NY Crumb Coffee Cake

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NY Style Coffee Crumb CakeThis is a delicious, classic NY Crumb Coffee Cake just like the kind you would find in your favorite coffee shop. A tender cake topped with large chunks of cinnamon sugar goodness. When I was in college I spent a year working at Starbucks, where we served a cake similar to this. A great little location, barely 15 feet across and connected to a Crate and Barrel and neighboring a delicious chicken restaurant called Chicken Out. It was my first job (that I got it so randomly!), but I enjoyed every day of it because my best friend and I worked there together and the cast of characters we worked with were the kind you just could not make up.

One day I was in the coffee shop with my friend, we were standing next to the bar waiting for our drinks and I offhandedly commented that I thought it would be so much fun to work there. The assistant manager heard me and ran out from behind the bar to interview me on the spot. They had lost a couple of employees and were running really short staffed. The next day I started work! In every experience there are things you are thankful for. When it comes to that first job, I am thankful for the responsibility it gave me, the lifelong friends I made and the knowledge of how to make any espresso drink I love the old fashioned way, before the introduction of the machines they have now (all they have to do now is press a button for it to pull a new espresso shot! I would have LOVED that!). This coffee cake, along with a couple of other desserts I still make to this day, remind me of that time. It is a dead ringer for the delicious crumb cake we would serve, which was always our first baked good that we sold out of and to this day I remember the delicious buttery cinnamon smell of it, and the soft delicate nature of the cake.

To make the Crumb Topping: Add sugar, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter into a bowl.  Whisk together and add in cake flour until combined. Wet Dry
Form into a dough ball.  Let sit until you are done making the cake.Topping

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To make the Cake:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Use baking spray or butter and flour a square 8×8 pan. In a stand mixer, add flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. On low speed, add butter in pieces. Mix for 1-2 minutes, or until you no longer see the butter and the mixture looks like a crumble. CrumbleAdd in your remaining cake ingredients, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and buttermilk. Mix until light and fluffy, another 1-2 minutes. Pour and spread cake batter into greased baking pan. Take the topping dough and break apart into chunks about the size of marbles over the dough in a uniform pattern. Crumb Topped
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife is inserted and comes out clean. Let cool, then dust with powdered sugar. Cake Top

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Delicious, classic NY Crumb Coffee Cake just like the kind you would find in your favorite coffee shop, a tender cake topped with large chunks of cinnamon sugar goodness!
Delicious, classic NY Crumb Coffee Cake just like the kind you would find in your favorite coffee shop, a tender cake topped with large chunks of cinnamon sugar goodness!
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NY Crumb Coffee Cake

Delicious, classic NY Crumb Coffee Cake just like the kind you would find in your favorite coffee shop, a tender cake topped with large chunks of cinnamon sugar goodness!
Course Breakfast, Brunch &amp
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9 generous servings
Author Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), cut into small pieces, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • Crumb Topping:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and still warm
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour (7 ounces)
  • Additional:
  • Powdered Sugar for garnish

Instructions

  1. Crumb Topping:
  2. Add sugar, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and butter into a bowl.
  3. Whisk together and add in cake flour until combined. Form into a dough ball.
  4. Let sit until you are done making the cake.
  5. Cake:
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  7. Use baking spray or butter and flour a square 8x8 pan.
  8. In a stand mixer, add flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt
  9. On low speed, add butter in pieces.
  10. Mix for 1-2 minutes, or until you no longer see the butter and the mixture looks like a crumble.
  11. Add in your remaining cake ingredients, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and buttermilk
  12. Mix until light and fluffy, another 1-2 minutes.
  13. Pour and spread cake batter into greased baking pan.
  14. Take the topping dough and break apart into chunks about the size of marbles over the dough in a uniform pattern.
  15. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife is inserted and comes out clean.
  16. Let cool, then dust with powdered sugar

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated

Delicious, classic NY Crumb Coffee Cake just like the kind you would find in your favorite coffee shop, a tender cake topped with large chunks of cinnamon sugar goodness!

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