Gingerbread Crumb Cake

16 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Gingerbread Crumb Cake is the best holiday coffee cake ever! Moist, easy gingerbread molasses spice cake topped with a buttery brown sugar cinnamon crumble.

New York Crumb Cake is a classic holiday breakfast, but there’s no doubt this Gingerbread Cookie-inspired Coffee Cake is THE perfect recipe for Christmas Brunch!

Gingerbread Crumb Cake in baking pan


Gingerbread is so full of warm and cozy holiday flavor, it’s hard not to picture rows of cute little Gingerbread boys and girls when you hear “Christmas Cookie”. A bite of gingery, molasses-y gingerbread feels like a big wintery hug. Some people wait all year for pumpkin everything, but this easy coffee cake recipe is for the die-hard Gingerbread latte crowd – we see you and we get you!

Gingerbread Crumb Cake has all the best parts of gingerbread, full of ginger and rich molasses flavor, in a tender and moist cake. The crumble is buttery with more molasses flavor from the dark brown sugar, the perfect topping for this holiday coffee cake. Everything in the topping is also used in the cake, so prepping is easy and the cake is ready to bake in no time.


This Gingerbread Crumb Cake is sure to be a crowd-pleasing brunch dish! It keeps well at room temperature for days so you can make it ahead of time for an easy, ready to go breakfast on Christmas morning. Treat Santa well this year and swap out cookies with a big piece of this tasty Gingerbread Crumb Cake topped with Whipped Cream.

What goes better with gingerbread than eggnog? Serve Gingerbread Crumb Cake with a glass of Homemade Eggnog, Use a little extra ‘nog to make a glaze for your coffee cake with our quick recipe below. You can also turn Sugar Cookie Frosting into a glaze by leaving out the shortening. If you want a drizzle, but don’t want a powdered sugar glaze, try Salted Caramel Sauce or Chocolate Ganache!

Gingerbread Crumb Cake slice on spatula


  • Cream Cheese: Make an ultra decadent Gingerbread Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. Mix 2 packs (8 oz each) softened cream cheese, ½ cup sugar, and 1 egg. Pour ½ of the cake batter into pan. Dollop cream cheese filling and gently spread a little. Top with remaining cake batter and crumb topping before baking as usual.
  • Pumpkin Gingerbread: Combine two holiday flavors by folding in 1 can Pumpkin Puree, 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice, and ½ cup chopped pecans to the batter.
  • Orange Gingerbread: Zesty orange tastes delicious with gingerbread! Add a tablespoon orange zest and up to ¼ cup fresh orange juice. You can also use 1 teaspoon orange extract, but fresh is definitely better!
  • Fall and Winter Flavors: More fall and winter flavors you can try in Gingerbread Crumb Cake are maple, hazelnut, and apple. Try adding maple syrup, chocolate hazelnut spread, or apple butter.
  • Mix-Ins: You can fold in up to a ½ cup mix-ins like candied ginger pieces, diced apples, raisins, chopped walnuts or pecans, carrot shreds, or sweetened coconut flakes.
  • Gingerbread Crumb Muffins: Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with gingerbread cake batter, top with crumble, and bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. This recipe should make about 20-24 muffins.
  • Gingerbread Crumb Bundt Cake: Grease a tube pan or springform bundt pan well and pour batter into pan. Top with crumble and bake for 60-65 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before removing bottom of pan. You don’t want to bake inverted in a bundt pan because the crumb topping won’t brown and will absorb into the cake.

Eggnog Glaze for Gingerbread Crumb Cake

Whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons Eggnog, ¼ cinnamon, and a pinch nutmeg. Add more eggnog to get the desired consistency. A tip for to know if your glaze is a good consistency is to drizzle a little over a cracker and wait 2- minutes. If it doesn’t disappear, you are good to go! Make sure your cake is completely cooled before drizzling with glaze.


  • Serve: Gingerbread Crumb Cake is best served warm or at room temperature. Store at room temperature covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil for up to 3 days.
  • Store: Refrigerate Gingerbread Crumb Cake in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Loosely place a paper towel under the lid to absorb moisture. Bring to room temperature to serve.
  • Freeze: Cool cake completely before freezing. Wrap pan in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze Gingerbread Crumb Cake for up to 3 months. Remove plastic wrap before thawing so moisture doesn’t collect. Reheat in the oven on low or bring to room temperature before serving.

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Gingerbread Crumb Cake

Gingerbread Crumb Cake is the best holiday coffee cake ever! Moist, easy gingerbread molasses spice cake topped with a buttery brown sugar cinnamon crumble.
Yield 16 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar , packed
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk

Crumb Topping:

  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar , packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour


Prepare crumb topping:

  • Add brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter into a bowl.
  • Whisk together and add in cake flour until combined.
  • Form into a dough ball. Let sit until you are done making the cake.

Coffee Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with baking spray.
  • In your stand mixer cream the butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the molasses and eggs until combined.
  • Sift together whole wheat flour, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients and buttermilk, alternating half and half to the stand mixture on the lowest speed until just combined.
  • Pour the mixture into your baking dish pan and spread evenly.
  • Take the topping dough and break apart into chunks about the size of marbles over the cake batter in a uniform pattern.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife is inserted and comes out clean.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 407IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Hi! This sounds super delicious. Just curious as to why you call for cake flour for the crumb topping?? Would all purpose flour work as well I hope?

    1. Instead of trying to get the “science” right on this answer I went to King Arthur Flour for your answer 🙂
      Unbleached cake flour has a protein content of 10%, while all-purpose flour has a protein content of 11.7%. The lower protein content in cake flour means it has less gluten-forming potential, making it better suited to cakes.

    1. Yes you can. It will affect the texture of your cake. Let us know what you decided to use instead and how your cake turned out!

  2. I just made this and realized in the list of ingredients it shows 1 teaspoon of vanilla however, in the description it doesn’t mention vanilla anywhere, so I did not put it in. I hope I didn’t waste all that time and effort.

    1. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. That’s an “oops”. How did your cake turn out?

  3. This really is a cozy and comforting cake, and super delicious! I love the big crumbles on top, they are my favorite part!