Cinnamon Crumb Cake

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This simple, classic cinnamon crumb cake is topped with big, fat crumbs and has a sweet stripe of cinnamon and sugar down the middle!

Crumb Cake

This is the perfect brunch cake, but it’s also wonderful for snacking on at any time of the day. I can’t help but pick crumbs off the top whenever I walk by.


You’ll need a full tablespoon of cinnamon for this cake to make the wonderful cinnamon swirl. You may also want to have a little extra cinnamon on hand, to do a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar on top of the crumbs.

I use full-fat sour cream to make the cake nice and moist and highly recommend you do the same. The cake won’t taste exactly the same if you make a substitution, but you can use yogurt or Greek yogurt if that’s what you have on hand.

Rolled oats, not steel-cut oats, are essential for the amazing crumb topping.

The rest of the recipe’s ingredients are pantry staples – sugar, brown sugar, butter, eggs, flour, and the like.

How It’s Made

Start by mixing cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and putting that aside. You’ll use it in a bit.

Next, cream butter and sugars in a mixing bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients a little bit at a time to the wet mixture until everything is just combined.

Now comes one of my favorite parts of this cake – the cinnamon sugar layer. It’s really easy to add; spread half of the batter in the pan, and then top with cinnamon and sugar.

Cinnamon sugar topping

Cover that layer with the second half of the batter.

adding batter

Crumb cake would just be cake without the topping. People make crumb topping in many different ways, but my favorite topping is a mixture of melted butter, brown sugar, flour, and rolled oats. Spread the crumbs over the top of the cake before baking.

Once the cake is out of the oven, let it cool to room temperature and dust with cinnamon and powered sugar.

Crumb Cake

Expert Tips and FAQs

What can I use instead of sour cream?

I’ve done extensive testing and I’ve found that you can replace the sour cream with yogurt or Greek yogurt and not notice any difference in texture. Use whatever you have on hand.

How do you recommend presenting the cake?

I dust the cake with cinnamon and powdered sugar when I’m done because I love the taste and look. Although the cake is quite sweet and doesn’t really need it, it also looks nice with a simple glaze made of milk and powdered sugar.

How can I store the cake?

This cake lasts about three days in an airtight container. But, you can also freeze it for months or freeze individual slices and bring to room temperature before enjoying.

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Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Sometimes crumb cakes lean towards dry – not so with this one! It is super moist from sour cream and tastes of brown sugar and cinnamon.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 528kcal
Author Stefani


Cinnamon Sugar Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Crumb Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons light brown sugar same as 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • 6 tablespoons rolled oats same as 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons


Cinnamon Sugar Instructions

  • Mix ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Cake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Beat butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time.
  • Beat in sour cream and vanilla.
  • In a separate medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients a little bit at a time until just combined.
  • Spread half of the batter into a greased 8" square cake pan.
  • Spread cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the poured batter.
  • Top with the remaining batter.

Crumb and Baking Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until large crumbs form.
  • Top the batter with the crumbs.
  • Bake for 75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Optionally, sprinkle with a little more cinnamon and dust with powdered sugar.


You can substitute yogurt (plain or Greek) for the sour cream if that’s what you have on hand.
Adapted from AllRecipes Sour Cream Coffee Cake III.


Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 868IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg
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