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Simple and unassuming, this raspberry almond crumb cake is tender and buttery, a balanced contrast to the crunchy cinnamon crumbles on top. Paired with toasted almonds, juicy raspberries, and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar– I can say with confidence that it was love at first bite.

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If you want to eat cake for breakfast, crumb cake is your solution. And if there’s only one crumb cake recipe I could make for the rest of my life, it would be today’s raspberry almond crumb cake. Each bite is soft and juicy and crunchy and sweet and buttery, with a little cinnamon, almonds, and raspberries. All of these textures and flavors together are a home run. Serve it as part of your Mother’s Day recipes or any day where a special homemade breakfast is craved. Like my classic crumb cake, there’s only 2 parts: cake and toppings. This is a must make recipe so let’s get started!

raspberry almond crumb cake

This Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake Is

  • Soft, buttery, and moist
  • Relatively easy to make
  • Loaded with a cinnamon crumb topping
  • Topped with raspberries and almonds
  • A totally special homemade breakfast
  • Loved by bakers around the world
raspberries, sliced almonds, and crumb topping in bowls

Overview: How to Make Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake

Using my sour cream crumb cake as the base, we’ll add vanilla extract for flavor and to make the cake extra special, a little almond extract too. For the full recipe, scroll to the bottom of the page.

  1. Make the cake batter. Whisk the dry ingredients together. Cream the butter and sugar, then add the remaining ingredients. The mixture may look curdled– that’s ok. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. The batter will be thick and very pale. This batter is very similar to the batter for cranberry cake. Another must-try!
  2. Spread the batter into a prepared pan.
  3. Make the crumb topping.
  4. Dot raspberries all over the top of the cake batter.
  5. Sprinkle the crumbs and sliced almonds on top.
  6. Bake.
  7. Enjoy! I like to add a little dusting of confectioners’ sugar prior to serving.
raspberry almond crumb cake in a springform pan before baking

Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake Toppings

We’ll top our crumb cake with fresh raspberries, sliced almonds, and a buttery crumb topping– each adds something special!

Raspberries: I love raspberries and crumb cake together. The berries require zero prep, which I know you’ll appreciate first thing in the morning. Just dot them right on top of the cake batter. No sugar added, no pre-cooking, no extra steps. They pair wonderfully with the toasted almonds. Not into raspberries? A strawberry and rhubarb combination would be fantastic. Or even blueberries! Peeled and chopped apples or peaches would be equally delicious. And– you can leave off the raspberries and almonds for a plain crumb cake.

Sliced Almonds: These add a welcome crunch to each bite. Try toasting them for even more flavor.

Crumb Topping: The crumb topping comes together with flour, brown sugar, a little cinnamon, and butter. We’ll use melted butter, so there’s no cutting the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter. It’s so easy!

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Best Pan to Use

This cake rises pretty tall, so I suggest using a springform pan. A 9×9-inch square baking pan works too. If you have a 9-inch cake pan that’s 2-3 inches deep, that could work as well. Though my first recommendation is a 9-inch springform pan. The removable sides make slicing the crumb cake easier, too!

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raspberry almond crumb cake on a pink cake stand

If cake for breakfast is your thing, you’ll love trying my crumb coffee cake next.

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Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: serves 8
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Simple and unassuming, this raspberry almond crumb cake is tender and buttery, a balanced contrast to the crunchy cinnamon crumbles on top. Paired with toasted almonds, juicy raspberries, and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar– I can say with confidence that it was love at first bite.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) full-fat sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract

Topping

  • 1/4 cup (31g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 heaping cup (170g) fresh or frozen raspberries (do not thaw)
  • 3/4 cup (65g) sliced almonds
  • optional: confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Make the cake: Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar together on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Beat on medium-high speed until combined. The mixture may look curdled; that’s ok. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients until smooth. Do not overmix. The batter will be thick. Spread into prepared pan. Set aside.
  4. Make the crumb topping: With a fork, mix the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon together. Stir in the melted butter until crumbs form.
  5. Dot raspberries all over the top of the cake batter. Sprinkle the crumbs and sliced almonds on top.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Baking times vary, so keep an eye on yours. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you find the top of the cake is browning too quickly in the oven, loosely cover it with aluminum foil.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack. Allow to slightly cool for a few minutes before slicing. I suggest serving with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar!
  8. Cover leftover cake tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Because of the fresh fruit, this cake is best within the first couple days.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Freeze baked and cooled cake for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature and dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired, before serving.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Sieve, 9-inch Springform Pan, Cake Stand, and White Plate
  3. Sour Cream: Sour cream is a key ingredient in this cake. I don’t suggest subbing the sour cream with a liquid– plain full-fat yogurt would work though. But don’t remove the fat from this cake by using a lower fat yogurt or sour cream alternative. Fat = flavor! We don’t want to skimp there!
  4. Why Room Temperature? All refrigerated items should be at room temperature so the batter mixes together easily and evenly. Here’s a post I wrote all about the importance of room temperature ingredients.

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Wow, I made this for my mom’s birthday and it was fab! I had never made a crumb cake before. I added a little extra topping and increased almond extract slightly for flavor. Great texture and light cake, it’s perfect served with ice cream. It was a hit for the whole party (10 people) and I 1.5x the recipe in a 9×13 pan. Thanks again Sally, we love your recipes!

  2. I love this and am amazed at the similarity to a cake one of my aunts made for years, but her’s also had
    almond past in the crust. She also used raspberry jam instead of fresh berries, but trust me, the flavor is the same.
    This aunt NEVER shared recipes. When she was dying, I was her executor and finally was brave enough to ask her for the recipe. She, with a smile on her face, told me to get three cookbooks from her home office. I did and still smiling she said, the parts of the recipe are in these books. No hints. Just a smile. We actually got along better than this all sounds!!

  3. I made this cake to have over the long weekend. But we had to have a small sample. It was excellent. I love the flavor and it was moist and creamy It was so easy to put together. I will be making this cake again.

  4. Really delicious, I had a bit of a hard time telling when it was done so I may have overcooked it a bit but it was still amazing. I also almost doubled the crumb layer because that’s my favorite part. It’s really pretty so would be nice to bring to an event.

  5. if you are debating to make this cake, well take it from me, MAKE IT!! Personally I like more of an almond taste so I added 1 teaspoon of almond extract instead of 3/4tsp. i made this the other night & the next morning everything was gone! Everyone in my family loved it! My Ukrainian grandmother requested me to make more, she even went out & bought me fresh raspberries haha!! Thank you for this recipe!

  6. hi! i have one urgent question, i am making half the recipe. Is it alright if i bake it in a 4.5×4.5 round pan?

    1. Hi Ceci! Is the pan 4.5 inches tall? We don’t recommend baking such a thick layer of cake. Here is everything you need to know about converting recipes to different Cake Pan Sizes.

  7. This recipe sounds delicious! Can I substitute the all-purpose flour for almond flour? If so, would I need to increase the number of eggs used in the recipe?

    1. Hi Gayle, We don’t recommend almond flour as it has very different baking properties and is not a 1:1 swap. We haven’t tested it, but you might have success experimenting with a gluten-free all-purpose flour like Bob’s Red Mill or Cup4Cup. If you give anything a try, we’d love to know how it goes for you!

  8. Hi Sally. I want to make this the night before a brunch I have planned the next day. Is it safe to bake Friday evening and leave overnight on the counter for Saturday? Thank you!

    1. Yes, that should work fine! Make sure to cover once cooled. Hope it’s a hit!

  9. Another fantastic recipe!!!
    My neighbor gave me a pint of raspberries from her garden and then invited me and some of the ladies from our neighborhood over for some wine the next evening. So I wanted to find a recipe that would use the raspberries and also had ingredients I had on hand. I will definitely be making this cake again this summer during raspberry season. The only thing I will do differently to push the first layer of raspberries into the batter and then add another layer to really get a nice thick top of raspberries.

    Recipe in comments.

  10. Delicious, moist and perfectly sweet. Increased the almond to 1 teaspoon and would love to double the crumble next time as that’s the best part! My cake was ready after 30 minutes. This was like a raspberry danish in cake form. Thank you Sally!

  11. Do you think this recipe can be made into muffins, or should I just make one of your muffin recipes?

    1. Hi Ginny, You can bake the cake as cupcakes/muffins! I’m unsure of the exact bake time needed but same oven temperature and use a toothpick to check for doneness. Enjoy!

  12. This came out great. I used blackberries from my garden, so they were fresh. Come winter I will be using frozen berries. Thank you for sharing that the berries are not to be thawed.
    Thanks again

  13. HI! Is it possible to add some almond paste in this recipe? If so, where should it be added? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Diana, we don’t have much experience with almond paste, so we’re afraid we can’t be of much help here! It would take some recipe testing to ensure results. Let us know if you decide to do any experimenting!

  14. Hello I made it, I used cranberries instead, but the dough rose and the top was not like the one of yours, maybe I over mix it. Love your recipies.

    1. Hi Moira! Did you make any other changes to the recipe? Did you use a 9 inch springform pan? We’re happy to help troubleshoot 🙂

    1. Hi Nicole! The above method with raspberries dotted on top is our favorite for juicy raspberries – have you tried it? You could try either of those additions if you like. Let us know how it goes!

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