Monday, March 02, 2009

Jam Crumb Cake

Today has been one of those days. You know the ones, where nothing goes right, and you just feel out of it? I don’t like these days at all. I figured baking something might cheer me up a bit. But, everything kept going awry in the process.

First, I spilled sugar all over the counter.


Then my measuring cup broke.


And none of my pictures were coming out right, as evidenced by this post.



But, when this cake came out of the oven, it was perfect. It was beautiful, and tasted amazing.


And for a minute, everything was okay.


Jam Crumb Cake from Epicurious

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
Active Time: 15 min
Total Time: 50 min
For cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg
1/2 cup raspberry jam or preserves

For crumb topping
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Make cake:

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Generously butter a 9-inch square or round cake pan.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Whisk together butter, milk, and egg in a large bowl, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined. Pour batter into cake pan. Dollop jam all over surface, then swirl into batter with spoon.

Make crumb topping:
Whisk together butter, sugars, cinnamon, and salt until smooth. Stir in flour, then blend with your fingertips until incorporated. Sprinkle crumbs in large clumps over top of cake.

Bake cake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and sides begin to pull away from pan, about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes.

Some notes: I used a spring form pan instead of a normal cake pan because flipping this out would be impossible. Mine cooked in exactly 25 minutes, perfectly. And I would suggest swirling the jam in a little better than I did, mine was a little too globby.


  1. I'm a faithful reader of your blog. I always love looking at what you cook, even though I don't always comment.

    But that looked SO delicious that I just HAD to comment to let you know how hungry looking at that made me :)

  2. the batter looks really yummy :)

  3. Mmmm sorry about all the mishaps, but it sure looks yummy!

  4. Hello Hannah

    Your Jam Crumb Cake looks fantastic and so yummy.

    Just thought I'd let you know that I have just made your Banana Bread and it's AWESOME!!!! could be due to the fact that I added about 200gms choc chips into the batter. I don't usually make anything with banana because my 2 girls, K18 and B15 don't like them. Anyhoo, I decided to try it because I had 4 small mouldering bananas and thought they looked like they were ripe for a cake.

    Absolutely magnificent recipe!

    Love your blog and will keep visiting for new recipes and meal ideas.

    Cheers - Joolz - Australia

  5. Don't you just hate when you spill sugar everywhere?! It's so annoying. And you know that in a few weeks, you will see a trail of ants swarming the area...

  6. Joolz: I'm so glad you liked it! It's a staple in my house. Chocolate chips sound so good!

    Amanda: Yes! We already have ants from the few warm days we've had. Arg!

    Everyone else: Thanks! It was delicious

  7. I started laughing at the sugar spill! (Darn, I hate it when that happens.)

    Sometimes baking can be quite the circus event. But the cake sure looked good...

  8. I am making this cake soon. This is my kind of cake!!

  9. I love your blog and reading your recipes. It doesn't say in the recipe, but is it safe to assume that you sprinkle the crumb topping on before baking? I'm going to be baking it today and I figured that to be the next step. Thanks for the great recipe!

  10. Chris, I'm so sorry, I forgot to put up the last part of the recipe somehow, it's up now!

  11. aw :( this was a fun post. so sorry to see the mishaps. But i loved that you blogged about them!!

  12. I just wanted to drop by, Hannah, and let you know that I'm on the way to the kitchen to give this cake a try! We Catholic people are in the midst of Lent, and we have a few boys who gave up all manner of sweets and cakes and whatnots, but now that Sunday is upon us, with, for once, lots of free time, we can celebrate our little mini-Easter. Finally! I've been dreaming about this cake for nights. :D

  13. came out wonderfully. such a beautiful cake. and so versatile, too. thank you very much!


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