New Jersey Crumb Coffee Cake piled high with crumb topping and topped with powdered sugar
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New Jersey Crumb Coffee Cake

A moist, tender cake topped high with delicious chunks of cinnamon sugar goodness!
Course Dessert
Cuisine cake
Keyword Coffee Cake, Crumb Cake, NJ Crumb Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 slices
Calories 574kcal
Author Erren Hart of Erren's Kitchen


For the topping:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups butter (2½ sticks), melted - plus more if needed

For the cake:

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups butter (1½ sticks) softened
  • cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cups Buttermilk
  • Teaspoons Vanilla
  • ½ cup powdered sugar for dusting


For the topping:

  • Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add the warm melted butter and stir to blend.
  • Squeeze a handful of the topping into your hand, if it doesn't clump together, add some more melted butter until it does. Set aside.

For the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350f/175c.  Grease 13x9 inch baking pan
  • In a medium mixing bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Beat the softened butter in a large bowl until light.
  • Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until well blended after each addition.
  • Add buttermilk and vanilla, beat just until blended.
  • Add flour mixture in 3 additions, beating just until blended after each addition.
  • Transfer cake batter to prepared baking pan (the batter will be thick); spreading it evenly over the pan.
  • Hand-squeeze small handfuls of topping together and crumble clumps evenly over cake batter, covering with a thick layer of topping.
  • Bake 45 minutes to an hour or until the tester comes out clean and topping is deep golden brown and a little crisp.
  • Cool cake in dish on rack at least 30 minutes.  Dust with powdered sugar and cut into squares to serve.



  • Make the topping first.  Leaving the batter to sit before baking may cause problems with rising, causing the topping to sink into the cake.
  • Use good quality unbleached flour for the best result.  Lower quality flour may not have the stability to hold the topping.
  • Don't overmix the batter once the flour is added.  Overmixing can cause a tough, dense cake.
  • Be sure to cool the cake completely before dusting with the sugar.  A warm cake will melt the sugar.
  • FAQs
    Can you freeze Crumb Cake? 
    Crumb Cake Freezes really well.  Just wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months.  Defrost at room temperature overnight.


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 767IU | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 2mg