Filipinized New York Style Crumb Cake

My First Crumb Cake: Filipinized New York Style

I have been following a lot of US-based food blogs and recipes for Crumb Cake keep turning up. I cannot relate to it because I did not really know what a Crumb Cake is. I always just gave it a glance and moved on with browsing. Until finally, I got curious enough, did some research and tried out one recipe – the New York Crumb Cake by Sara Foster as featured in Martha Stewart. I was drawn to test this particular recipe because it has a video, hehe. I was not disappointed! What a pleasant surprise this cake concept is! Since I love experimenting, I made some modifications according to my gustatory imagination. Thus the title: New York Style (-ish) =p. I did not use cinnamon powder for the crumbs as is customary to New York Style Crumb Cake because not a lot of Filipinos appreciate the flavor. I went for sweet, salty and milky instead by adding in a lot of full cream milk powder and processed cheese. I also opted not to dust the top with powdered sugar because I believe it is unnecessary added sweetness. 

Filipinized Crumb Cake

So what exactly is a Crumb Cake? Basically, I understand it to be a cake with crumbs or streusel. There are of course millions of versions and differing ratio of crumbs to cake; but one blog I’ve encountered, Cake Spy, asserted that crumbs should consist at least a third of the cake lest it must just be pertained to as a cake with a crumb topping. In my analysis though, I believe that a Crumb Cake should at least be 50+1% crumbs. The crumbs should be the majority of a Crumb Cake to be called Crumb Cake and not cake with crumbs, right? Well, it’s probably the scientist in me speaking =p. Moreover, I am not sure if my two cents about this has any bearing at all since this is My First Crumb Cake after all. Oh well, oh well, I guess this blog is precisely for these kinds of personal thoughts and musings. With that, I shall follow my own rule every time I make a Crumb Cake ^_^ since I am looking forward to making a lot of Crumb Cake in the future using varying flavors and combinations.

Filipinized Crumb Cake

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New York Style-ish Crumb Cake
Serves 16
A sweet, salty and milky breakfast dessert treat
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
For the Bottom Cake
  1. 1 1/2 cups (188 g) All Purpose Flour
  2. 1/2 cup (100 g) Refined/White Sugar
  3. 2 1/2 tsps (12 g) Baking Powder
  4. 1/2 (4 g) tsp Fine Salt
  5. 1 large egg (50 g)
  6. Milk Solution - 1/3 cup Water + 3 tbsps Full Cream Milk Powder (24 g)
  7. 2 tbsps (30 ml) Cooking Coconut Oil
  8. 2 tsps (10 ml) Vanilla Flavor
For the Top Crumbs
  1. 1 1/2 cups (188 g) All Purpose Flour
  2. 1 cup (220 g) Golden Brown Sugar
  3. 1 cup (128 g) Full Cream Milk Powder
  4. 1 cup (125 g) Processed Cheese (shredded)
  5. 1/2 cup (113 g) Unsalted Butter (melted)
  1. 9.5x13.5 Rectangular Pan
  2. Thinly brush pan with oil
  3. Lightly dust with flour
  4. Line the bottom with parchment paper
Waiting Times
  1. 15 to 20 mins to preheat oven at 325oF or 165oC (use external thermometer)
For the Bottom Cake
  1. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups (188 g) All Purpose Flour, 1/2 cup (100 g) Refined/White Sugar, 2 1/2 tsps Baking Powder and 1/2 tsp Fine Salt until well-combined
  2. Dissolve 3 tbsps Full Cream Milk Powder in 1/3 cup Water
  3. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk 1 Large Egg (50 g), Milk Solution, 2 tbsps (30 ml) Cooking Coconut Oil and 2 tsps (10 ml) Vanilla Flavor
  4. Sift in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until just combined (this is going to be a sticky and very thick batter)
  5. Pour onto the prepared pan and level
For the Top Crumbs
  1. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups (188 g) All Purpose Flour, 1 cup (220 g) Golden Brown Sugar, 1 cup (128 g) Full Cream Milk Powder and 1 cup (125 g) Processed Cheese (shredded) until well-combined
  2. Pour in 1/2 cup (113 g) melted Unsalted Butter
  3. Mix with spatula until everything is moistened
  4. Toss with hands, press and crumble
  5. It is optional to press together bigger clusters for added texture
  6. Place crumbs on top of the cake batter
  7. Bake for 20 mins in the middle rack or until a toothpick or fork comes out clean
  1. You can use a differently-sized pan but make sure to adjust the baking time
  2. You can definitely use other flavors, spices or binders for the top crumbs. Go ahead and experiment!
Adapted from Sarah Foster
Adapted from Sarah Foster
fully freely lesley

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