Easy crumb cake

    40 min

    This is Mrs Hathaway's recipe for a deliciously easy to make cake. The simple vanilla sponge is sprinkled with a lovely cinnamon crumb topping just before baking. Serve with cream or on its own.

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    Serves: 9 

    • 50g butter
    • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 200g plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 150ml milk
    • Topping
    • 2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 5 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together 50g butter and 5 tablespoons sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended. Combine 200g flour, salt and baking powder; stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Spread evenly in a 23cm cake tin.
    3. In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons flour, 5 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, and rub into the dry mixture using your fingers until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of the cake.
    4. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.

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    Reviews in English (28)


    This recipe was so easy and quick to make and went down a treat for Sunday afternoon. I have saved this as one of my favourites.  -  12 Mar 2012


    This is a great recipe but the topping needs tweaking. I double the amount so it covers the cake well and increase the amount of flour or else it isn't properly crumbly  -  12 Jun 2014


    Very good! This recipe peaked my interest as my dad attended the same high school. The cake lives up to its reputation--very moist after letting it set overnight. I used brown sugar instead of white in the crumb topping because of personal preference, and would suggest doubling the topping recipe if you like a lot of crumbs; it doesn't make a whole lot. Overall a very nice coffee cake and easy to make with ingredients everyone has on hand!  -  18 Feb 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)