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grandmas one bowl crumb cake

Recipe by
Linda Mericle
Dadeville, AL

My mom found this in my school fundraiser cookbook. It was a novelty back then. Easy crumb cake all in one bowl! Just a dusting of crumbs with a spicy cake. Now you see this kind of thing everywhere. It tastes a lot like muffins from Mimi's and other restaurants. Thank you mom, for all the years of crumb cake you inspired us with. I think in her day she used crisco instead of butter, but it was still delicious to us kids. Start your kids and grand kids on this while young, so they can build the memories. A big square of warm cake and a glass of cold milk-mmmm!

yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For grandmas one bowl crumb cake

  • 1/2 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 1 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 c
    white sugar
  • 2 c
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1
  • 1 c
  • 2-3 Tbsp
    milk (as needed)

How To Make grandmas one bowl crumb cake

  • Here is a danish whisk and my pastry cutter. Use the cutter or your fingers to blend butter into the flour mixture.
    Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, flour, baking soda and powder, the salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cut the butter in either with your fingers or a pastry cutter. Remove 1/2 cup of this to save as topping.
  • This photo is before the nuts were added.
    Here I set aside some topping. Nuts are optional. I added them to both the batter and the topping.
  • 3
    Oh no, not enough buttermilk! But never fear, there are always options. I could just fill the rest with milk, although it will be a thinner batter. Or I could add a blob of sour cream and then top off with milk. As it happens, I have some plain yogurt, "European Style" which means runny. So I just put about 1/4 cup of that in with the buttermilk and then topped off with the milk. Works like a charm. As long as you get about the desired thickness of liquid. If I had to make it with just milk, I would use less, and I would have used more baking powder and less of the baking soda. Baking soda works best with acidic liquids like buttermilk and yogurt. Baking powder is best when used with just milk.
  • 4
    Add the egg to the measuring cup holding the buttermilk, whisk and add to the flour mixture. Stir with a danish whisk or wooden spoon until just mixed.(If the batter seems just too thick, add 2 tablespoon or more of milk to it.) Pour into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan.
  • 5
    Sprinkle the reserved topping over the crumb cake batter. Optionally, you can top with chopped nuts as well. Bake until the cake springs back when pressed with a finger and is golden brown. (About 35 minutes)

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