by Middleeastsector

This simple crumb cake is the BEST I ever tasted. The cake is so moist, and there is a ton of buttery crumb topping to die for. It’s my aunt’s recipe from the 1970’s (hence the 1 pound of butter) and therefore of uttermost decadence, but oh so addictive! I’ve made this recipe so many times, with so many compliments. I basically eyeball the measurements now (I like a lot of cinnamon) but below is the original recipe.

I used to make this cake all the time and lost the recipe years ago. Only difference – I use the “butter” cake mix. This is the best crumb cake. Thanks for posting.

Yum….I was looking for a classic crumb cake and this was great esp if you are a “more crumb. less cake” person. I added all crumbs to bake at once instead adding the rest later. I’ll add a little more cinnamon next time.

This review is just for the crumb topping– if you are interested in making the whole cake read no further. I made this today because I had been dreaming of crumb cake and really more about the crumb than the cake.

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1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
⅔ cup of water
3 large eggs
½ cup butter softened
1 ⅓ cups packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups butter
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting


Step 1: Prepare the oven and preheat to 175 degrees C or 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Apply cooking spray in a 12×18-inch jellyroll pan.

Step 3: In a medium mixing bowl, add water, yellow cake mix, 1/2 cup of melted butter, and eggs. Use an electric mixer to beat for 2 minutes or until well blended.

Step 4: Transfer the mixture into the greased jellyroll pan.

Step 5: Place inside the preheated oven and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the sides are brown and the centre is a little mushy.

Step 6: In a large mixing bowl, add cinnamon, brown sugar, flour, butter, and vanilla extract. Beat until well mixed.

Step 7: Remove the cake from the oven and let it sit on a wire rack.

Step 8: Add 3/4 of the crumb on top and press. Set aside the rest of the crumb.

Step 9: Put the cake back to the oven and bake for another 12 to 12 minutes or until the topping is set.

Step 10: Remove the cake from the oven and let it sit on a wire rack. Sprinkle the reserved crumb on top and allow the cake to cool at room temperature. Sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on top.

Step 11: Serve and enjoy!

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