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The Walls Come Crumbling Down: Crumb Cake by Hahn's

Something interesting happened the other day while we (Mr. and Mrs. Cakespy) were attending a birthday brunch: we found ourselves standing next to a group of former East-Coasters. Since Head Spy Jessie is originally a Jersey girl herself, it was inevitable that the conversation would turn to that age-old question of the relocated: "What do you miss most about the East Coast?". Just as inevitably, many of the things that former East Coasters will miss are food related: Dunkin' Donuts, black and white cookies, decent pizza...and crumb cake.

Really, it surprises us that crumb cake isn't the same phenomenon in the west that it is in the Mid-Atlantic region. While yes, it does exist in Seattle and on the West Coast, rarely is it quite the same as those huge, deli-style hunks, individually wrapped in plastic, that we recall so fondly from the other coast. Moreover, the west coast crumb cake seems to be more like a pound cake with a light layer of brown sugar topping; none of those knobby, walnut-sized, buttery crumbs that we so love.

Happily, a heavenly voice recently called to us (OK, the NPR announcer) with a solution for this heartache: Hahn's Old-Fashioned Cake Company, a Long Island-based company that ships their authentic crumb cakes nationwide. The cake, which starts with a pleasingly yellow butter cake base, bears a sweet burden indeed: a mountaintop of perfect, extra-large brown sugar crumbs, all dusted with sweet powdered sugar. The ratio of cake to crumb is perfect; the taste is even more so. Buttery, dense and with just the right touch of saltiness, these cakes are like a taste of the East Coast, even so far out west.

It's enough to bring a tear to the eye.

Available online at crumbcake.net. One classic crumb cake is $22.50, and shipping is $17 to the West Coast. Not cheap, but can you really put a price on happiness?

Reader Comments (11)

the cake, the picture, it's enough to bring a tear to my eye too! wonderfulness. :)

December 12 | Unregistered CommenterCeline

that looks absolutely amazing! i bet crumb cake cupcakes would be good...? :)

December 12 | Unregistered CommenterTattooed Mama

i wanna be trapped into this crumbling cake of yours....yummy

me too i miss dunkin donut so badly..there isnt any in france

by the way, i love the new designs you've made here..you are really talented!!

December 12 | Unregistered CommenterDhanggit

Lord have mercy.


December 12 | Unregistered CommenterSurcie

Ohh I've never had crumb cake with such giant crumbs. That looks amazing though. I'm going to have to try making one like that!

December 12 | Unregistered Commentereatme_delicious

Both parents raised in NYC...crumb cake is in my blood and in my belly. I love it! We gave up and make it homemade now. It's easy and fabulous!

December 12 | Unregistered CommenterGeggie

Oh merciful heaven I'm drooling!

December 12 | Unregistered CommenterEllo

Mmm- It's true. I'm a Jersey girl, and crumb cake is one of my favorites...B&W bakery in Hackensack, NJ has German crumb cake with BIG crumbs and moist cake.

December 12 | Unregistered CommenterThe Painted Cake

Just the topping alone had me. That looks amazing! Worth moving back for :)

December 12 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Celine: Yes! Now if I could only come up with a vegan crumb cake for you. I wonder though...it might not be too hard!

Tattooed Mama: Don't even tempt me. That would be amazing. Maybe with a little layer of frosting to adhere the crumbs. Mmmm.

Dhanggit: I know! Dunkin Donuts and crumb cake should be international delights! Do you have any US visits coming up? I remember that after I went to France once the FIRST THING I did when the plane landed was go to Dunkin Donuts!

Surcie: You said it!

Eatmedelicious: Let us know if you find or come up with a recipe. We'd love it!

Geggie: Can you get the crumbs just-so? What is the secret??

Ello: Us too. Us too. *drool*

Painted Cake: Looks like a Hackensack road trip is needed the next time Mr. Cakespy and I are in NJ!

Kristen: Trust me, I am working on Mr. Cakespy.

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