Crumb Cake - Jersey Style

Crumb Cake - Jersey Style

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Crumb Bun Cake is a beloved pastry that has been enjoyed by many for years. The cake is a rich and buttery treat with a thick layer of crumbly streusel on top. But have you ever wondered about the history behind this delicious dessert?

The origins of Crumb Bun Cake are a bit murky, but it is believed to have been created in the early 20th century by German immigrants who settled in New York City. These immigrants brought with them a love of baked goods, and they quickly began experimenting with local ingredients to create new and delicious treats.

The recipe for Crumb Bun Cake itself is fairly simple, with basic ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. The key to its unique flavor and texture is the generous amount of streusel that is piled on top of the cake. This streusel is made from a combination of flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon, and it is baked until it is golden brown and crispy.

Over the years, Crumb Bun Cake has become a staple of bakeries and cafes throughout the New York and New Jersey metro area. It is a popular choice for breakfast or brunch, and it is often served alongside a hot cup of coffee or tea. Whether you are a lifelong fan of this delicious cake or are just discovering it for the first time, there is no denying that  Crumb Bun Cake is a classic dessert that is here to stay.


EQUIPMENT: mixing bowl, rectangular cakepan, measuring cups and spoons

Chef’s Note: To be straight with you – I seldom “bake the cake”.  I just want the CRUMB STREUSEL! If I do I use JIFFY Yellow Cake Mix, it is consistent and comes out perfect every time. Anyway, real men do not bake cakes.

Now the CRUMB STREUSEL is a different story. It needs to be the absolute best and must be mixed in a specific way for perfection.


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, soft room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose or cake flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for topping


Preheat oven to 375ᵒF.

Mix the cake according to the directions. Place mix in a buttered cake pan and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.

Add the softened butter and combine with a fork. If you add the flour before the butter the butter absorbs into the flour instead of the sugar.

Add the flour and mix with a fork. You want the CRUMB to be crumbly, so do not overmix...

Top the cake with CRUMB Streusel mix. Gently press it into the mix.

Bake the CRUMB mix, with or without the cake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Save some for other people NOT!


Mix 1 box of Jiffy Cake Mix with one 20 oz can of Apple Pie Filling. Place in a buttered baking pan, top with streusel, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Top with powdered sugar and serve warm with vanilla ice cream. NOTE: when hot it is gooyey and delicious. When in the refer it sets up firm.