Crumb-Topped Coffee Cake



2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground cloves
¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
2 whole large eggs, room temperature
1 cup chopped walnuts or other nuts
2 tbsp granulated sugar mixed with 2 tsp ground cinnamon for sprinkling


Position racks so that the cake will bake in the middle of an oven and preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch square pan; do not line or flour it. Set aside.

Place the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugars, nutmeg, salt, and cloves together in a strainer or sifter and sift into a large bowl. Whisk to mix well. Using a spoon, form a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, then pour in the melted butter and stir, breaking up clumps, until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Remove 3/4 cup of the mixture to a small bowl and reserve for later use.

Stir the baking powder into the mixture in the large bowl. Add the buttermilk and eggs and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. Evenly distribute the reserved crumb mixture over the top, then scatter the nuts over it and sprinkle with the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Bake until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center with your fingertip and a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes; if the top begins to brown too quickly during baking, cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm or at room temperature directly from the pan.


Serves 8

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook Time: 45 mins.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information is provided as a resource. Values will vary depending on specific ingredients used.
Serving Size: 1
Number of Servings: Serves 8
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 622
Calories from Fat: 315

Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g
Carbohydrates 90g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Saturated Fat 18g
Calories 622kcal
Cholesterol 101mg
Protein 17g
Sodium 361mg
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.