Thursday, November 8, 2012

New Jersey Crumb Cake

If you are from New Jersey or New York you will love this recipe for "crumb buns".  We would get them every Sunday from the local bakery (now closed).

  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 8 x 8 baking pan with nonstick spray.  Set aside.  In a medium bowl, sift together 1-1/2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt.  In a second bowl, whisk together egg, milk, canola oil and vanilla.  Fold dry ingredients into egg mixture.

Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.  In a medium bowl, combining remaining 2-1/2 cups flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Pour melted butter over flour mixture and toss together until large crumbs form.  Sprinkle crumbs over batter.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Dust liberally with confectioner's sugar.  Cut into squares.

~Adapted from Martha Stewart 



  1. Looks great, I've had more than my share! There are a few bakeries in Philly that sell a bunch of these too:@)

  2. My daughter loves crumb cake and your recipe looks delicious!!Bookmarked to try very soon :)

  3. This is amazing! I love crumb cakes and I look forward to making this soon. It is our Spotlight of the Week too...thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  4. I just saw your feature on Flour me with Love, I have to make this soon. I will be featuring this recipe when I make it, I will keep you posted.

    I made the coffee cake and LOVE it. Two years ago I was looking for a great coffee cake recipe,I finally gave up. I wish I found this recipe then, I was making it for an auction dessert.

  6. I found you from Mix It Up Monday. I love crumb cake! I just printed up the recipe to make tomorrow. Thank you! :)

  7. It looks really good! Would perfect with morning cup of coffee.

  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been looking for a good crumb cake recipe and I think this is it! Can't wait to try it out this weekend.

  9. This is the best crumb cake I have ever made. I will be making to take to my kids house!!

  10. I substitute gluten free flour and it's amazing. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I am.looking for NJ "bun". The texture is different from "cake". Help please

  12. Thanks. Looks like my next glass pf milk has yummy company.

  13. you people who say the recipe looks good and plan to try it are no help at all but just wasting our reading time and space. We want to hear from NJ people who have ACTUALLY TRIED IT and verify that they are like the 'crumb buns' we get in our local NJ bakery. Ours seem to have a more 'yeasty' texture under 'giganamous' crumbs.

  14. I'm from NJ though I've lived in Florida for many years. I miss crumb buns, though my cousins who still live there tell me they are hard to find these days. I did try this. It's delicious, but it's not crumb *buns*. It's some sort of crumb cake. Crumb buns have a yeasty texture, not like cake. Also the topping is supposed to be more crumbly, like crumbs. It's yummy and my Florida raised husband and son loved it, but if you're looking to make good old Jersey crumb buns keep trying.

    1. the recipe you are looking for is made with yeast . I am from Jersey also and know what you are talking about.A bun not a cake.The bakeries used to sell a variety of buns some with lemon or cheese in middle and also raisin buns with an icing on them. You may want to look for a sweet yeast roll recipe and ust this crumb topping recipe with it.


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