Old Fashioned Lemon Crumb Cake Recipe

Monday, September 5, 2011
I love a plain crumb cake with a lemony flavor, no cinnamon in this one like the traditional coffee cake versions. The cake is light, the topping is a buttery crumb and the lemon flavoring is perfect!


2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon fresh grated lemon
1/8 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
1-3/4 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons lemon juice

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Confectioners sugar for dusting

Mix sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice with food coloring if using, add salt and butter in medium bowl to combine.
Add flour and stir with a rubber spatula until mixture resembles very large course pieces. Set aside.

Cake Batter:
Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
Butter generously an 8 inch square baking dish and  to make sure it won't stick. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, add flour, sugar, baking soda, powder and salt on low speed to combine. With mixer running at low speed, add egg, oil,  sour cream, eggs, lemon, vanilla and beat on medium high speed until light around 1 minute.Transfer batter to baking dish using rubber spatula to spread batter into even layer.

Break apart crumb topping into large pea sized pieces and spread in even layer over batter.

Bake until and wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
Cool at least 30 minutes.
Dust with confectioners sugar just before serving

Alternate Recipe using a cake mix below

1 package (18-1/4 ounces)lemon cake mix with pudding
1 stick butter
1 extra large egg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together and press into place into a greased 13x9 pan.
1 can condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
Mix together and pour over crust.
Bake at 350 for 25 to 28 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.


  1. yess,i caan smell it,i love the lemon flavor!:)

  2. I love lemon cakes. Yours cake is very inviting and tempting for me. Bye, have a great week

  3. I also like an lemon flavor and love to try this =)

  4. I have said it many times.So here we go again:) I am always greatfull for recepies with lemon as I have many many many lemons:)Crumbled anything gets my attention too;)Great

  5. Did I hear Lemon? Wow, u've got some good-looking cakes cooking here, Claudia!

  6. Anything lemon calls my name, this looks great.

  7. I ave lot of lemons, so I can't wait to try these!!

  8. Hello Claudia, This crumb cake would be a perfect treat with coffee in the morning. Blessings for a beautiful day, Catherine xo

  9. Lemons are so refreshingg. I love cooking and flavoring with them. This would definitely be a great breakfast cake with a cup of hot strong coffee.

  10. Lemon is so refreshing even in a cake. Great recipe.

  11. This would be so wonderful with my coffee this morning, or afternoon ;) Looks so delightful!
    Wishing you a very Happy Labor Day!

  12. These are really beautiful! I like that you put a wee bit of yellow food coloring to give it a bright color.

  13. Besides chocolate, my hubby loves lemon desserts! This looks like a fabulous recipe to try.

    PS...I think flank steak is sometimes called London Broil~

  14. What a lovely cake as shown in the photos. I make coffee cakes a lot and always do the cinnamon thing; this will be a delightful departure from the ordinary.
    Thank You.

  15. Oh this looks so good and light! I'm going to try it tomorrow!

  16. This looks really yummy. I should be able to make this, all of the cakes I make turn out crummy. :-)

  17. What a refreshing lemon cake! My favorite part is the crumb topping!

  18. My husband loves anything lemon, especially cake. This is a must try for me. Great pics!

  19. My brother in law just told me last night that he love lemon cake (I bake a lot and invite the fam to be my guinea pigs.) He just helped out with something this morning and I thought I'd make him some kind of lemon cake to thank him--this just might be it!

  20. I adore lemon. Claudia you really did this recipe proud. It is beautiful. I bet it tastes remarkable. Just lovely.

  21. This crumb cake looks so moist and delicious and full of lemon flavor!

  22. This crumb cake looks amazing. Lemon is such a great flavor for desserts and sweets!

  23. I love lemon desserts...so fresh and flavorful. These look divine!

  24. I must bow down to the glory of the lemon flavoring. I would love a slice of this.


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