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Twelve streusel-topped muffins on a gray and white marble surface.

The Best Old-Fashioned Crumb Cakes

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cakes 1x


Melt-in-your-mouth Old Fashioned Crumb Cakes are the classic streusel-topped cake you love, in individual servings that are perfect for dessert or breakfast.



For the Cake:

  • Cooking oil spray or softened butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

For the Topping:

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking oil or softened butter.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Scatter the dry mixture over the top of the wet mixture, and stir to combine.
  4. Scoop batter into 12 muffin cups, to about 2/3 full.
  5. To make the topping, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter in a small bowl. Rub together with your fingers until the mix is crumbly. Sprinkle generously on top of the cakes, and flatten gently to make it stick.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes