Sugar Crumb Cake

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Sugar Crumb Cake-this coffee cake is great for breakfast or dessert!

Sugar Crumb Cake-this coffee cake is great for breakfast or dessert!

Remember life before Pinterest? When all the great ideas you wanted to someday get around to doing, you found them in magazines. And then you would cut out the page of that great idea and save it somewhere? In a folder, or notebook. Shoved into a shoebox filled with dozens of other great ideas from magazines you want to someday get around to doing.

It could have been a decorating idea, pretty pillows, a color scheme, dreamy furniture, garden ideas. I always loved (still do) those outdoor rooms.

Sugar Crumb Cake-this coffee cake is great for breakfast or dessert!

You’d look forward to the mail towards the beginning of the month because that’s when all the magazines came in. Yeah, the bills came too, but you’d put those to the side and immediately start flipping through the magazines. Vibrant, eye catching photos would jump out at you, making you want whatever was pictured.

It was always a great/horrible day when more than one magazine arrived. Then you had to decide which one to look through first.

Sugar Crumb Cake-this coffee cake is great for breakfast or dessert!

Now we have Pinterest, millions of photos, of any topic we want. Food, Food AND more FOOD! Diy projects. Fabulous Homes. Fashion. Animals-let me tell you, pet shaming is not a fad that’s going away anytime soon.

Pinterest has even become a place to share your stories. Make a theme board and get creative. Here’s the best board like this I’ve found so far-My Imaginary Well Dressed Toddler Daughter , I promise, the captions Tiffany ads to her pins will make you snort milk/soda/coffee out your nose, so don’t be drinking while reading them. This is one of my favorites from her board. I need to find Bushwick’s recipe.

Sugar Crumb Cake-this coffee cake is great for breakfast or dessert!

So I don’t get many magazines any more, in fact the only ones I do get were practically free. But I do love looking through them, and I keep them (all of them) for future reference. I don’t tear them up any more. Now I use post-its to stick out of the tops to mark the pages of things I want to look at again.

That doesn’t mean I don’t have scraps of paper tucked into the back of cookbooks, stuffed in drawers, from long ago. Well worn, well used, tried and true recipes with drips of batter wiped off and smearing the print.

This Sugar Crumb Cake is from one of those scraps.  who knows which magazine it came from. I can only tell you old. And faded. And well smudged. A good recipe to keep.

Sugar Crumb Cake-this coffee cake is great for breakfast or dessert!

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Sugar Crumb Cake

Sugar Crumb Cake


    for the cake
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • for the crumb
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Make your crumb mixture-In a medium bowl combine all ingredients, until crumbly.
  2. In large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder and sugar. Cut in butter either using a pastry blender or using a stand mixer on the slowest speed until a fine crumb forms. Using a mixer it takes about 4-5 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla. Slowly add egg/milk mixture to flour mixture until well blended and smooth.
  4. In a 9 x 13 greased baking pan, spread half of batter evenly to cover bottom of pan. Sprinkle half of crumb mixture evenly over bottom layer of batter. Spoon remaining batter evenly over top then cover with remaining crumb topping.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Serve warm or let cool completely.


Sugar Crumb Cake-this coffee cake is great for breakfast or dessert!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. LoverOfAnythingChocolate says:

    That looks so amazing!! MMMM….! I just want to reach into the screen now….. Come to me, coffee cake! 🙂 😛

  2. Sugar Crumb Cake-Hi, I was wanting to know if you are able to add blueberries/apples/peaches to the middle of this cake?

  3. Boy does that ever look tasty! Also, you have to love anyone who has a daughter name Quinoa – imaginary or otherwise!

  4. Lmao – I totally followed that Pinterest board. I haven’t laughed that hard all day. I still get magazines delivered and I look forward to them every month. Plus, I have a giant binder bursting with recipes that i clip out of magazines and print off the internet. As fabulous as it is to do quick searches online, I still love having paper in my hands. This crumb cake looks incredible, Joan. Pinning (and printing, lol) this recipe!

  5. I kinda miss magazines too but omg I am so excited to look at that pinterest board!

    I’m also so excited about this cake-it looks like the perfect breakfast, so full of delicious brown sugar and cinnamon, mmm

  6. This cake looks super yummy with all that streusel! I still have tons of magazine and newspaper clippings and I find all my Interest pins kind of go into the abyss of my boards 🙁

  7. I made the Sugar Crumb Cake yesterday and all I can say is WOW!!!! It’s easy to make, moist and sooo delicious. I’m thinking of making it for company in two weeks. I’m so glad I found your website. Thank you.

  8. To save time, could you use a yellow cake mix for the cake part?

  9. Jennifer Ynacay says:

    I am making this right now. I found the recipe on the back of a bag of Clover Valley sugar! Same exact recipe! It smells really good. I hope mine turns out looking as pretty as yours!

  10. I made this cake and it was awesome so moist and tasty!!! I am low on butter and want to bake this today do you think I could sub palm shortening for the butter in the cake? Would I need to add salt because I am not using salted butter?

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