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New York Style Crumb Cake Muffins


If you are a fan of New York Style Coffee Cake then you’ll love these mini coffee cakes! We all know that the best part of a coffee cake really is the crumb topping. If you don’t start with a recipe for an incredible crumb topping it really is a waste of time, am I right? I have tried numerous crumb cake recipes over the years and have never been too impressed. There really is nothing worse than making a coffee cake only to have all of that delicious crumb sink to the bottom of the cake. You don’t have to worry about the crumbs sinking in these muffins. The dough-like crumbs are big, cinnamony and hold together while being baked. All I needed was one bite to know that these are now one of my favorite muffin recipes. Moist and tender muffins loaded with melt-in-your-mouth crumble nuggets. You need these in your life….trust me! ;)

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  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
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  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces, softened but still cool
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup plain yogurt)
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting


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Step 1

1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line muffin pan with baking cups or prepare panettone baking cups by spraying them lightly with cooking spray.

2.In a medium bowl, whisk together sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the butter over top and using a wooden spoon, mix until incorporated. Then add the cake flour and mix until mixture resembles a thick and cohesive dough. Set aside.

3.In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt on low speed to combine. With mixer at low speed, add butter one piece at a time; continue beating until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no visible butter chunks remaining, 1 to 2 minutes.

4.Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract and buttermilk and mix until all has been incorporated and batter is light and fluffy.

5.Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, divide up batter into prepared muffin pan. Then, sprinkle a generous amount of the crumb topping on top. Do not press the crumb topping into the batter. Just let it sit on top.

6.Bake for 20 minutes or until crumbs are golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (Note: I did stick my muffins under the broiler at about the 15 minute baking mark so the tops would get nice and brown. If you do this, make sure to watch it carefully. You do not have to do the broiler step and can omit it completely.)

7.Let muffins cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Makes 12 muffins

Don’t be tempted to substitute all-purpose flour for the cake flour, as doing so will make a dry, tough muffin. If you can’t find buttermilk, you can substitute an equal amount of plain, low-fat yogurt. When topping the muffins, take care to not push the crumbs into the batter. Cooled leftovers can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

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