Recipe for a Great Crumb Cake

There might be only a few better things in life than savoring a piece of delicious crumb cake alongside a cup of hot tea or coffee. This recipe for a great crumb cake is quite simple and offers the baker a choice of crumb level in their final product.

Recipe for a Great Crumb Cake

Ingredients You Will Need:
Cake:
3 ½ cups flour
¾ cup sugar
½ cup sour cream
5 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
6 tablespoons oil
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Crumb Topping:
¼ pound margarine
½ cup Crisco shortening
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cardamom

Making the Crumbs
It's wise to start by making the crumbs first. Melt the margarine and shortening together, stir and let cool. Add the flour, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and cardamom. Mix until you notice the crumbs forming. Set the bowl aside.

Making the Cake
Sift together the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Separately, beat the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla. Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Place your mixed ingredients into a greased baking pan and add the crumbs on the top. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 375 degrees.

Apple Crumb Cake
One of the most famous crumb cake variations is the apple crumb cake. For this recipe, add two apples (peeled and sliced) and be sure to mix them well into the cake mixture. When the cake is finished, you can top it with a few sliced apples as a finishing touch.

Other Variations
Other popular versions for a great crumb cake are peach, apricot orange, pumpkin apple, pineapple and jam crumb cakes. Even a vegan crumb cake can be made by substituting milk for soymilk instead.

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