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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.
  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!

overhead image of raspberry almond crumb cake in a springform pan after baking

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

  • 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. Hello Sally, do you toast the nuts before sprinkling them on top with the crumbs?

  2. Could you double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 Pan?  I want to make for a larger group but only have one 9 inch springform pan. 

    1. Hi Kelly! Doubling the recipe would be too much for a 9×13. I would 1.5x the recipe.

  3. Sally, I have this in the oven now….how long do you cool it before removing the springform ring?

    Thanks!!
    (PS – super easy to make and my kitchen smells divine! )

      1. Thanks! That’s what I did and they released beautifully.  I didn’t have a large springform so I used 2 6” ones and the cakes turned out great!  Took one to a friend’s for brunch and it disappeared!  I had to bake them about 15 minutes longer but I attributed that to the cakes being deeper in the smaller pans.  The raspberries are the perfect combo in this.  I know I will make it again and again! 

  4. I made this it was awesome!!!!People at work LOVED it! But my favorite recipe so far is the oatmeal Raisin cookies. I never eat cookie when I make them or even afterwards. But I thought I’ll give them a taste hubby’s favorite and he’s such a critic on oatmeal raisin. Well I ate 3 of them before I was finished then 2 next morning before work LOL Hubby almost didn’t get any. I was hoping he didn’t like them BUT they were soon gone!!! LOL

  5. Soooooo Good! Going to make this all Summer long. Thank You 🙂

  6. Made this today for snacking on through the week. This turned out so good! The crunch of the almonds, the flavor from the raspberries and the crumb topping are absolutely delicious!! I made mine in a 9″ square pan and it turned out perfectly ( I know longer see the directions for that in the recipe notes). Thank you for this tasty recipe!! I would most definitely make this again☺

  7. This wonderful cake was loved and devoured all the way in Israel 🙂
    Great recipe!

  8. I don’t have a spring form pan and want to make this cake tonight…. what do you think about lining a cake pan with parchment paper?

    P.S. If I am trying a new technique or recipe I always come to you first because I know you test and retest a recipe. I appreciate all your hard work!

    1. Hi Christina! If you don’t use a springform pan, use a pan that’s large enough to hold this batter. You can line it with parchment paper.

  9. I just made this for my mom for mother’s day and it was amazing and a huge hit! Definitely will need to make it again soon 🙂

  10. Another winner!!! Made this for my super picky mom for mother’s day today, and verdict is she loved it! She even went back for a second piece right away. I followed the receipt exactly. Thanks Sally for another great recipe and hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  11. I baked this to have for a special breakfast treat for a visit from my daughter. She loved it, even scooped up all the crumbs on her plate. My husband raved about as well. He gets excited whenever he sees me with a “Sally” recipe. Oh, and yes, I loved it, too. It is delicious with lots of wonderful taste and textures. Thank you Sally for another great recipe.

  12. I made this for our Father’s Day celebration and everyone loved it! There wasn’t enough to go around and we all wanted second helpings! I was so buttery, fragrant, soft, tender and not too sweet.

    I used 180g of blueberries as I didn’t have raspberries, didn’t have almonds and left out the almond extract because I’m not fond of it.

    I used a 3-inch deep 9” cake pan which I buttered and lined with paper on the bottom. All I did was to run my knife along the edge, overturn the cake onto a plate, peel off the paper and quickly flip the cake upright.

  13. The first time I made this was with frozen blueberries and I would caution anyone considering doing that against doing so. I suspect there was a lot of frozen moisture in the blueberries and it gave the cake a hard time. The blueberries sank into the middle, so the outer circle of the cake finished baking before the inner circle, but of course I had to keep baking so the center would be done. This resulted in the cake being slightly dry in certain areas and a bit too moist in others. Also, the crumble completely disappeared. It was like it absorbed into the cake. I think that may have also had something to do with all the moisture from the frozen blueberries. In any case, made this a second time with fresh raspberries and it was perfect! 😉

  14. Sally, this cake is simply amazing! It is the best one I ever made. I used lemon zest instead of almond extract.

  15. Is it possible to bake this cake in a cupcake pan? Should I half the proportions? Thank you!

    1. Hi Marie! You can bake the cake as cupcakes/muffins and reduce the recipe depending how many you’d like.

  16. Hi Sally, is it possible to make this in a 9×13 inch pan with the same proportions?

    1. Hi Shweta! The batter would be stretched a little too thin in a 9×13 inch pan. I recommend 1.5x the recipe or doubling it, filling the pan halfway, and using leftover batter for a few crumb cake muffins.

  17. Dear Sally, made this raspberry almond crumb cake yesterday and have one slice left. Loved how flavorable combination of raspberry/almond/cinnamon. Sooo yummy. I did dust it with powder sugar which added just the right amount of sweetness. Thank you so much for your fine blog and excellent recipe. I use and enjoy reading all your baking tips. Will be making more of your recipes, thanks again!

  18. Hi sally. Love all your recipies!!! Have made this twice now…… everyone loved it. Have a family dinner tomorrow and was going to make it again BUT I forgot to get rasberries. Wonder could i use a mixture of pear & rasberry ??

    1. Hi Fiona! I’ve had readers use all different kinds of fruits for this crumb cake recipe. I think a mix of pear and raspberry would be DELICIOUS!

  19. Hi Sally
    The cake was delicious although I had to make substitutes…
    My husband bought frozen blueberries instead of raspberries. The blueberries did run into the cake and there is blue layer but it tastes great!

    Too late I realized that we only had whole almonds and not sliced…. Turns out that if you microwave the almonds for 30 seconds, they are soft enough to slice. Didn’t know that. The almonds were thicker than store bought sliced almonds but gave this very satisfying crunch. I would actually make it like that again!

    I used a 24cm (which a bit bigger than 9inch) round spring-form pan and I might go for something smaller next time as the cake was thin. Do I need to adjust any of the ingredients?

    Thanks for much for the great recipe – so far everything on your site turns out amazing!

    Roze

    1. Hi Roze! I’m so glad you tried this raspberry almond crumb cake recipe with blueberries! Yum!
      I did not know that about almonds– microwaving them so they soften and are easy to slice. So interesting and it makes total sense. 9 inches is the smallest pan I would ever bake this cake in. It will overflow or sink in the center in a smaller pan.

  20. HI Sally!
    I made this cake last week and let me say it is now in my top 5 most favorite cakes!! I love these types of cakes the best. I used blueberries and lemon zest …cannot wait to make again! Thanks!!
    Question could you sub in some almond flour like maybe the 1/3 cup?
    thank you!
    Michele

    Michele

    1. I’m so glad you enjoy this crumb cake. It’s definitely one of my favorites! You can try using *some* almond flour in place of the all-purpose. I haven’t tested this, so let me know how it turns out!

  21. Hi Sally,
    I just made this cake last Friday evening with King Arthur gluten free measure for measure flour and it was delicious!! I brought it to a demo a friend of mine was having and the girls devoured it! Thanks so much for always providing such yummy recipes…and I love all of your baking tips as well!
    Ciao,
    Rosetta

  22. I love your recipes! I make a dessert once a week and you’re my go to gal. If I wanted to make this crumb cake lemon raspberry, how could I incorporate the lemon without changing the recipe a whole lot?

    1. Hi Marissa! You can try replacing the almond extract with lemon extract and also adding some lemon zest. Let me know how it turns out!

      1. Your recipe sounds like it taste delicious. I would like to make individual servings by placing the batter in a muffin tin and baking them in my toaster oven. Do you foresee any problems or changes that I would need to make with this method?

  23. Can I prep this the night before, refrigerate overnight and bake it in the morning?

    1. I don’t recommend it. Once the batter is mixed the ingredients became activated and should be baked right away. You can always warm it up in the morning if you want to serve it warm!

    1. Yes, that should be fine. You may want to chop and toss the rhubarb with a little sugar first. Let it sit so the rhubarb softens and absorbs the sweetness. Then go ahead and use in the recipe.

  24. I made this delightful cake yesterday and it will become one of my favorites. Delicious!

  25. I made this cake last night for today’s breakfast, and i love it! I like that it isnt too sweet. The textures of the rasberry, almonds and crumb work together so well. Its on my rotation list moving forward.

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