Crumb Cake for a Crowd

Homemade Crumb Cake

Do you remember those little Hostess crumb cakes? When I was a kid my dad used to buy those just for me because I loved them so much. I’ve tried a couple of recipes that failed, but today I’m going to share a delicious crumb cake with you that brings back childhhood memories.

Homemade Crumb CakeWarning, this makes a lot of crumb cake. This would be a great breakfast treat for a holiday when you have several guests in the house. Cut into squares and placed in zipper sandwich bags, it will also make for a great treat to add to your child’s lunch bag.

Homemade Crumb CakeIt’s time again for The Secret Recipe Club. This month I was assigned to Chris and Rachel’s blog, The Keenan Cookbook. Chris and Rachel make a great pair. Chris does most of the cooking and baking and Rachel takes pictures and does the editing. A match made in food blogger Heaven! :)

I actually picked several recipes from their blog that I might want to try. This White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake sounds amazing and I may make it for Christmas! Then there was this Buffalo Chicken Mac And Cheese which I still have bookmarked, it sounds great! I also looked at these decadent Cookies and Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies O. M. G.

Homemade Crumb CakeUltimately though, I decided on a recipe affectionately named Mom’s Crumb Cake.

Homemade Crumb CakeThe sheer amount of butter in the topping frightened me at first, and I’m not shy about using butter! However, once I realized it would be spread across a 12×17 jelly roll pan my cholesterol meter calmed down a bit. :) This makes a LOT of cake. It’s delicious and very easy. The only thing, and no fault to the recipe or the Keenans, is that it uses a yellow cake mix, which tastes overly sweet to me. Since I started baking so many cakes from scratch, I’m no terribly fond of cake mixes. They are quick and great in a pinch, but yellow cake in particular is very sweet. I would love to try this recipe again with a “from scratch” cake, and maybe in muffin form!

Homemade Crumb Cake

Thanks for the great recipe Chris and Rachel!

Crumb Cake for a Crowd

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


    For the cake
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix (NOT pudding type)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • For the crumb topping
  • 1 pound of softened butter (4 sticks)
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Combine cake ingredients and beat in mixer for 4 minutes. This creates a very satiny, thick batter. Spread into a 12×17 jelly roll pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine crumb topping ingredients until it has the consistency of wet sand.
  3. Crumble over partially cooked cake. Return cake to oven for 10-15 minutes more (toothpick should come out clean if not return to oven).
  4. Optional: Cool and sprinkle with confectioner sugar.
  5. Cut into squares.


  1. says

    Hello Secret Recipe friend! So glad you tried Mom’s crumb cake and liked it – I’m going to send her your post :). The title “crumb cake for a crowd” is very true as this recipe yields quite a lot of cake, though I might amend the title to add “… or, you just had a baby. You are going to eat this all yourself” as Rachel and I did :)

    Thanks again and cheers :)

  2. says

    Wow, this cake looks delicious! I wonder how it would come out if you put the topping onto partially baked cupcakes. Anything baked in the shape of a cupcake is a winner with my kids :)
    Btw, I love the new look of your site, it’s beautiful!

  3. Holly says

    Hello Amanda ! Didn’t expect to see a recipe here from you, how cool! I was googling for a crumb cake recipe for a crowd and the one you shared popped up. It is the same that I make but I make it in a 13×9 pan. I’ve made that recipe for a long time now. My question to you is, will the cake still be moist being baked in such a large pan?My Grandson is having a fund raiser breakfast with his Boy Scout troop and I thought I’d make this to go along with the breakfast they are making. Just in case someone only wants a cup of coffee and piece of crumb cake.Hope to hear from you soon as the breakfsst is this coming wknd.Thanks Amanda!

    • Amanda Formaro says

      Yes the cake will still be moist! I actually wondered the same thing but it worked out fine, just be careful not to over bake :)

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  4. Deb says

    This is one of my most favorite coffeecake recipes – I cannot stand cake mix, so I make homemade cake mix to keep in the freezer, then use it for this yummy cake. FABULOUS!

  5. carole says

    i would add chopped apples to make it an apple crumb cake.but chop very small.even yummier…………
    yours sounds yummy too

  6. Mary says

    We call this funeral cake b/c it makes so much and keeps well. The recipe I have calls for a white cake mix rather than yellow. I think that keeps the sweetness down.

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