Crumb Cake Recipe

This is my Grandma Heisey's easy Old Fashioned Crumb Cake Recipe. She would make several of these cakes at a time for Grandpa. It was one of his favorites, so his tummy would be happy for weeks! He liked coffee with his piece of crumb cake.

Grandma Heisey's Old Fashioned Crumb Cake

2-1/2 cups flour

1-1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 cup buttermilk (or substitute: Add milk to 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar until both ingredients measure 1 cup. Let stand about 5 minutes. Then measure the amount needed for the recipe.)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Crumb flour, sugar, salt, and butter. Take out one cup of crumbs for topping. Add the baking soda to the milk and stir. Add to the remaining crumb mixture.

Pour the mixture into a 10-inch pie plate and sprinkle crumbs on top. (Grandma used a 10-inch pie plate. I don't have one, so I use a 9 x 12 baking dish.)

Bake about 30 minutes in 350 degrees oven.

When I was a kid, my mom sometimes bought buttermilk to be used in another recipe. Then she would bake Grandma's Old Fashioned Crumb Cake recipe to help use up the buttermilk.

Sometimes I wanted to bake this crumb cake, but there would be no buttermilk. So I would go to my mother and ask, "Where's the buttermilk?" And she would patiently answer, "Just add a tablespoon of vinegar to regular milk."

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