Despite The Chef’s well-documented aversion to desserts, he speaks very highly of this one. Also, “crumb cake” is actually a German specialty called “Streuselkuchen,” and that’s just plain fun to say.
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean
7 oz butter (softened 1/2 inch cubes)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- For the batter, mix milk, eggs, and oil. Add dry ingredients. Do not over-mix.* Pour into cake pan.
- For the topping, mix dry ingredients together and add butter to form crumbs.*
- Sprinkle on top of batter.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Let the cake cool completely and top with powdered sugar.
*Chef says the two biggest mistakes you can make are over-mixing and making the crumbs too dry, so consider yourself warned.