Birthday Butter Crumb Cakes

butter crumb cakesTomorrow’s my birthday, and since I’ll be working and not so much celebrating, I thought I would take a little time today to make myself a treat.  As far as I’m concerned, birthdays are just an excuse for eating cake for breakfast!  These little cakes are soft and buttery and have a very delicate crumb, thanks to the cake flour and, um, lots of butter.  The crumb topping is a little bit crumbly and a little bit crunchy, and really just an excuse for adding more butter and sugar to the cakelet.  Call it a coffee cake and no one will be the wiser when you snarf it up for breakfast.  Perrrfect.

butter crumb cake trio

This recipe can also be baked up into a coffee cake rather than cakelets, just use an 8×8 inch pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Butter Crumb Cakes

Crumb Topping

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1-3/4 cup cake flour

Stir together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Mix in melted butter.  Stir in flour, mixing well.  Set aside.

Cake Batter

  • 1-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp butter, slightly softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Place the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a mixer bowl and stir to combine.  Add the softened butter a tablespoon at a time while mixing on low speed until combined and slightly crumbly.  Mix in egg, almond extract, and vanilla.  Beat on medium high speed about one minute, until whipped and creamy.  Portion batter into greased muffin cups, filling each approximately 1/2 to 2/3 full.  If you use a scoop to portion the batter, level out each portion so that the top of the dough is fairly flat–this will avoid a “bald spot” forming on the top of the cake as it bakes.  Crumble a thick layer of the topping mix over each muffin cup.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out with just a few crumbs attached.


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