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Do you ever stumble upon a recipe and it’s so perfect that it doesn’t need any altering? This New York crumb cake is one of those recipes!

One thing I’ve noticed since moving to southwest Florida is that a number of transplants in the area are from the northeast. A lot of my friends and coworkers are from New York, New Jersey, Maine, etc. It’s odd to me considering that New England life and attitude are so much different than down here.

When I’m driving, I see the all-too-familiar blue and yellow Empire State plates. Or I’ll be out at the grocery store or bar or somewhere and hear the unmistakable accent…

I love it! I’m a California child of immigrants living in Florida myself, so I definitely appreciate meeting people from different places and backgrounds.

I’ve come to learn that New Yorkers are no different than me when it comes to taking pride in their local staples. It’s been almost two years since I moved to Florida and there’s not a decent taco in sight, despite locals frantically telling me otherwise. Other than avocados and tacos though, I don’t know Californians to be picky about food. I can’t say the same for New Yorkers.

“There’s no bagels!”

“There’s no good pizza!”

“Yeah, they say they’re good, but it’s not made with New York water!”

In my short stint here, I’ve heard it all. I get it. Florida gets it. Nothing compares to up north.

So, Imagine my disbelief when I made this crumb cake and all my Yankee friends were devouring pieces of this cake. Yes, pieces! I took some to work for a coworker and he raved about it too! Not an easy feat folks!


It’s got everything required of a traditional New York crumb cake. Moist, sour cream cake? Check! Thick layer of sweet topping? Check! Hella cinnamon? Check! Yeah, count me in!

This is an Epicurious recipe that I’ve been meaning to try since forever, which is sad considering how easy it is to make. It literally takes minutes to put this batter together and requires ingredients that you more than likely have on hand already. It does take about an hour to bake, but you’ll be left with a moist cake with golden edges and slightly crispy cinnamon sugar topping, meaning it’s totally worth it!

Be it for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or just because, this New York crumb cake is to die for and will make you everyone’s best friend!

Oh, and I couldn’t write this post without having crumb cake baking as I write. My kitchen SMELLS LIKE CINNAMON SPIRIT!

Okay, that was corny, but I’m in love with this crumb cake!

Bake up this sweet treat and let me know how it turns out for you!

Do you eat your crumb cake when it’s cooled, at room temp, or are you impatient like me and eat it hot, soon after removing it from the oven?

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New York Crumb Cake
Moist sour cream coffee cake with an ample layer of cinnamon sugar topping!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Streusel Topping
Coffee Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Streusel Topping
Coffee Cake
For topping
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Add melted butter and whisk until blended.
  3. Add flour and mix with a fork until combined and moist clumps form.
  4. Set aside.
For cake
  1. Position rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray 13x9x2-inch glass pan with non-stick baking spray and set aside.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  4. Beat butter and sugar in a separate bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, beating until blended with each addition.
  6. Add sour cream and vanilla extract and beat until just blended.
  7. In three additions, add flour and mix until just combined.
  8. Transfer batter to prepared baking dish and spread evenly with a rubber spatula.
  9. Using your hand, squeeze small handfuls of the cinnamon streusel topping into small clumps and distribute evenly over batter.
  10. Bake for about one hour, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and the edges of the topping are crisp and golden brown.
  11. Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  12. Dust with powdered sugar before serving (optional).
Recipe Notes
  1. The powdered sugar is optional. I tend to not add it as I want to eat this crumb cake as soon as possible, but you're more than welcome to dust some on top right before serving!

Adapted from Epicurious.

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