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Aunt Lillian's Crumb Cake Recipe

Aunt Lillian's Crumb Cake Recipe

My Aunt Lillian made her fabulous crumb cake every weekend when we came to visit. She created this recipe back in the '40s. Knowing my father loved it, she shared the recipe with my mother, who passed it on to me. I serve it as a coffee cake for Sunday brunch or for dessert. —Rose Gearheard, Phoenix, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:9 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons flaked coconut
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
  • 2. sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Spread half into a greased 9-in. square baking pan.
  • 3. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle half over batter. Carefully spread remaining batter on top; sprinkle with remaining topping. Gently swirl topping through batter with a knife.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack.
  • 5. Serve warm. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 394 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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moneyladyjan User ID: 7944043 242155
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2016

"I have made this several times. It is easy and delicious. Everyone loves it."

1914skin User ID: 8300958 235869
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"Don't know why, but mine came out dry ..... Tasted good, but disappointed"

davinda User ID: 4455659 227595
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2015

"I made this for our Sunday School class and they all loved it. So moist and tasty...definitely will make again."

Rnda User ID: 5829309 220000
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"Thank you so much for sharing!"

JkayC User ID: 5673362 214280
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"Great recipe.... delicious."

eyeball4 User ID: 2602555 16025
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"have made this cake for years but it is much better without the walnuts and coconut!!"

nigols User ID: 6143871 9746
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"I have used walnuts also tried it with pecans, my boys like carrot cake so I put some carrots in with the walnuts they enjoyed it will make as stated in future for myself"

mophillips User ID: 3715834 15577
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

"I have made this twice for friends and I am asked for the recipe repeatedly. The cake is very moist and deliciuos! I exchanged the walnuts for pecans and omited the coconut."

fruitsofthespirit9 User ID: 4536772 201676
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"Excellent cake, good cold as well as warm. Would definetly make this again! Did use pecans in place of walnuts though."

kaitlyn'smommy User ID: 3996686 16762
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"This recipe is simple and delicious. I did not have any cococut but it came out just as delicious. I will definitely make again. Thanks for sharing."

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