You. Guys.

This Crumb Cake.

I can’t even complete sentences…

This recipe came from an old co-worker of my mom’s. He used to own a B&B up north and served this addicting cake there. It’s AMAZING.

I know, I know… like you need any more sweets recipes this time of the year!

We have started receiving our annual over-abundance of Christmas gift baskets at our office – our bosses like to leave all the sweets & treats on this table right in the middle of the office. As in – you have to walk by it anytime you need to go ANYWHERE in the office (I call it temptation island).

Coffee break? Gotta walk by it.

Bathroom break? Gotta walk by it.

Pick something up at the printer (and I print a LOT)? Gotta walk by it.

I think I walk past that daggum table no less than 20 times a day! There is only so much willpower one can have.

SO… we have instituted a new rule at the office to help curb the over-indulgence of sweets. If it’s homemade – it’s okay to taste it.

If it’s not? Skip it! It helps you save those calories for the things that are ACTUALLY worth it! 😉

I think it’s a solid rule.

Move over Entenmanns… Your crumb cake ain’t got NOTHING on this one! 😉

However those little white powdered donuts (you know which ones I’m talking about)… you can go ahead and keep those coming because they are amaze-balls! Even if they are oober processed.

On that note – go make this HOMEMADE crumb cake! It’s a great addition to a brunch spread this holiday season! I promise it’s only one kind of “crumby” (get it?! buh-dum-chhh).


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Old Fashioned Crumb Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


For the Cake:
1 box Pillsbury yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup water

For the Topping:
2 sticks margarine
2 sticks butter
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
¾ teaspoon almond extract
5 1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup plus ¼ cup brown sugar
2/3 cup plus ¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2-3/4 cup confectioners sugar


For the Cake:
Prehat oven to 325ºF. Spray a jelly roll pan with Baker's Joy (or butter and grease it). Add cake mix, eggs, and water to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (may also use bowl and hand mixer). Beat for 4 minutes. Pour into prepared jelly roll pan, and smooth with a spatula. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes (remove from oven when done, but leave oven on). While it's baking, prepare crumb topping.

For the Topping:
Microwave butter and margarine in a bowl until melted (whisk together). Allow to cool and then add vanilla and almond extracts. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, and cinnamon. Cut the butter mixture into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter (or two forks) until a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle the crumb topping onto the cake and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes at 325ºF. Allow to cool completely and then sift with confectioners sugar before serving.