New York-Style Crumb Cake (ATK)

"All I can say is W-O-W!!! America's Test Kitchen does it again!!! My favorite year-round pastry at Starbucks is their crumb cake. Nothing could match it... until now. This is absolutely the best crumb cake I've ever tasted. And best of all, it's not difficult to make. I must admit that I began to doubt ATK's method, for both the crumb and the cake. But, everything worked as they said. The house smelled wonderful while it was baking, and the end result - well - just make this for yourself and you'll see! Note: servings said 16, but that's for 2 inch squares. No way! I say 8 at most."

Original recipe yields 16 servings
  • Do NOT use regular flour, or it will be tough. For easy DIY: Place 2 Tbsp. corn starch in a one cup measure, add flour to fill. Repeat for as many cups as you need. Sift AT LEAST five times before using
  • Garnish


  • Serving Size: 1 (60.5 g)
  • Calories 237.3
  • Total Fat - 11.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 51.8 mg
  • Sodium - 142.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 31.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.5 g
  • Sugars - 15.7 g
  • Protein - 3.9 g
  • Calcium - 21.2 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg


Step 1

Place a rack in the upper-middle position of the oven. Preheat oven to 325°F.

Step 2

In a bowl, combine white sugar, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon, mixing well with your fingers until there are no lumps. Add melted butter and stir until smooth. Stir in cake flour until fully combined.

Step 3

Set aside at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, to allow the gluten to relax, 10-15 minutes.


Step 4

In work bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda using the paddle. With the mixer running on medium-low, add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting until each piece breaks down before adding the next. Continue mixing until it has a uniform sandy texture.

Step 5

Add the vanilla, buttermilk, egg and egg yolk. Run mixer on medium-high until batter is smooth and thick, at least 1 minute. The batter will be very thick, almost like frosting.

Step 6

Spray an 8"-square baking pan with non-stick spray. Cut a piece of parchment paper 16" by 7 1/2", and lay it into the pan, allowing 2" to overhang each side. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Step 7

Break the crumb mixture into pieces the size of large peas or small pebbles. Spread crumbs around the outer edge of the pan first, then evenly fill in the center.

Step 8

Place pan in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean. Cool cake in pan 30 minutes. Dust top with powdered sugar, then remove cake from pan using parchment sling. Cut into 16 2" squares. (Right? You know you'd eat three pieces, so cut them bigger!!!)

Tips & Variations

  • Stand Mixer
  • Parchment Paper



My daughter made this and it is the best crumb cake! We like having different things for breakfast and we will enjoy this again.

review by:
(1 Sep 2020)


Love this delicious crumb cake! We enjoyed it very much with our coffe this morning. So much more indulgent then our usual breakfast. This will be made many more times.

review by:
(24 Aug 2020)


This is a BIG WOW! Soo good! We salivated at every bite. This is on my Fave list and love how all the flavors just blend so well. Thank you for sharing JostLori. Made it for CQ3 - New York, 2016.

review by:
(25 Aug 2016)


Delicious. More like a coffee cake, and very rich, with all that butter :). Will keep this one for special occasions.

review by:
(14 Aug 2016)