Cardamom-Spiced Crumb Cake Recipe

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Gertrude Rivera Modified: March 25, 2022
Cardamom-Spiced Crumb Cake Recipe

How To Make Cardamom-Spiced Crumb Cake

This crumb cake is moist and flavorful, especially with the infused flavor of cardamom in the mix and a topping of caramel and pecan.

Preparation: 17 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 3 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes



For Crumb Topping:

  • 2cupspecans
  • 2stickunsalted butter
  • ¾cuplight brown sugar
  • ½cupgranulated sugar
  • ½tspground cardamom
  • ½tspsalt
  • 2cupsall purpose flour

For Cake:

  • 3cupsall purpose flour
  • cupssugar
  • tspbaking powder
  • 1tspsalt
  • 2large eggs
  • 1cupwhole milk
  • stickunsalted butter,melted
  • 2tsppure vanilla extract

For Glaze:

  • ½cupconfectioners’ sugar
  • 2tbspunsalted butter,melted
  • 2tspwhole milk
  • ½tsppure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Position a rack in the center of the oven. Butter a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan.

Crumb Topping:

  1. Spread the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes, until browned. Let cool, then coarsely chop the nuts.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir the melted butter with both sugars, the cardamom and salt. Add the flour and stir until clumpy. Stir in the chopped nuts.


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk, melted butter, and vanilla.

  2. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan, smoothing the surface. Scatter the crumbs in large clumps over the cake; the crumb layer will be quite deep.

  3. Bake for about 55 minutes, until the crumbs are golden and firm and a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. If the crumbs brown before the cake is done, cover the cake loosely with foil. Transfer to a rack to cool.


  1. In a bowl, whisk the confectioners’ sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla extract together.

  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cake; let cool slightly.

  3. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Calories: 601.24kcal
  • Fat: 34.02g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.92g
  • Trans Fat: 0.93g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.74g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.05g
  • Carbohydrates: 69.18g
  • Fiber: 2.41g
  • Sugar: 35.86g
  • Protein: 7.14g
  • Cholesterol: 87.25mg
  • Sodium: 291.97mg
  • Calcium: 85.79mg
  • Potassium: 149.09mg
  • Iron: 2.52mg
  • Vitamin A: 212.16µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.16mg
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