How to Make the Perfect Crumb Topping

How to Make the Perfect Crumb Topping

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Perfect Crumb Topping

Perfect Crumb Topping

I like big fat crumb toppings on just about any dessert.  Over the years, I’ve developed the perfect crumb topping recipe (some might call it a streusel topping) that I use on basically any recipe that I want to make even better!

This crumb topping recipe comes together really easily and can be added to the top of your dessert just before putting it into the oven.

Here’s the crumb topping on raspberry scones:

Raspberry Scones

Here it is on coffee cake:

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

And, in what may be my absolute favorite variation, here is a cookie made entirely of crumbs.  I call it a crumb cookie!

Crumb Cookies

My crumb topping recipe uses oats, which makes it a little different from some of the others that you might find.  The oats help give the crumbs more texture and structure and make them extra satisfying!

No matter how you choose to use this crumb topping recipe, you can’t go wrong.  Please share pictures of your crumb-topped desserts on Instagram with the hashtag #cupcakeproject so I can see them all!

How to Make Perfect Crumb Topping

Yield: Enough crumbs to top an 8" cake

How to Make Perfect Crumb Topping


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats


  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until large crumbs form.
  2. Top your favorite dessert with the crumbs just before baking.
  3. Bake according to the recipe's instructions.


Adding crumbs may cause the bake time of your recipes to change. Be sure to check your dessert for doneness before removing it from the oven.

crumb topping


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6 comments on “How to Make the Perfect Crumb Topping”

  1. I love crumb topping! Great idea. Would be perfect on top of an apple cupcake with maple cream cheese frosting, or something like that.

  2. veggievixen says:

    coolio! i never thought of putting it on cupcakes.

  3. Karen says:

    Mmmmm, crumb topping makes everything better!

  4. Anonymous says:

    These look like they are going to be delicious…I can’t wait to see the review!
    ps – got my cupcake stackers – how great are they? Need to get some more to make a real tower! Thanks. Jere

  5. nichola says:


    do you think its possible to cook this strusal crumb topping like you said and then set it on top of a crumb cake?

    its just it sinks into my crumb cake everytime i make it thanks

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