New York Style Crumb Cake | | A soft, sour cream coffee cake with a thick cinnamon streusel topping | #recipe #cake #dessert

I’m not gonna lie to you. I didn’t get out of my pajamas today. I put on a robe, a pair of slippers, a baby on my hip, and…and that’s it. I did nothing. I knoooooow, I’m lame! Would it help if I told you that I took a shower? ‘Cause I did. Pinky swear.

15-degree weather will do that to you.

I also stuffed my face with the last two slices of this New York Style Crumb Cake. And a tall, homemade Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Latte on the side. That may be a Christmas drink in your world, but in my world, it’s an all year-round drink, thanks to peppermint candies.

That, and a big slice of this cake, have been my breakfast foods for the past few days.

Of the 24 pieces of cake, I had at least 6.

New York Style Crumb Cake | | A soft, sour cream coffee cake with a thick cinnamon streusel topping | #recipe #cake #dessert

You could say that I’ve gone off the deep end, but if there’s one thing that you should do in your lifetime, it is to make this Crumb Cake. A soft, sour cream coffee cake with a thick cinnamon streusel topping – you may be tempted to eat the topping before sinking your teeth into the tender, sweet cake. It’s SO good!

Before I leave and give you the recipe, I will have you know that while typing up this post I took a 5-minute break and went to put on a pair of yoga pants. I only did it because my husband is about to come home from work and I don’t want him to know that I stayed in my pajamas all day long. I don’t feel like listening to, “see, you get to stay in your pj’s all day, and play with the kids, and blah blaaaaah blaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…”. And then I’ll have to come back at him with, “I wish you could stay home one full day with the kids, and make breakfast, and lunch, and dinner, and snacks, and laundry, and play with the kids, and change diapers, and listen to Barney, and say NO to everything, and … ” This is how I argue back all.the.time. :-D

New York Style Crumb Cake | | A soft, sour cream coffee cake with a thick cinnamon streusel topping | #recipe #cake #dessert

I’m off to spend some quality time with my DVR. You know, before my husband gets to it!


New York Style Crumb Cake
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A soft, sour cream coffee cake with a thick cinnamon streusel topping.
Serves: Serves 24
For the Cake
  • Butter for greasing the pan
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Streusel Topping
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Butter a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Place the butter in your mixing bowl and cream the butter until smooth.
  5. Add the sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is fluffy.
  6. Add the eggs and beat until completely incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  7. Mix in the sour cream and vanilla.
  8. Gradually add the flour mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl, beating until incorporated.
  9. Pour the batter in the prepared baking dish, and set aside.
Make the Topping
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together both sugars, salt, and cinnamon; add melted butter and continue to whisk until thoroughly combined.
  2. Fold in the flour until absorbed; drop chunks of the topping over the entire cake.
  3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pan for 30 minutes and serve.
  5. Cake will last for 3 days, covered, at room temperature.
Adapted from Baked Explorations


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  1. Heather April 14, 2013 at 3:38 PM - Reply

    Just made these for breakfast wow very yummy and not that hard!

  2. Helene March 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM - Reply

    I saw this picture on Pinterest and I had to come comment. This looks super delicious!!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Chris March 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM - Reply

    That is a wonderful looking cake. I don’t believe in reserving special foods or drinks for special days, well, sometimes not even for special times of a day.

  4. Elyse @The Cultural Dish February 28, 2013 at 6:26 AM - Reply

    I have never had New York style crumb cake, but every time I see one, I always say that I need to try some! Yours look so delicious and has once again convinced me that I really need to try some! :)

  5. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts February 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM - Reply

    This is the 2nd coffee cake recipe I have seen today, and now I have a serious craving!

  6. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) February 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM - Reply

    I love crumb cake and my DVR and think staying at home and working is way harder than people realize. And I stay in my track suits all day :)

  7. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM - Reply

    A day in my pjs is the very best kind! That is exactly how I’d spend every day if I could.

  8. SprungAtLast February 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM - Reply

    Oh, how lovely. I had a couple of days like that recently – didn’t do a blessed thing and it felt wonderful. The coffee cake sounds like the perfect thing to enjoy on a day like that!

  9. Holly February 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM - Reply

    I can relate! I am in yoga pants now, only because I had to get out of pjs to take my older son to school. Younger son is home sick with pneumonia. Your crumb cake would cheer both of us up! Going to check the fridge for ingredients.

  10. Ellie @ Ginger Bear Kitchen February 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM - Reply

    I’m currently sitting in my pajamas on the couch writing grant proposals (and perusing Tastespotting :) ) I think this coffee cake would fit my day perfectly! I’m pretty sure I’ve got all the ingredients and grant writing can always wait…

  11. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen February 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM - Reply

    Oh, Kate…Baked Explorations (all of their books as a matter of fact) ROCKS! I’m a big believer in massive amounts of streusel for coffee cakes. And, all-day PJ Days. I think you may faint when I do my post for an upcoming streusel-packed coffee cake. I won’t be held responsible as to how much you scarf down, LOL! The world can never have enough sour cream coffee cake. Or coffee drinks. Thanks for sharing the recipe! xo

  12. Joy February 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM - Reply

    Just gonna presume the sour cream goes in with the eggs? This looks like just the thing to celebrate our daughter coming home for the weekend!

  13. Sandra's Easy Cooking February 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM - Reply

    I don’t have babies around anymore, but that was my typical morning…however now i drop them off in school and change in my home attire “PJ” hehehe…more comfy and nobody around to make fun of me lol!
    Oh I would love to sip on latte and eat that cake with you…

  14. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM - Reply

    “stay home one full day with the kids, and make breakfast, and lunch, and dinner, and snacks, and laundry, and play with the kids, and change diapers, and listen to Barney, and say NO to everything” <—— LOL Me too!! Except for us it's Daniel Tiger. :) Such a relief to know there are other moms whose days looks similar to mine! This crumb cake – oh my goodness! Love love love it! Pinning to make it soon!

  15. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite February 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM - Reply

    This crumb cake would go so fast in my house! I know I could put away several slices myself!

  16. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen February 26, 2013 at 8:13 AM - Reply

    I agree this is a recipe we should all make. Scrumptious Kate! Sometimes I go close the blinds and lock the door before I go to bed and realize I never left the house during the day… it happens.

  17. Carol | a cup of mascarpone February 26, 2013 at 6:03 AM - Reply

    I don’t think I could have stopped at two slices of this beautiful crumb cake! Just lovely, Kate!! …and you deserve a day in your pj’s…they’re the best!

  18. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 26, 2013 at 5:45 AM - Reply

    No way this cake would last for 3 days in my house. Sour cream + brown sugar? Only thing missing is the strawberries, and I’ve got a cake for that magical trinity when the strawberries start appearing in a few months. In the meantime, this–and I think I’ll use my sour cream in this not the pierogies! [Thanks for the boiling suggestion. I’ve boiled then saut√©ed mandoo and gyoza so pierogies should work the same way.] Thanks!

  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM - Reply

    Yes and yes! (to both the PJ’s and the crumb cake, that is pure fabulousness!)

  20. Laura February 25, 2013 at 11:51 PM - Reply

    I agree, for SAHMs pajamas bear no relation to the work done. And OMG that cake looks good. Lots of topping. I want a slice NOW. :)

  21. Valerie February 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM - Reply

    I love all-day pajama days! (So rare.)
    Beautiful cake- that ratio of streusel to “cake” is perfect. Love the font you used too!

  22. mjskit February 25, 2013 at 10:58 PM - Reply

    Sounds like you had a great day! I work from home, so on days when I have no place to go, I usually stay in my sweats all day, especially if it’s cold outside! Well, I’ve never made a crumb cake, so I guess it’s time. This one looks SO good, so it’s a good place to start! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Averie @Averie Cooks February 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM - Reply

    I’ve seen this Baked recipe redone on other blogs and I have to say, you made it best :)

    I LOVE a thick, chunky and hunky layer of streusel and that’s what this is – beautiful!

  24. Nami | Just One Cookbook February 25, 2013 at 10:27 PM - Reply

    If I could I would LOVE to switch places with you! I want to stay in PJ all day (and won’t feel ashamed) and eat this NY style crumb cake…and I may not even change to yoga pants before my husband comes home. It’s a very productive “relaxing” day, ya? It’s 60F here with beautiful sunshine, so I won’t judge. I might be in bed all day at 15F if I don’t have kids. =D This looks yum!

  25. A_Boleyn February 25, 2013 at 9:17 PM - Reply

    A very yummy cake and a great breakfast, lunch or dinner meal or snack. :)

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