Cappuccino Crumb Cake

Cappuccino Crumb Cake

Cappuccino Crumb Cake
What kind of music have you been listening to lately? I’m fairly all over the map when it comes to music, but I generally stick to a few genres: folk, indie rock, experimental electronic, dubstep, jazz, and every once in a while, pop and R&B. Okay, maybe that’s more than a few. 😛

It’s kind of a strange mix, but I often find that the genre of music I choose has to match up with my mood. I’m sure it’s similar for you too! As I write this post, I have this album on repeat. I definitely need to listen to something upbeat in the morning to give me that extra kick in the butt to get moving.

When my brain is all over the place and I’m feeling distracted, dubstep is the genre of music that brings me back to earth. Half the time it sounds like noise, but when done well, it’s so artfully experimental and the rhythms can be very reminiscent of jazz rhythms (previous band geek over here). Even when it sounds like metal garbage cans being dragged down the street. 😉
Cappuccino Crumb Cake
I’d love to hear from you in the comments about the music you’re listening to lately! I’m always happy to find something new. 🙂

Okay, back to the food and the reason you clicked over here in the first place. This cappuccino crumb cake took some time to perfect, but once I got it right, I realized it was way too good to share. There is still a small container with two or three slices of cappuccino crumb cake in the back of my freezer for emergencies.

It’s very moist, and due to the instant coffee in the recipe there’s a smooth coffee flavour throughout with just a hint of cinnamon and a thick layer of crunchy, sweet, buttery crumbs. Enjoy 🙂
Cappuccino Crumb Cake
Tools used for this recipe (contains affiliate links):

KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Mixer: My tiny kitchen is low on space, so this is the tool I use whenever I need to mix dough, or whip cream. It’s stylish and small and very easy to clean.

Cappuccino Crumb Cake
Author: My Dish is Bomb
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Serves: one 8×8 cake
  • [i]Crumb topping[/i]
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • [i]Cake[/i]
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 TB instant coffee
  • 85 g (3 oz) softened butter (about 1/3 cup plus 1 TB)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • optional: icing sugar for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. In another small bowl, stir together the milk and instant coffee until the coffee is dissolved. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add the egg and mix on low-medium. Add the baking powder, salt, vanilla, sour cream, and milk mixture. Mix on low, then on medium, to combine.
  5. Pour the batter in the baking pan and smooth over the top with a spatula. Sprinkle the crumbs on top of the batter. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Optional: dust the top with icing sugar. Serve.

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

16 thoughts on “Cappuccino Crumb Cake”

  1. I tend to listen to a wide variety of music, which always depends on my mood. But, most of the time it is classical in the kitchen and 70’s rock n roll in the car. I’ve never heard of dubstep before, but I am totally going to check it out. You have me intrigued! Anyways, I am addicted to crumb cakes… I mean, what normal person isn’t?! And this one looks deeeeeelish! LOVING the cappuccino flavor in here! I would totally hoard this cake to myself too, so no judgement there!! Pinned! Cheers, Katy!

    1. I used to love classical whenever I studied! It’s so great for keeping focus. Dubstep is like EDM but 1,000 times more grating to listen to, just so you know what you’re in for. It mayyyy be an acquired taste 😛 But I hope you like it!! And thanks for pinning!

  2. My go to music genre is classic rock, but I enjoy a wide variety of music as well. Just recently (with some Christmas gift cards) I purchased Adele’s new 25 album, a Best of Buffy St.-Marie album, and Karen O.’s single “I Shall Rise” from the new Tomb Raider video game TV commercial.

    This cake looks really really tasty Katy! Maybe some would find it weird that I despise coffee (the drink) but absolutely love it when used in any sort of baking. I made a honey cake the other day that turned out pretty well so that might give me the confidence to make something like this 🙂

    1. I’m so envious that you have Adele’s new album! You’ll have to let me know how it is. And I don’t think it’s strange that you don’t like the coffee drink but like it in desserts. I don’t like fresh bananas but I love banana desserts! And that honey cake sounds amazing!

  3. Hmm, I’m going to have to check out that album by Jamie xx, I do like the xx. I have been pretty addicted to my glass animals pandora station for like a year. I don’t know, they keep adding new stuff so I rarely get sick of it. Anyway, I could really go for a slice of this cake right now! Love that it has the cappuccino flavor to it!

    1. I had to google Pandora and then discovered I can’t see it because I’m in Canada 😛 And I think you’ll love that album if you like the xx! It’s a similar style, but I think his newest album crosses genres a little more on multiple songs (ex, there is one song that mixes r&b with that dreamy, indie pop/electronic) Enjoy!!

  4. When I am on the subway I need to listen to something that relaxes me amid all the rush hour craziness. The beautiful voices of Laura Marling and Nona Marie Invie from Dark Dark Dark have done just that! I can always get down with a powerful and darn right sexy female voice! This crumb cake looks positively delicious and this just makes me want to invite people over for coffee and tea!

    1. Oooo I’m definitely going to check those two out and add them to my “relaxing” playlist. Thanks Linda!! And yes– I’m always down to listen to a powerful sexy female voice!

  5. I love listening to all kinds of music too – but right now what gets played mostly in my house? The Minions and Barney haha. My kids rule the stations.
    Crumb cake is one of those things that I can never turn down! Love the cappuccino spin and that thick crumb coating, it looks amazing!!!!

  6. Wow this crumb cake looks amazing! Music wise I am a real hip hop head and totally loving Yelawolf’s new(wish) album Love Story. Very mellow for hip hop but love it none the less but to be honest I listen to the radio a lot and thats a real mix. I am also feeling Adel’s new album at the moment as well 😀

    1. Thanks so much Emma! Sorry this comment didn’t show up right away, for some reason it went to my spam folder. I can’t wait to listen to Adee’s new album!

  7. Smooth coffee flavor with a hint of cinnamon…love it! Love it! Well, I love my oldies…which probably isn’t saying much since I’m an oldie! 😉 Love 70’s; Sinatra, singer-songwriter stuff, Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, a little Garth Brooks & Zac Brown, anything I can dance to…yeah – that ’bout covers it! 🙂

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