I have always loved crumb cakes and decided I wanted to incorporate pumpkin into them for the holiday. I looked through some traditional crumb cake recipes and did a bit of testing to incorporate the perfect pumpkin flavor into this treat. I made individual crumb cakes by using a muffin/ cupcake pan. If you prefer to make one large Pumpkin Crumb Cake, grease a 13 x 9 inch pan with butter or cooking spray and bake for 35-45 minutes. You will want your toothpick to come out clean.
I think this would be the perfect breakfast treat for the family on Thanksgiving day. The texture of the cake is light and fluffy and perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. I dust my crumb cakes with powdered sugar but I will warn you, this could get a bit messy while eating it. After all, it is a crumb cake. 🙂
Ingredients: (makes about 18 mini crumb cakes or one 13 x 9 inch pan)
1/2 Cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 Cup sugar
1 1/4 Cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray muffin/ cupcake pans with cooking spray.
Using your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated.
Add pumpkin and vanilla and blend together. Mixture will look clumpy.
Sift together all dry ingredients and slowly add them to wet ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Scoop about 2 cookie size scoops (about 2 Tablespoons) into each muffin mold.
Top generously with streusel topping (recipe follows). To keep the topping from falling off after baking, use a spoon and gently push crumbles into batter. Be careful not to flatten batter.
Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then dust generously with powdered sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Walnut Streusel Topping
2/3 Cup light brown sugar, not packed
2/3 Cup all-purpose flour
1 Cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Combine all dry ingredients. Add melted butter and form crumbly mixture with fingers.