Friday, July 1, 2011

NY Style Crumb Cake - I finally made it!

I've been so busy lately that for the first time in my life I became a procrastinator... I honestly don't know what I was thinking putting off this delicious crumb cake for so long!

To be honesty, I wasn't exactly excited when I saw that New York Style Crumb Cake was the first recipe we would be making for Club:BAKED because I am a chocolate fanatic so I always chose CHOCOLATE over anything else. I was a bit nervous when I realized that Baked Explorations was not filled with tons of extra chocolatey treats... NY Style Crumb Cake changed my mind. Don't get me wrong I still LOVE chocolate but now I am excited about all the Baked Exploration recipes.

Well anyway... I had every intention to bake this crumb cake weeks ago because I cannot STAND waiting till the last minute. I am an 'always early' person, so a few weeks ago I bought all the ingredients I needed to bake this crumb cake but life threw a curve ball at me.

I recently graduated from college and I have been applying to jobs like a mad women, but up until now I hadn't heard back from anyone. Well right around the time I purchased all the ingredients for this recipe one of the jobs called me back! The most promising and high paying job in fact. So my last few weeks have been consumed with interviews and paperwork and online courses and finger printing and background checks and such and well... I used up my sour cream on nachos and almost completely forgot about this weeks recipe.

If you have read any of my posts before now you probably already know that I did not go to the grocery store today to buy more sour cream but I instead came up with a substitute. (I should probably change my name to Totally Substituted) Well I rummaged through my fridge and decided that I could substitute the sour cream for strained yogurt.  Of course I didn't have enough vanilla yogurt ( a little less than a cup) but you know what I did have? Yoplait's Strawberry Shortcake yogurt... so I added that in as well with a little bit of baking soda to thicken the yogurt up. ( I also had Key Lime Pie flavor but I figured Strawberry Shortcake would blend a little better). To my surprise... it worked out! You could taste a hit a strawberry in the raw batter but once it was baked you couldn't even notice.

Ready for the oven!

In the oven

My crumb cake came out so much better than I ever imagined! Both my mother and niece enjoyed it too.

Fresh out!

I am so excited about that this crumb topping... all the other crumb toppings I have made before sink down to the bottom but this one help up wonderfully!

Oh one more thing... I decided to a Cinnamon and brown sugar filling. I mixed together a version of the crumble topping without adding the flour and I added it half way through pouring the cake mix then added the rest of the cake mix on top of it. I am so glad I did! It is one of my favorite aspects of the cake!

I would say over all this was absolutely a success! I can't wait to bake the Farm Stand Buttermilk Donuts Three Ways from Baked Explorations.

Check out all the other bloggers crumb cakes here!



  1. I used yogurt too! It is a great sub for sour cream. Your crumbs look big and tasty! Congrats on your job! I know it can be tough finding a job for anybody, esp recent grads.

  2. Thank you Jess!!! I am really happy that the yogurt worked out so well! I am slowly learning what works and what doesn't.

  3. LOL...I never thought you would be the procrastinator! And I think nachos are great use for your sour cream. I'm impressed with your substitution!

    Your cake looks delicious! So happy you joined the group. :)

  4. ahaha I know right Gloria! But nachos is a great use for sour cream. Thanks! I am happy you told me about it!

  5. Strawberry yogurt! What a neat idea! I always sub yogurt for sour ceam. Less calories! With all the butter and eggs we use its great. Glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for joining and baking along with me this week.

  6. Congratulations on your new job and a great cake. I Love your sense of humor about the substitutions...sometimes those can really elevate food above and beyond.

    BTW...Nachos are a perfect excuse not to have sour cream!

  7. Totally substituted indeed! I wouldn't have even thought about using yogurt. What a great idea! I am impressed. Your cake came out so good... I completing understand your love of chocolate... me too, but these first two recipes have been great. Congrats on the interviews - I wish you the best at landing the perfect job!

  8. Your cinnamon filling brings this to a whole new level. Sounds delicious.

  9. Oh a couple of fresh strawberries chopped up would have been a perfect pairing with this cake though! Lovely substitutions.

  10. Great idea to do the filling!..looks delishhh!!

  11. Interesting substitutions!! I love the addition of cinnamon! Good luck with the job!

  12. A cinnamon-brown sugar layer would be perfect. Looks great!

    P.S. Congrats on the job!

  13. Thanks everyone for your comments and congratulations, I really appreciate it!