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I pretty much share all my treats with coworkers & friends because there’s no way it’s healthy if Jason and I ate all of them! I love that the panettone baking cups stand up on their own so you don’t even have to put them in a muffin tin.

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You just place them on a baking sheet and bake! They fill a lot too, which was great for this recipe since the crumb to cake ratio was about 3:1 – the best!

Sidenote: You know what’s worse than craving Chick-Fil-A on a Sunday and having it be closed? Rolling up to a Chick-Fil-A on a Thursday evening and seeing that it’s CLOSED due to renovations.

What the what?! So inappropriate!

We pulled up to the CFA parking lot and there were about 7 other cars just parked in the parking lot looking as confused as we were trying to quickly think of plan B for dinner.

Can you imagine if you had a wailing 5 year old in the backseat? “But I WANT Chick-Fil-A!!!!!” Yeah, good thing we don’t have one of those. This lady even got out of the car to see if this was a joke.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a joke. Lame-o.

When it comes to crumb cakes, especially the New York-style coffee crumb cakes, I’m all about the crumb.

I prefer very little cake and a massive crumb topping. When I found this recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, I knew I had to try it.

If you’re tempted to substitute all-purpose flour for the cake flour – don’t. Just go to the store and buy cake flour. Why?

If you use all-purpose flour, you’re going to end up with a dry, tough muffin. Also, use buttermilk! If you don’t have it, you can always substitute it with plain yogurt or put 1 tablespoon of white vinegar into 1 cup of milk.

The recipe says it makes a dozen and you might find that a little unbelievable, but remember: this recipe is more about the crumb topping than the cake.

This recipe has just a cushion of cake compared to the massive crumb topping. If you want to make an even ratio of cake vs. crumb, then it’ll only make 6 muffins.

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4.28 from 25 votes

New York-Style Coffee Cake Crumb Muffins

If there is crumb in the name for crumb muffins, you better believe there should be a lot of crumb on top!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 dozen


For the crumb topping

  • cup (67 g) granulated sugar
  • cup (73 g) dark brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoon (112 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ¾ cups (219 g) cake flour

For the muffin

  • 1 ¼ cup (156 g) cake flour
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoon (84 g) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces, softened but still cool
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup (79 ml) buttermilk, or 1/3 cup plain yogurt


  • Preheat oven to 325 °F (163 °C). Line muffin pan with baking cups or prepare panettone baking cups by spraying them lightly with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together sugars, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the butter over top and using a wooden spoon, mix until incorporated. Then add the cake flour and mix until mixture resembles a thick and cohesive dough. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt on low speed to combine. With mixer at low speed, add butter one piece at a time; continue beating until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no visible butter chunks remaining, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the egg, egg yolk, vanilla extract and buttermilk and mix until all has been incorporated and batter is light and fluffy.
  • Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup (**see NOTES below), divide up batter into prepared muffin pan. Then, sprinkle a generous amount of the crumb topping on top, using your fingers to pinch the dough into a crumbly mixture, if not already. Do not press the crumb topping into the batter. Just let it sit on top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until crumbs are golden and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (Note: I did stick my muffins under the broiler at about the 15 minute baking mark so the tops would get nice and brown. If you do this, make sure to watch it carefully. You do not have to do the broiler step and can omit it completely.)
  • Let muffins cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


You’ll need to use deeper/taller than normal baking cups for this (like panettone baking cups) otherwise the crumb topping will fall off. If you use normal baking cups, use less batter then add the crumb topping.
Source: Cook’s Illustrated


Serving: 1Muffin, Calories: 339kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 14g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 23g

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  1. This revised recipe (1/18/24) is completely different from the original – which I have made many times and absolutely LOVE! Where can we access your original recipe?

    1. hi Kim, it’s actually not. i haven’t touched the recipe. it shows revised because i changed the category on it so it “modified” the post. the recipe is the exact same.

    1. you can certainly give it a shot! i haven’t done it before though so i can’t give good direction for that.

  2. The topping IS DRY AND DOES NOT STICK TO MUFFIN..!!! Followed recipe exactly.. now, the muffin part, TASTED HORRIBLE. THREW ALL IT AWAY.WASTE

  3. 1st of all I want to tell you that this recipe is amazing the flavor is just right and the texture of the crumb cake is perfect. tender moist all the things that crumb cake should have. I am struggling quite a bid with of the crumb topping. I bought the panntonne molds and have been using them. I’ve made 2 batches so far trying to get the crumb topping the stay on top but it continues to sink to the bottom! I wanted to know if you have any suggestions before I go out and buy more molds. The top of my cumb cakes are flat because the dough rises up above the crumbs leaving no crumbs and they’re all inside and not really not that pretty. What is the secret to crumbs that dont sink?! I really appreciate any suggestions. I have been following your directions to a t. :)

    1. what kind of muffin liners are you using? that could be one way to prevent sinking, but also if you pile them really high with the tall muffin liners, they may prevent sinking since the sides of the muffin liners would “hold” them

      1. Thank you for asking. I am using the same panettone molds you suggest. They are expensive but beautiful. My topping is high as I baked 9 individual panettone cups. I appreciate any suggestions you have to help these not sink. The taste is perfect, and I really want to perfect these. Thank you again.

  4. I would adjust your measurements for the topping. I didn’t use taller liners and simply added less batter to the muffins cups as instructed. I had A LOT of topping left over and it went to waste.

  5. Tastes good, but hardly any topping stayed on after baking! Very sad about that, will have to try another method to make it stay. I also loaded up the topping and still had a LOT leftover.