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Crumb Cake Recipe

The fluffiest crumb cake recipe with a brown sugar, buttery crumb cake topping. Everything you need to know for how to make a crumb cake. This is the best recipe for crumb cake and super simple to make! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
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Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 843kcal
Author: Eden
Cost: $10


Crumb Cake Topping

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp salt

Crumb Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1 1/2 sticks, melted
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil canola oil works too
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Add all of the crumb topping ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir until it comes together. Set aside.
    crumb cake topping
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
    flour, salt, baking powder in a mixing bowl
  • Combine the wet ingredients in a large liquid measuring glass.
  • Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and gently whisk until combined. Do not over mix crumb cake, just until the ingredients are combined.
    crumb cake batter
  • Spread the mixture into a buttered 9×13 pan.
    crumb cake in a sheet pan
  • Add the crumbs to the top of the cake. Cover the entire cake with layers of crumbs. 
    adding crumb cake topping over cake
  • Bake in in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes. 
    crumb cake in a sheet pan
  • To make the glaze, add the glaze ingredients into a small bowl and mix with a fork until it becomes a thick liquid. When the crumb cake is baked, drizzle the glaze over the top.


This crumb cake is pretty easy to store. Just wrap it up tight, and it can last for three to four days at room temperature. You can also put the crumb cake in an airtight container.
To freeze, simply wrap the crumb cake up in plastic wrap and then wrap a second time using aluminum foil. The cake will stay good in the freezer for around three months
To defrost, simply leave it at room temperature overnight and unwrap before giving it a good dusting with confectionary sugar. 
Always preheat the oven before baking. Check the cake around 40 minutes to see how it looks. Use a knife and stick it in the center to check if the cake is done. 


Serving: 12g | Calories: 843kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 966IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3mg