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Crumb Cake

This crumb cake has been a family favorite for years. The first time I took it to work as a treat for my co-workers, my boss told me that his grandmother used to make the same cake. He said she called it "kuchen" and served it in a bowl, broken into chunks, with milk poured on top. You can serve it plain for breakfast, or with whipped cream as a dessert.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Whipped topping and pecan halves, optional


  • In a bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Remove 1 cup mixture and combine with cinnamon and nuts; set aside. To remaining crumb mixture, add milk and baking powder. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping over batter. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cut into squares. Garnish with whipped topping and a pecan half if desired.
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  • Anita
    Dec 23, 2019

    I've been making this crumb cake since it was first published many years ago and it's been a family favorite. Not only did our children love crumb cake with a glass of milk, so did all their friends.

  • Diane
    Dec 24, 2018

    I made it according to your recipe, took it out and let it col, when I started to cut it into squares, it was still gooy and not done, so I put back into a 350 oven for 20 more minutes, still not done. raised the tempe to 375 put in for 20 more minutes, if it does not get done I am going to toss it into the trash and throw your recipe with it.

  • FriedaG
    Dec 19, 2006

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