How to Make Perfect Crumb Topping

How to Make Perfect Crumb Topping

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crumb topping

Crumb topping is the star of apple crumb pie and coffee cake and many muffin recipes would be lost causes with out crumbs.  However, as a cupcake maven, I lament the fact that you rarely find crumb topping on cupcakes. Perhaps this is because using a crumb topping leaves an uneven surface, which makes things difficult/ugly to frost.  Never fear, cupcake fans, I have a solution!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Bake the crumb topping separately and put the crumb topping on top of the frosting just before serving!  Today, I’m sharing a recipe for the perfect crumb topping that you can make on a cookie sheet.  Just bake the crumb topping.  Then, use it to top anything;  I recommend ice cream, cupcakes and frosted cookies (or you could always just eat it by the spoonful!).

The recipe below for the perfect crumb topping is slightly adapted from a pie crumb recipe on All Recipes to turn it into a crumb only recipe:

  1. Using your hands, mix equal parts brown sugar and flour with half as much unsalted butter (e.g. 1/2 C brown sugar, 1/2 C flour, 1/4 C butter). It should stick together and form crumbs.
  2. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.
  4. Crumble any pieces that stuck together and put the crumbs on everything in sight!

Note: The cupcake in the photo is my sweet potato casserole cupcake.

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6 comments on “How to Make 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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