Such Good Cake, And Not


I was at the grocery store the other day when my fevered (hungry) eye was taken by a box cake mix for a cinnamon crumb cake. I was so taken (hungry) that I almost picked up the box mix! But I restrained myself due to my loathing of box mixes and instead studied the photograph that was so seizing my (hungry) imagination. It was kind of a yellow cake, so I knew it had to have a few eggs going on. Or some food coloring, since this was a box mix. And it was obviously a simple cake with a cinnamon crumb topping. How hard can it be?

So I promptly went home and searched for cinnamon crumb cake on the internet, and found a recipe. And made it.

It looked great.

Then I tasted it and it was the worst, most tasteless cake I’ve ever eaten. Worse than a box mix! You just can’t trust a recipe on the internet!

Oh, wait, I post recipes on the internet all the time…..

Okay, you can’t trust just ANY recipe on the internet!

You can trust me, I swear.

Then Morgan came home from school and told me she was bringing friends home with her on the bus the next day. She said she’d been wanting me to make a cake for them!

I said, “You can make a cake for yourself.”

She was inhaling the cinnamony fragrance of the cake I’d just baked as we stood in the kitchen. “But you make the best cakes. Can we have this one?”

I told her no, that was an awful cake, don’t touch it!

And so, next morning, I made cake again, this time using my homemade yellow cake recipe topped it with a cinnamon crumb topping.

The girls had pizza and good cake and played cards.
I baked the cake in a 9 x 12 pan. Here’s the topping I put on it:

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Cut into a crumb mixture and sprinkle on top of the cake before baking.
It’s delicious. I promise!


  1. Ag Adventure says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Also, is the Magic the Gathering that they are playing? I thought I was the only one who catered for gaming parties!

  2. angkm67 says:

    I have my grandmother’s crumb cake recipe. Its delicious. I think the key is buttermilk. She always had a quart of buttermilk in her refrigerator. Grandpa would drink some and the rest would be used to make crumb cake.

  3. Joell says:

    That looks so good, we love cakes with a crumb topping, a nice change from frosting, and you dont feel quilty eating them for breakfast.

  4. Esor says:

    If you have any homemade jam, make little several “wells” in the crumb mixture and drop a teaspoon or so of jam in each before baking. Dang it is good!

  5. TeeTeeLee says:

    Thank you for the recipes! I’ve never tried making my own cake mix, so this will be a treat! Love your site!

  6. STH says:

    I’ve definitely found that you need to be cautious about internet recipes–I have some blogs I read that have reliable recipes ( is one I rely on a lot) and I use those, but there are lots of lousy recipes out there. I can confidently say that I’ve never made a recipe from your site that didn’t work and we didn’t love!

  7. diana1096 says:

    To make this just like the kind at the store, put half the cake mix in and then use a coffeecake topping mix that uses brown & granulated sugar and cinnamon to sprinkle a layer on. Then top with the rest of the cake mix. Sprinkle on another cinnamon layer. Then use a butter knife to whirl it in. Bake as normal. :snoopy:

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