Back to Tillie's Ginger Crumb Cake

Print Options


Card Sizes

Tillie's Ginger Crumb Cake Recipe

Tillie's Ginger Crumb Cake Recipe

This recipe goes back at least as far as my grandmother, who was born in the early 1900's. Our sons and I enjoy eating it in a bowl with milk poured on it—much to the dismay of my husband, who prefers it plain!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:16-20 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs


  • 1. Combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Reserve 2 cups; combine remaining crumb mixture with all remaining ingredients. Sprinkle 1 cup reserved crumbs in the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Pour batter over crumbs and sprinkle remaining crumbs on top. Bake at 350° for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 262 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 193mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews for Tillie's Ginger Crumb Cake

Sort By :

Average Rating
Reviewed May. 9, 2017 Edited May. 10, 2017

"This is very similar to a recipe handed down from my great-grandmother who was born in the late 1800's. My grandpa and I loved this cake (our recipe included raisins)--very good with a cup of coffee!"

Loading Image