Lightened Up New York Crumb Cake

Sorry it took me a full 6 hours to share this cake with you, but I’ve spent all that time trying to come up with a name for this cake.

Is it a NY Crumb cake? A coffee cake, maybe? It kind of tastes like a big fluffy cinnamon roll in cake form, so I had no idea on what to write on the tittle bar ahh.


Lightened Up New York Crumb Cake


I decided to go with NY Crumb cake because, oh well, it looks like that *I think*. Maybe you’re from New York and are now sitting in front of the screen wishing you could punch me in the face because this doesn’t look like a proper NY cake to you. Maybe. I’ll take the risk anyway since I live far away from you New Yorkers and plane tickets are expensive. Therefore I assume you’re not going to hop on a plane and punch me – see? I’m all safe here.

Don’t mind the name, it is awesome anyway.


Lightened Up New York Crumb Cake


Let’s talk cake (aka my favorite topic ever, can you tell?). This one is on the denser side, but that doesn’t mean it’s like a brick or wet at all. I don’t think I would like the texture, as I’m all in for fluffy, tender baked goods, but oh boy, did I adore this!


Lightened Up New York Crumb Cake


Then, there was supposed to be a cinnamon swirl, but I don’t think you can see it from my pictures. At first, I thought that the batter had eaten the swirl *gasp*, but then I cut into the remaining cake and saw that the swirl was in part of the pieces, but not in all of them. Sadly, it is not pictured, so you guys will have to use your imagination. It is a very pretty swirl – the princess of all cinnamon swirls. Can you picture it now?

The streusel is out of this world delicious oh boy. Crunchy, sugary and cinnamony – just the way I like it! I could eat it on its own, but I supposed it makes a killer topping too.


Lightened Up New York Crumb Cake


And as if the cake wasn’t already delicious enough, I decided to drizzle a bit of cream cheese icing on top. I was going to say it is up to you to add it or not, but when is cream cheese icing optional??

a) Never

b) Never

c) Both a) and b) are correct


Lightened Up New York Crumb Cake


So cream cheese icing it was – what a brilliant decision, if I may say so myself. 

Do you know which one is a brilliant decision as well? Making this cake. 

You go guys. And don’t forget to call me when it’s out of the oven – I’d love to come round!


Lightened Up New York Crumb Cake



Lightened Up Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
Serves 20
Super moist cake + cinnamon swirl + crunchy streusel + sweet cream cheese drizzle - say hello to the king of all coffee cakes!
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For the cake
  1. 56 grams butter
  2. 40 grams oil
  3. 250 grams 0% greek yogurt
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 100 grams white sugar
  8. 70 grams brown sugar
  9. 15 grams baking powder
  10. 240 grams flour
Cinnamon Swirl
  1. 20 grams flour
  2. 50 grams brown sugar
  3. 25 grams light butter
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. 100 grams oats
  2. 20 grams whole grain flour
  3. 30 grams hazelnuts
  4. 75 grams brown sugar
  5. 40 grams light butter
Cream cheese icing
  1. 100 grams light cream cheese
  2. 40 grams 1% milk
  3. 15 grams sugar
  4. stevia drops to taste (or more sugar)
For the cake
  1. Mix all of the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in wet ones and mix with an electrical whisk until batter is smooth.
  3. Set aside.
For the swirl
  1. Melt butter and add the rest of ingredients to that bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine and set aside.
For the streusel
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon.
To assemble
  1. Grease a 9x13 baking pan and pour half of the batter in it.
  2. Top with the cinnamon swirl mixture and swirl.
  3. Top with remaing batter.
  4. Pour streusel on top.
  5. Bake at 200ºC for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  6. You'll need to cover this with tinfoil after 15-20 minutes or else the streusel might burn.
For the cream cheese drizzle
  1. Whisk softened cream cheese and milk together. Add sugar and stevia and whisk to combine.
  1. Feel free to add more sugar/stevia if you wish.
  2. 1/20th of this cake is actually smaller than the pieces pictured, but those are way too huge in real life!
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I hope your weekend is full of cake and all the nice things!

Much love,



  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen March 16, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I’m not from New York so I don’t know if it looks like a NY Crumb Cake or not but it sure does look delicious! The texture looks wonderful and I love that cute little blue plate 🙂

  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks March 16, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Ooohhhh this looks so good, Consuelo! Love the pics, too! 🙂

  • Reply Layla @ Brunch Time Baker March 16, 2014 at 2:42 am

    This is such a great crumbcake, Perfect for brunch!

  • Reply Elizabeth @ March 16, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Giiiiiirl, this sounds incredible! I can’t imagine anyone wanting to punch you in the face over this recipe. 🙂 And I am in love with these photos–I want to jump through the screen (without punching you) and eat them!

  • Reply Kelly March 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Holy smokes, this cake looks incredible Consuelo! I am all about the crumbs in coffee cake and this one has me totally drooling! Love that it’s lightened up too and the pics look gorgeous girl!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen March 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Consuelo – this is over the top! I am loving the look of that cake! And, I think it would look even better on my plate with a cup of coffee on the side! Hahahaha!

  • Reply movita beaucoup March 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Oh. My. Gawd. GORGEOUS cake! I think Big Fluffy Cinnamon Roll Cake should be your backup name. You know, just in case New York calls…

  • Reply Kate@Diethood March 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    New York, San Francisco, Chicago… quite frankly, who cares! This cake is freakin’ gawdgeous!!!

  • Reply Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking March 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Call it what you will, it looks damn delicious all the same!!! I love the dense, moist looking texture! I might call it ” coffee cake” though so that it feel acceptable to eat it at breakfast…is that so wrong?

  • Reply amyalt March 16, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    oohh wow this looks great- particularly loving the look of that crunchy crust on top. That photo from above with the cup of tea looks so cute- love the lighting

  • Reply josefinetm March 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Haha, self developed recipes can be hard to name from time to time 😉
    This cake looks incredibly delicious. Cinnamon is just the best thing ever. Aaand cream cheese 😉 Yummy!

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Girl, your pictures of this cake are so very pretty! They make me feel like I’m at a tea party.. with cake! Looks so darn good.

  • Reply Chocolate Shavings March 17, 2014 at 12:58 am

    This does look like a pretty awesome cake. And I love that blue plate!

  • Reply Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! March 17, 2014 at 4:11 am

    This cake looks amazing and not at all lightened up!! Can’t even tell you how much I’m loving this 🙂

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes March 17, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I love the name…I think it’s perfect!! Great looking crumb cake!

  • Reply Milana - The Jottings March 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Oh wow this looks delicious – so so wish I had a piece right now 😉

  • Reply Joanne March 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

    To be honest, as a NY-er, I don’t really care what you call it – I just want to shove my face in it!

  • Reply Ashley March 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This is seriously amazing looking! I love any type of coffee cake like this – especially with a streusel! And cream cheese icing is definitely never optional!! : )

  • Reply Mary Frances March 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Oh my gosh, my jaw literally dropped when I saw your photos. No words could’ve prepared me for the thick moist amazingness I was staring at. Giiiirl, you know who to bake! Pinned!

  • Reply Carmel Moments March 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Crumb cake is amazing! Not sure how you did such a great job of lightening it up. But it certainly doesn’t look like it lacks flavor! pinning!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou March 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I so want a slice of that cake right now with my coffee!

  • Reply huntfortheverybest March 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    wow this is seriously amazing.

  • Reply Trisha (Stew or a Story) March 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Oh my gosh–this cake and these photos! Stunning. I love the lighting in these and that cute blue plate! I need more cake in my life.

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour March 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I love crumb cake, especially when it is heavy on the crumb! And that cream cheese glaze- yum!

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely March 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    This sounds delicious Consuelo! Good call on the icing on top. Yum!

  • Reply shashi @ March 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Consuelo – this cake has such a wonderful texture – my only complaint is not having a slice of this NOW! 🙂

  • Reply LEFTSIDEOFTHETABLE March 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Consuelo. LOVE this. I give you a ten. I dream of crumb cake and coffee cake. Thanks for making me laugh with your poll whether one should use cream cheese frosting. ALWAYS the right choice. Pinning this one, can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes March 17, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I think the name is just perfect and I love a good crumb cake!!

  • Reply Gintare @Gourmantine March 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I really shouldn’t be looking at this now (it’s almost midnight here and going to sleep hungry ain’t my thing). Fabulous cake Consuelo!

  • Reply anecdotesandapples March 18, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Gosh, this is gorgeous. I want a big dense slice right now! Thank you for sharing it!

  • Reply Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner March 18, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Well, I’m from NY and yes, this is a crumb cake! It looks fantastic and I like the cream cheese frosting!! Cut me a slice!!

  • Reply cheri March 18, 2014 at 6:06 am

    What a beautiful cake, this is one that I will bake myself, beautiful!

  • Reply atasteofmadess March 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Any kind of cake is a-okay with me. Your cake is gorgeous!

  • Reply Allie March 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Ha ha, I know what you mean about being nervous about the name! You never know who you might p*** off! Whatever you call it, it looks phenomenal, and I am especially loving that one pic with the sunshine streaming in… So tempting!

  • Reply Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Cream cheese frosting is definitely never optional. The cake looks sooo good!

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite March 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I really love all your lightened cake recipes. And as a New Yorker, I’m totally okay with you calling this NY Crumb Cake. No plane tickets or brass knuckles required, haha.

  • Reply Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures March 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t know if this is a traditional NY crumb cake, but it looks delicious!

  • Reply erinsilvius March 19, 2014 at 4:13 am

    YUM! Consuelo. This looks absolutely incredible. Pinning and making once I eat gluten again! 🙂 Hope your week is going well, friend! xoxo

    • Reply erinsilvius March 19, 2014 at 4:13 am

      PS. These photos = gaaaaawking. So good.

  • Reply tohercore March 19, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Ooh, yummmm! This looks delicious 🙂 Your photos make it look even more appetizing I think! 🙂

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane March 19, 2014 at 6:46 am

    This looks amazing, Consuelo! The pictures really make it look delicious … and I would definitely be putting that cream cheese icing on the top. I just discovered cream cheese frosting and I don’t know where it’s been all my life 😉

  • Reply Johlene March 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Stunning recipe and amazing photos that´s all I´m going to say……….

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven March 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Cream cheese swirl is NEVER optional…just like chocolate chips! Can we discuss that picture with the light streaming in?? Absolutely gorgeous! As is this entire recipe. Blew me out of the water again with this one!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Everyday Feasts March 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    yum yum yum yum yum yum yum! what else is there to say?

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments March 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    A crumb cake this delicious looking and light? You’re a miracle worker, Consuelo! I’d love a big piece of this right about now. 🙂

  • Reply kayley March 19, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I’m a dense cake kind of girl and this cake looks uh-mazing. Seriously loving that texture.

  • Reply Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking March 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    This crumb cake is calling my name! It looks so pillowy soft and perfect with that gorgeous glaze… I’d love a big slice for breakfast! Great photos, too.

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Oh, my stars! I. DIE. Lightened up means that we get to enjoy two pieces, right? 😉 I’m hungry for crumb cake for dinner right now!

  • Reply blahnikbaker March 21, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Hahhah I am in NY and I do not want to punch you. this cake looks amazing!! The crumb top looks so good.

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner March 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    NY crumb cake is one of my favorite things on earth! I’ve seen light versions of it but I haven’t been able to bring myself to try them, but I would definitely try yours! Looking at it I could not tell it’s a light version. I wish I had a piece right now! Pinned to make. 🙂

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker March 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    This looks amazing Consuelo!! So delicious 🙂

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