Food has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. In fact, all of my jobs in high school and college were at food places: supermarkets, restaurants, and coffee shops. I thought: if I like eating there, why shouldn’t I work there? Plus, the perks of the job were going to be free food so it seemed like the obvious choice, right?!
Today’s post is inspired by a food that I ate very much at one of these jobs: classic crumb cake, hailing from the one and only Starbucks. Starbucks was my college job for about 3 years. It was super fast-paced since it was the location attached to the campus library. I loved it. Work went by really fast and we got to experiment with new drinks all the time. But, of course, the best part was eating all the yummy pastries.
Crumb cake has been a staple at Starbucks for as long as I can remember. Have you had it before? There was just something about the soft cake topped with the dense, cinnamon crumbs that I was obsessed about. Plus, it paired beautifully with their coffee frappuccinos. Ahh to be 10 years younger and not care about calories…That was the life.
I recently got a huge craving for this cake so I knew I had to make it next. I mean, Tyson has been choosing so many recipes recently so it was my turn!
Let me tell you, this cake is just as amazing as I remember it. And Tyson agreed! Every time he took a bite he would tell me how delicious it was. Every single time. But I’m not one to turn down compliments so I let him go on 🙂
The combination of the cake and cinnamon crumbs just melts in your mouth. I can’t remember the last time I made a cake this moist. That’s where the sour cream comes in. Sour cream is a secret ingredient in many cakes to make them super moist, especially pound cakes. It sure does the job on this one, too!
This is actually a really easy simple recipe. It felt nice to take a break from the recipes that took up my whole morning. The cake is ready in under an hour, so you can make it right as you wake up and still have it ready for breakfast. Or make them right after dinner and have them ready for dessert. This is also a great choice for Christmas morning, when you don’t feel like making anything complicated or time-consuming.
And bonus, you probably have all these ingredients at home. Those are my favorite recipes! Rise and bake. No supermarket visits in my pajamas today, Publix.
Since this recipe is so simple, I struggled with helpful tips for you guys. But c’mon, have I failed you before? I still found a couple:
- Do not forget to place the crumb mixture in the fridge while you make the cake batter. If the mixture does not cool down a little, the crumbs will be too warm and melt into the cake mixture when it’s baking. It will still taste amazing, but it won’t have the crumb texture you’re looking for.
- For an added presentation effect, you can sprinkle the top of the cake with powdered sugar just before serving. I totally forgot to do that because I couldn’t wait to dive in. But it adds a nice touch if you want to impress friends and family.
Now, what are you waiting for?! Make this cake immediately! You won’t regret it.
When you’ve tried them out, let me know how you like it in the comments below. Or let me know what kinds of jobs you had back in the day. Did anyone else work at Starbucks, too?!
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Recipe (adapted from Cooking Classy):