Everyone in New York loves crumb cake. When I came to Atlanta in 1986, I was shocked to find out that the rest of the country was not craving crumb cake like I was. In fact, my friends from the West coast, had no idea what a crumb cake was! I told them it was like a Drake's Mini Coffee Cake, and I was met with blank stares. I had many culture shocks when I moved to Atlanta, from New York, but this one through me for a loop. Unless they were from New York, or New Jersey, my new friends in Atlanta had no idea what they were missing! A moist, light cake with heaps and heaps of crunchy, brown sugar topping. I would even venture to say that when you cut your crumb cake, there should be equal amounts of crumb and cake!
This is a version of Martha Stewart's Crumb Cake recipe. It has been changed a bit as it has been passed around, but I think the cake is as authentic as it gets. Any Brooklyn bakery would be proud to have this cake in their display case. Serve it for breakfast, snack or dessert.....if you have never had New York style Crumb Cake before, you will definitely fall in love.