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Cinnamon Coffee Crumb Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Crumb Cake

I’m a big lover of cinnamon, and the sugary crumbles have helped coffee cake become one of my all-time favorites. So, why not try to make it myself? I’m pleased to say that this recipe worked great. I’d like to improve the crumbles next time, maybe a bit more flour and butter? I found a good recipe online, but took about 3/4 of the original proportions to fit my bakeware. Also, I was concerned about sweetness so I left out a filling layer, that’s basically butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar (just like the topping). 44 minutes bake time was perfect in our oven, start checking it around 40 mins to ensure you don’t over bake. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Coffee Crumb Cake

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 45m
  • Total Time: 1h 15m



  • 6 tbsp. Butter, softened
  • 2/3 c Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 c Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 2/3 c Milk


  • 5 tbsp. Butter, lightly softened but still cold
  • 3/4 c Flour
  • 1/3 c Brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp. Ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9x5 baking dish, lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. For the topping, put the softened butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and other spices (optional) in a bowl and massage together with your hands or a fork until coarse crumbs form. If you're finding it's not getting crumbly enough, add flour 1 tsp at a time and continue combining.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and light in color. Scrape down the sides occasionally with a spatula.
  4. Add the vanilla and egg, mix in.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift and whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add a third of the flour to the wet mixture and fold until just incorporated. Fold in the milk, and when combined, add the rest of the flour.
  7. Pour all the cake batter in the baking dish, and spread to all edges evenly (an offset palette knife works well for this).
  8. Sprinkle the topping over the batter evenly, and press lightly with your hand to flatten and adhere it to the cake.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for around 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

Baking dish ready for the topping

Spread the topping out evenly, and gently flatten with your hand fanned out.

Looking crumbly!

I greased my pan with butter which browned the crust with a nice, rich firmness.