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Saturday, April 23, 2011

New York-Style Easter Crumb Cake


EASTER GREETINGS.   Let's sit back and enjoy a morning crumb cake while the children run about with sugar-induced comas hunting down multi-colored, plastic eggs - filled with - more sugar. BAKED Explorations' New York-Style Crumb Cake has plenty of "grown-up" sugar to tide us all over.  Make sure to catch all the Crumbs, and the recipe, over at Baked Sunday Mornings!



The key to this crumb cake is the crumb itself. A big, colossal crumb, the New York crumb. Made up of dark brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter and flour, it's supposed to be applied with a heavy hand. Not just sprinkled on top of the sour cream-based batter, but applied with big, heavy, sugary clods of "crumb". Not a surprise that it followed the same pattern as all of my coffee / crumb cakes. Instead of remaining chunky, it bubbled and melted during baking. As it baked I knelt in front of the oven window chanting, "where's the crumb? This looks nothing like the picture in the book". 



While I lost the hunt for the elusive New York crumb this time, the cake is a traditional favorite - slightly crusty edges, with a moist, cakey center and a dense, brown sugar crumb (er . .  streusel). Guess I'll just have to try it again (soon).

•  H A P P Y  E A S T E R  • 
     
   – mike 




21 comments:

Louise said...

I love your photos.

Sheri said...

I like the shape of your cake.

Nina said...

Happy Easter, Mike! Crumb or no crumb - it looks fantastic! I am sure it was delicious! Love your styling with the napkin and easter bunny..very nice touch! Cheers!

Littlebakerbunny said...

My crumb topping melted as well (I may have read the directions, but too bad I didn't bother to follow them!), but at least it still tasted good! Your cake still looks delicious!

Kenn said...

Nice cake! I love this recipe - I made it as muffins/cupcakes and had similar problems with the crumb. Can't beat the taste though!

Elaine said...

I think your cake looks terrific - crumb or no crumb. I have to say that I think the directions weren't all that great for this recipe, but it doesn't really matter because it is the flavor that is the most important and this one has that. What I really liked most about it is that it isn't overly sweet like some coffee cakes are. I hope you and you family have a beautiful Easter Sunday, Mike!

Christina said...

Your cake still looks delicious! I was very afraid for my topping, too. I have had the exact same problem with many kinds of streusel, but my chunks stayed chunky. I wonder why? Anyway, I love that you baked this in a ring pan and sliced them in wedges. Perfect way to celebrate Easter morning!

Candy Girl said...

I love that you baked your cake in a tube pan - so pretty!

Bourbonnatrix said...

oh how i want to spoon that "crumb" layer into my mouth! the texture looks lovely, even if it was intended!

Rebecca said...

Sorry your crumbs didn't work out but I like the circle shape of your cake.

DessertByCandy said...

Looks good baked in a tube pan. I'll have to give it a try next time.

Jaime said...

Happy Easter! Your photos as usual are beautiful, and your crumb cake looks delicious. Well Done!

Kris' Kitchen said...

Well, your great photos make up for any baking flaws. I just came in from our extended family Easter party, and WOW! what a sugar high we had here...the little kiddies just all went home and they will probably not sleep tonight. I'm glad my cake was already eaten before today began. And, if I were your momma, I would tell you to make this recipe again ASAP until you are happy with your crumb. Anyway, if it tasted good, it's good...it is pretty.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum said...

Your photos are beautiful! And I can tell that this cake is delicious, sweet, and moist. Bookmarked for sure!

Bourbonnatrix said...

congrats on having your pic up on foodgawker! :)

Seattle Pastry Girl said...

Coming to your site for a Baked Sunday Morning post is always like Christmas-I feel like I'm unwrapping a presant and can't wait to see what's inside ! And you never disappoint-your photo with the bunny is gorgeous. Love your style and love that you went the round cake route-it still looks scrumptious all melted into the batter.

spike. said...

oh that tricky crumb! No doubt it was delicious even if the crumb was not pronounced

Desiree said...

i like the style of your cake. looks gorgeous!

TeaLady said...

Lovely cake!

Stevie said...

Well New York is the "Empire State" so naturally the crumbs would have to be huge. I lived in New York City for about 7 years and I can testify to the fact that crumb cakes there are the best on Earth. Yours looks really good but perhaps if you mailed me a sample or two, I could taste it to be sure?

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