Big Crumb Coffee Cake

big crumb coffee cake

One Year: Guacamole with Basil and Shallots

‘Big Crumb’ Coffeecake
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon*
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) butter, melted
1 3/4 cups cake flour

1/3 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup cake flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons softened butter, cut into 8 pieces.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8-inch-square baking pan. CRUMBS: In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, spices and salt. Whisk in melted butter until fully combined. Add flour with a spatula or wooden spoon. It will look and feel like a solid dough. Leave it pressed together in the bottom of the bowl and set aside.

CAKE: In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Beat together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add butter and a spoonful of sour cream mixture and mix on medium speed until flour is moistened. Increase speed and beat for 30 seconds. Add remaining sour cream mixture in two batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition, and scraping down the sides of bowl with a spatula. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Using your fingers, break topping mixture into big crumbs, about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch in size. They do not have to be uniform, but make sure most are around that size. Sprinkle over cake. Bake cake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean of batter, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

*I used 3/4 tsp ceylon cinnamon (which is true cinnamon; all the other stuff we see in grocery stores is actually cassia, cinnamon’s cousin) and 3/4 tsp vietnamese cinnamon (which is spicier). You can find cinnamon variations at a specialty foods store or spice store. Whatever you find at your grocery store is fine, as well, but the mixture of these two cinnamons made this coffee cake outstanding.


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    • queensmithereen

      Thank you so much for the well wishes! It’s funny, I was planning on waiting a year, and then I just realized that that was silly when I could just make it happen now. The coffee cake is my favorite recipe for it yet! 🙂


  1. amin123shahnouze

    ‘Big Crumb’ Coffeecake. Yeah, it’s so delicious that everybody should try it.
    Everybody should try the recipe that is given here. I think that everybody should make this coffeecake by following that recipe .
    Because after following that recipe, they can take the taste of this delicious coffeecake.



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