour every single piece of it!

Caitlin @ teaspoon

Yum! I agree with your daughter…cake for breakfast is the best 🙂


    Haha Yea I do too! Thanks Caitlin!:)