Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Crumb Cake

Skip the bakery and make indulgently rich and buttery sour cream crumb cake at home this weekend!

Old Fashioned Crumb Cake Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com-- click through for the simple recipe!

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Now, let’s talk about breakfast. More specifically, weekend breakfast. Those impossibly lazy mornings in big comfy beds with fluffy comforters, hand delivered breakfast in bed… oh, sorry. That’s a dream.

Re-al-it-y check.

Weekend mornings = frantically running around the house, doing laundry, maybe working out, running errands, “did I forget to take off my make-up last night?”, and paying bills. Basically, the opposite of relaxing and enjoyable. Hey life! Slow down.

Old Fashioned Crumb Cake Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com-- click through for the simple recipe!

Well. I need a relaxing morning and something tells me you do too. Let’s clear off our mornings this weekend and sit down to a glorious homemade breakfast and just chilllllll. Is that orange juice on your table? Add some champagne. Because YOU deserve it.

Especially all you moms out there. Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

I made today’s sour cream crumb cake just for this very special spring weekend. I don’t think anyone can ever turn down a classic crumb cake, especially one with that tempting cinnamon swirl. It makes me weak at the knees. Every.single.time.

Old Fashioned Crumb Cake Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com-- click through for the simple recipe!

This is a recipe every baker should have in their repertoire. A breakfast staple that graces bakery windows and cafe menus. I was inspired to make it after ordering something similar at a bakery last month. Upon the first bite, I knew you all would love it too. So, I got to work. Here’s what I did:

I took what I love about this super crumb coffee cake recipe and this banana chocolate chip crumb cake recipe. Added this, left out that, combined it all, bake, boom, bam, eat.

It wasn’t quite that simple and took me a few tries to truly perfect the cake, but all you need to know is that this recipe is blissfully good.

The batter is rich and thick. I was tempted to use cake flour in the recipe to achieve an ultra soft crumb, but found that all-purpose gave a more ideal texture for a breakfast cake. Fluffy, yet tight crumbs throughout. Butter and eggs leave the cake plenty tender and rich. You’ll be creaming the butter, which produces a wonderfully cakey texture. Sour cream is the moist maker. It leaves the cake incredibly moist and lush. Remember, room temperature for all these ingredients (#2).

To keep things simple, there’s only one streusel recipe. Half will go into the center of the crumb cake and the other half will go on top. The streusel is made from brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and cold butter. That butter must be chilled and absolutely not soft in the slightest. Why the emphasis on cold? The streusel needs to maintain some of its structure in the oven or else it will all sink to the bottom of the cake. Make sure the streusel is in pea-sized crumbs as you cut in the cold butter. Like so:

Old Fashioned Crumb Cake Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com-- click through for the simple recipe!

Is it appropriate to just eat all the crumbs off first?


The cake doesn’t really even NEED glaze, but then again breakfast doesn’t really even NEED this many buttery cinnamon crumbs soooo let’s add glaze. Sweet vanilla glaze to be exact. And it will sink down into every nook and cranny of the bumpy streusel topping.

Old Fashioned Crumb Cake Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com-- click through for the simple recipe!

I mean, really. Look at this ridiculous breakfast to pair with your lazy weekend morning and mimosa. Maybe you can even eat it in bed. Best weekend ever.

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Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Crumb Cake

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 9-12
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Skip the bakery and make indulgently rich and buttery sour cream crumb cake at home this weekend.



  • 1/3 cup (67g) packed dark or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 (62g) cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons (43g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed


  • 1 and 1/3 cups (166g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) full-fat sour cream, at room temperature*

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1/2 cup (60g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream or milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and lightly flour a round or square 8-inch pan. Or simply line with parchment paper.
  2. Make the streusel: Combine the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Cut in the chilled butter with a pastry blender or two forks (or even with your hands) until the mixture resembles pea sized crumbs. Set aside.
  3. Make the cake: Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy – about 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat on high speed for 2 minutes until creamed together fairly well. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. On medium-high speed, add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and sour cream. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, beat in the dry ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix this batter. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. The batter will be smooth and thick. Carefully spread half of the batter into the pan. Sprinkle with half of the streusel. Carefully spread the remaining half of the batter on top, then the remaining streusel. You need every last drop of batter to fill this pan. Do your best spreading it out into even layers. I use the back of a spoon to spread the batter around neatly.
  5. Bake for around 30 minutes or until the cake is baked through. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it is done. Allow cake to cool in the pan set on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  6. Make the glaze: Whisk all of the glaze ingredients together in a medium bowl. Drizzle over cake. Slice and serve. Cover leftovers tightly and store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: The cake can be baked and covered tightly at room temperature overnight. Make the glaze the next morning and drizzle over cake before serving. Cake can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. Sour Cream: Thick Greek yogurt works instead of sour cream.
  3. Larger Cake: This recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9×13 pan for around 45 minutes.
  4. Loaf Pan: This recipe can easily be made in a 9×5 loaf pan and baked for around 40 minutes.
  5. Adapted from Super Crumb Coffee Cake and Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake.

Keywords: sour cream crumb cake, old fashioned crumb cake

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Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins

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Unbelievable Blueberry French Toast Casserole

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Chocolate Chip Scones

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Simply incredible coffee cake- the crumb topping and cinnamon swirl are to die for! This is a recipe to save!

My absolute FAVORITE Sour Cream Crumb Cake recipe!


  1. This looks so good! I can’t wait to try- I’m currently trying out your French Toast Casserole with granny smith apples in my fridge to make tomorrow! I also laughed out loud when I read “the moist maker”. I LOVE FRIENDS. In fact, I’m currently watching season 5 on netflix right now…could I be more obsessed?

  2. As an unrepentant crumb fiend, I am SO down with this cake. Even though weekend mornings are, as you say, not the time to relax and kick back. I’d wind up hiding in a closet somewhere, eating crumbs off the top of the whole thing! It looks great.

  3. “It will sink down into every nook and cranny of the bumpy streusel topping.” Ok, you’ve convinced me that every crumb topping needs a vanilla glaze 🙂

  4. My weekends sound just like yours. Currently, my bedroom looks as though a bomb went off. This weekend will be reserved for putting things in their rightful places as well as enjoying some time with my mother and grandmother. 🙂 I love a good crumb cake especially when it’s cover in glaze!

  5. I always think my weekend mornings are going to be nice and relaxing too and they end up being anything but, ALWAYS!
    I love baking with sour cream and I bet this cake is just divine, it certainly looks that way! Love all the crumbs!! 🙂

  6. Your recipes with streusel are always so amazing! This is a beautiful cake…I swear you are the queen of making lovely photographs even when the subject is fairly monochromatic 😀 It’s quite a talent!

  7. I would love a relaxing weekend morning and this crumb cake is perfect to go with it! Crumb cakes are one of my faves, that streusel looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  8. I love all of your recipes! I’m pretty sure you’re the sole person in my “recipes to try” list on bloglovin! I hope you come to a city near me! I voted so fingers crossed! 🙂 This looks delicious I cannot wait to try it!

  9. I have been in craving a good crumb cake lately! I want to have this for Mother’s Day…is it pathetic I’d have to cook it for myself on Mother’s Day? And do the dishes when I’m done? Looks like it’d be worth it 🙂

    1. Not pathetic at all. I bake my own birthday cake every year! Maybe you can convince someone else to do the dishes though… 😉

  10. Perfect for this weekend – I agree!! (Even though, like most mom’s – I will have to make it myself, ha!) My boys will devour the topping first, but that’s okay. I’m excited to try this! Have a good weekend 🙂 And Happy Mother’s Day from Jude 😉

  11. Oh I am absolutely in love with this cake! Coffee & crumb cakes are my absolute favourite breakfasts, and I like making them on lazy Sunday evenings to have for the first couple days of the school week (Monday is better with cake. As is Tuesday. And Wednesday). The classic cinnamon crumb cake is one of my favourites; I don’t know when, but I definitely WILL be making this cake at some point!

  12. The crumb of this cake looks so nice – fluffy yet pleasantly dense. The cinnamon swirl through the cake is so divine! I am so with you on the “did I take my makeup off” worry; the morning when you wake up with makeup on, for me, is the start of an *interesting* day!

  13. Oh me, oh my! Crumb cake is one of my all time favorite breakfast/snack/anytime cakes! My grandma got me hooked when I was younger (her last name is Baker – how appropriate is that!) and I just get giddy with excitement every time I take that first bite. C’est bon! I really want to make some for her the next time I see her, and I’ll certainly be using this recipe! She’s just gonna love it. Especially the crumb…we’re uber fans of the crumb! As always, great recipe Sally!

      1. I made the crumb cake and after 30 minutes of baking, the center was still raw and jiggly.  I had to bake it an extra 5 minutes.  Tasty though.

  14. There’s nothing better than a nice and relaxed morning at the weekend!
    Crumb Cakes always remind me of my mum as she used to make them quite often when I was younger. I might actually make this one for her on Mother’s Day – to return the favour for once, so to speak 🙂

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