Monday, September 24, 2012

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

We enjoyed the first official weekend of fall and took advantage of a lovely, lazy Sunday. It had been a bit of a tough week for both of us with some family stresses so it was great to have a day of leisure just to ourselves. We slept in, lazed around all morning and then headed out with the pup to enjoy the nice cool weather. We shopped for some pumpkins, picked up a bottle of pumpkin spice liqueur and headed home for an afternoon cocktail. Dinner was a great butternut squash pasta bake but we definitely left room for the dessert.

Pumpkin Crumb Cake
On Friday afternoon I did my first pumpkin baking of the season and I started with an amazing pumpkin crumb cake. It was wonderfully moist with the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor and spice and our whole house smelled like autumn. After a long, hot summer, the air conditioners are finally off and a fresh breeze is coming in through the open windows. There's a big bowl of apples on our table and the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin in the air. I love fall. Enjoy!








Ingredients

Crumb Layer:
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Stick unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
Dash of salt

Cake Layer:
1 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Stick unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 Cup sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Cup sour cream
1/2 Cup unsweetened pureed pumpkin (canned is fine)

Topping:
1/4 Cup Confectioner's sugar
1 Teaspoon cinnamon

Pumpkin Crumb Cake
To make the crumb topping, combine the sugar, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir in the melted butter and then the flour. Mix well and set aside.

To make the cake, cream the butter and sugar together using either a stand mixer or a hand mixer. Add the eggs, vanilla, pumpkin and sour cream and continue mixing until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Stir into the batter and mix until combined.

To assemble the cake, pour the cake layer batter into a greased 9" round spring-form pan (you can also bake this in a 9" square baking dish). Crumble the crumb topping evenly over the batter and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for approximately 45 - 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from the spring-form pan. Dust the top with the sugar/cinnamon mixture before serving. Makes approximately 10 servings.

44 comments:

  1. What a lovely pumpkin crumb cake. I am sure my two pumpkin lovers will be very happy if I make this cake. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What a relaxing day :) now this is my kind of crumb cake, a pumpkin cake with all that yummy crumb goodness on top, perfection!

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  3. O wow that looks soooo good! I've already gone through 4 cans of pumpkin baking... and its 3 weeks into September :) Ive never used it as a crumb cake though, this looks awesome, bookmarking!

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  4. That is such a beautiful crumb cake!! The pumpkin makes it such a lovely color, too :)

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  5. I've been fighting the advent of fall; I don't want summer to end but now that it's 'officially' here guess I better get on the pumpkin bandwagon and this looks like a good start!

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  6. What a wonderful picture you painted of Happy Fall Sundays; I know my boyfriend and I wait for the autumn each year to do the same thing. Nothing better than relaxing and spending some time together with delicious comfort food. I am going to go check out the pasta bake now though; I am hesitant of squash but it sounds so perfect for the weather that I can't resist! Double for the Pumpkin cake - so many fabulous pumpkin recipes I'll have to buy pumpkin in bulk this fall :D

    Jess @ OnSugarMountain

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  7. Oh Anita, this cake is what Fall was made for! Delicious!! I just made a blueberry streusel cake that was delicious, but this one is sure to top that. I am making it next weekend for sure!!

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  8. This sounds like the perfect snack to pair with my morning coffee!

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  9. This looks so wonderful! I love crumb cakes and the pumpkin is so perfect for fall :)

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  10. Oh mah gaw. What did you do????

    I'll trade you for some apple chimichangas.

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  11. I cant even tell you how excited I am to find a new recipe I am over the top about ... I am a pumpkinacholic! this is so fantastic and drool worthy book marked!!!!!

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  12. I just bought some canned pumpkin and was thinking of what I could make with it this weekend....now I know! Looks yummy!!

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  13. This sounds amazing Anita! I love non-gooey desserts and this one is calling my name. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. Oh yum! Fall has brought about all kinds of pumpkin lust inside of me. Thank you for sharing this, my friend. Looks just delicious! I can't wait to give the recipe a try.

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  15. What a lovely intro to fall ... I recently made my first fall pumpkin recipe, as well :-)

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  16. Delicious recipe and absolutely perfect for Fall. Love it! That crumb topping looks amazing

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  17. Oh, boy...a moist pumpkin cake with a crumb topping? Yup, I'll take a BIG slice :)

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  18. This cake looks so moist and delicious. I bet it smells amazing! I love fall too and am enjoying my first visit to your blog. Have a great Wednesday!

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  19. Yowza! This cake looks amazing. I'll take 2 slices, please!

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  20. Hope all is well and better for y'all! I absolutely love pumpkin baked goods, and cannot wait to give this one a try, it absolutely looks and sounds delicious!!!

    www.lifeofamodernhousewife.com

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  21. This looks amazing! I saw this on TK and I just can't wait to make this!

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  22. Lovely! This is just what fall ordered up.

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  23. I'm so ready for fall and a big slice of this pumpkin cake.

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  24. Hi Anita! Thanks for sharing this delicious pumpkin recipe with us at Foodie Friends Friday!

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  25. this sounds awesome. I make a crumb cake without the pumpkin that is similar to this. I am going to have to try this when I have company or take it to work as hubby doesn't like pumpkin :(. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

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  26. YUM, YUM, and more YUM! I love pumpkin and I love crumb cake! This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

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  27. I am addicted to coffee crumb cake, and I can't wait to try this out! I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate pumpkin into desserts instead of the same-ole pumpkin pie. My family has pumpkin pie every year at Thanksgiving, but this recipes looks like a much better substitute.

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  28. This cake looks awesome!!
    I've never tried pumpkin cake with crumbs and it's something I definitely have to
    It must be super tasty

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  29. This is in the oven as we speak! Can't wait to try it!!!

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  30. Looks and sounds delicious! Might have to try this sometime this fall. - Carla

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  31. I'm loving the quick microwave dessert in a bowl! This pumpkin cake is perfect! Keep them coming!

    regards,
    russel of Chiropractic Care Center

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  32. My favorite Pumpkin Crumb Cake comes from www.crumbcakecreations.com....simply outstanding.

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  33. Cake looks delicious however after it was cooling the middle caved in. Did you have this problem?

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    1. Hi there - I didn't have that problem with this particular cake but I've certainly encountered that in the past with other cake recipes. Ovens vary and lulls and dips in the temperature while baking can cause the center to not fully bake. If the sides were not overdone when you took it out then next time I might suggest leaving it in for another 5 minutes. Another option is to bake it in a tube style pan. That can sometimes offer better heat distribution and eliminate the center dip. I hope you at least enjoyed the flavor, dip and all. :)

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  34. I was looking for a pumpkin recipe for a ladies get together - this one fits the bill - and I have all the ingredients! Will be baking tomorrow - the house is going to smell amazing. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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  35. Looks like there's some kinda drizzle of something I'd like to know about... Please share?

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    1. Hi Matthew - It's just a little store bought caramel sauce that I had in the house. I wanted to see if it would enhance the flavor but it ended up not being needed. Just a light dusting of powdered sugar was perfect.

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  36. This is by far the best crumb cake I have ever made. It is ADDICTIVE to say the least. I would recommend this to every one I know.

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