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This coffee crumble cake is a coffee cake with a generous streusel topping that everyone will love. It’s made with an oil-based cake batter that produces a light and airy cake.

A top view of a coffee cake.
Homemade Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

A good coffee cake recipe is a must-have. In fact, I have used this basic recipe so many times with so many variations. Why? Because I call it my lazy cake. Since it needs only a whisk to combine everything together. Often, in summer, I add some sliced fruits before baking to make a fruit-topped coffee cake such as apricot cake, peach cake, plum cake, etc. And yet, sometimes, I don’t add the streusel over the fruit. Works perfectly every single time.

About this cake

This is a classic coffee cake batter with a streusel topping. Today, I am using my oil-based cake batter. Previously, I’ve shared my butter-based cake batter when I shared my sour cream coffee cake and cinnamon sugar coffee cake.

And, the best thing about this recipe, is you don’t need a lot of equipment, not even an electric mixer. Of course, you can certainly use a mixer to make it, but a bowl and whisk are really all you need.

In addition, the streusel topping is one that makes a huge difference in such cakes, and this one is finger-licking delicious.

Coffee cake squares on a wooden board.
Homemade Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping
Coffee cake squares on a wooden board.
Homemade Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

Ingredients and substitutes

  • All-purpose flour – I use regular all-purpose flour. So, if you use cake flour, reduce the baking powder in the recipe by 1/2 tsp.
  • Sugar – I’m using white sugar, but you can certainly use both white or brown.
  • Oil – Gives this cake a light and airy texture. So, make sure to combine it well with the eggs.
  • Sour cream – Gives a nice soft crumb and texture to the cake. And yet, if you don’t have sour cream, Greek yogurt is often a great substitute. You can also make homemade sour cream.
  • Vanilla – Priced like gold, but so important to use good quality vanilla. I make my own vanilla extract, bean paste, and vanilla sugar.
A square coffee cake on a wooden board.
Homemade Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

Step by step instructions

Prepare streusel

  • In a bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, and flour.
  • Grate the chilled butter – combine well.
  • Place in the fridge to keep chilled.
A mixing bowl with cake ingredients.
Homemade Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

Cake batter

  • Grease and line a 9 x 9-inch square cake pan.
  • Preheat the oven at 160 C / 320 F.
  • Combine flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt – set aside.
  • Whip together the eggs and oil.
  • Add the sugar, followed by the sour cream.
  • Next, add the vanilla.
  • Lastly, add the flour mixture. Combine well.
Prepare the dry ingredients for the coffee cakeCoffee Crumble Cake Progress Pictures2
Add the sour cream to the coffee cake batterCoffee Crumble Cake Progress Pictures4
Whip the oil and egg until light and airyCoffee Crumble Cake Progress Pictures3
Add the flour to the coffee cake batterCoffee Crumble Cake Progress Pictures5
  • Pour into the prepared baking pan. Use an offset spatula to spread evenly .
  • Generously top with the prepared streusel mixture.
Pour the coffee cake batter into the baking panCoffee Crumble Cake Progress Pictures6
Top the coffee cake batter with streusel toppingCoffee Crumble Cake Progress Pictures8
Spread the coffee cake with a spatulaCoffee Crumble Cake Progress Pictures7
Bake the coffee cake for 25 to 30 minutesCoffee Crumble Cake Progress Pictures9
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
A square coffee cake in a baking tray.
Homemade Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping

Frequently asked questions

How long will this coffee crumble cake keep?

This coffee crumble cake will keep at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. In the fridge for up to a week and can be frozen for up to a month. Make sure to wrap well to prevent it from drying out.

What flour should I use for this cake?

I use all-purpose flour and it works wonderfully in this recipe.

What else can I use instead of streusel topping?

If you want to omit the streusel topping. Try serving the coffee cake with whipped cream and fresh fruits. You can try fruit coulis or fruit fillings. My favorite is blueberry filling and cherry filling. Also, If you love curds try lemon curd or orange curd. Try my cinnamon sugar coffee cake

Can I make this an eggless coffee cake?

No, this recipe works best with eggs but I do have an eggless vanilla cake that is very popular with my visitors. Perhaps you can use that for the batter and top it with cinnamon sugar.

How do I bake a perfect cake from scratch?

Baking a cake from scratch is simple and easy. I have shared 10 tips to baking a cake from scratch that you may like to check out

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Coffee Crumble Cake

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 225kcal
Adjust Servings Here: 16 slices

Description

This coffee crumble cake is a coffee cake with a generous streusel topping that everyone will love. An oil-based cake batter that produces a light and airy cake.

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Ingredients 

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Instructions

Prepare Streusel

  • In a bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, and flour.
  • Grate the chilled butter – combine well.
  • Place in the fridge to keep chilled.

Cake batter

  • Grease and line a 9 x 9-inch square cake pan.
  • Preheat the oven at 160 C / 320 F.
  • Combine flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt – set aside.
  • Whip together the eggs and oil.
  • Add the sugar, followed by the sour cream.
  • Next, add the vanilla.
  • Lastly, add the flour mixture. Combine well.
  • Pour into the prepared baking pan. Use an offset spatula to spread evenly.
  • Generously top with the prepared streusel mixture.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes & Tips

Tips for making this coffee cake 

  • Crumble the streusel until you have close to breadcrumb consistency. Leave some big size crumbs as the look and taste wonderful.
  • You can add 1/4 tsp cinnamon to the streusel mixture
  • You can replace the white sugar to brown sugar in both the streusel as well as the cake.
  • Whip the eggs with oil well. This is what gives us a light and airy cake. 
  • Whip the sour cream with a whisk before adding it to the batter to prevent lumps
  • Use good quality vanilla extract as this is a vanilla based cake batter.
  • You can add 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, and 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg to this batter. 
  • If you don’t have a 9 x 9-inch square pan you can also use an 8-inch round cake pan. 

Storage

  • Coffee cakes taste best in the first two days. This cake can be kept at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. Wrap the cake well to prevent drying out. 
  • This cake can also be frozen in the freezer for up to a month. Personally, I like to cut the cake into slices and place the slices in a freezer-safe storage bag. Then take only as many slices as I need for my tea time snack. 
 

Conversions Used

1 lb = 453 grams, 1 cup = 240 ml, 1 stick = 113g, 1 tbsp= 15 ml, 1 tsp= 5 ml,

Nutrition Information

Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 154mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 131IUCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg

The nutrition information and metric conversion are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee its accuracy. If this data is important to you please verify with your trusted nutrition calculator. Thank you

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  1. Hello Veena. I am going to try baking this today. One question I have is that you call it coffee crumble cake but I can’t see coffee featured in the recipe? Or do you mean to eat with coffee?

    I will add coffee either in my cake mixture or the topping.

    Thank you
    K

    1. Yes, K – A coffee cake is one that you serve with coffee. But you can add coffee to it if you want

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