Sunday, April 24, 2011

Baked Sunday Mornings: New York-Style Crumb Cake


What do you get when you streamline a coffee cake down to its bare essentials? This cake. It's the contrast between the rugged, sugar crunch of the topping with the tender softness of the sour cream cake that makes it so special. No nuts to take away from the brown sugar sweetness, no chocolate, no swirl. I love a good minimalist, if you can call the glorious excess of this crumb minimal, that is.



This is extreme streusel, people. I got a little nervous when I poured the melted butter over the brown sugar. What if the sugar dissolves? How am I going to clump this together? But then I read the rest of the recipe and after I added two and a half (!) cups of flour, the mixture did indeed form boulders of streusel.


Can I tell you how much I love the proportions of this cake? It's genius, really. Texture contrast gets me every time. It's something about the taste of sour cream in the pillow-soft cake, just barely able to support the weight of all that topping. It's a brilliant combination and as much as I love add-ins like nuts and chocolate, the simplicity of cinnamon-sugar and cake is comforting. It beckons you to grab just one more piece to finish your mug of coffee.


 Take a tour of the other bakers who made this coffee cake over at Baked Sunday Mornings. And don't forget to nibble on a few streusel nuggets. They were made for snacking.




14 comments:

  1. You did get beautiful boulders of streusel! Wonderful job with the cake, it looks delicious!

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  2. Um.... that is gorgeous! Mine melted? How strange - but very good! Your is truly a crumb cake - and agree, the sour cream flavor is perfect!

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  3. Fantastic photos, Christina! I love the one where you can see the layers. Perfect and beautiful crumb cake! Wishing you a wonderful Easter Sunday!

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  4. The cake and the topping look amazing!

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  5. Love your descriptions in this post! Beautiful writing and they are spot on.

    Your cake is beautiful.

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  6. your topping looks great! good job!

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  7. Yours looks great. Delicious!

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  8. I absolutely agree about snacking on the crumb nuggets! I had to stop myself from pinching off yet another inconspicuous piece from the cake!

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  9. I too loved everything about this cake! Your photos are beautiful. Perfectly executed!

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  10. Oh how I love a good crumb cake! And yes, yours has quite the large portion of crumbs to the cake and that's just how I like it! Was the cake part actually tasty to? I like it somewhat tender and vanilla flavored although I know it can't be too tender under the weight of all of the crumbs. Great photos!

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  11. Your photo shows a perfect piece of this crumb cake...looks like everything turned out just right for you.

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  12. I love your "extreme streusel" really nice job and the photos are gorgeous

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  13. looks beautiful and makes me crave another piece!

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  14. Your cake is lovely and your crumbs look like the perfect size!

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