Crumb Cake Recipe with Apricot Filling and Chocolate Drizzle

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I do love a good crumb cake. I’ve been experimenting and I combined two recipes to come up with a cake that I truly think is the best coffee cake I’ve had. But then I decided to amp it up even more! I added a layer of apricot jam and what do you know – it’s even better crumb cake recipe than before!

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Crumb Cake Recipe with Apricot Jam and Chocolate Drizzle

Serves 9

For the crumb topping:

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
two large dashes cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and warm
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
large pinch salt

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For the cake:

3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup apricot fruit spread or jam

For the drizzle:
2 TBS chocolate chips
2 tsp unsalted butter

2 TBS powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°
Grease an 8? x 8? square baking dish.

Make the crumb topping:

  • Melt the butter over medium high heat on the stove and set aside.
  • Mix the topping ingredients together in a bowl and combine well. Add the warm butter and stir. Set aside until needed.

Make the Cake

  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside,
  • Place the sugar and oil in a stand mixer with the paddle attached. Beat on medium speed until well mixed.

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  • Add the eggs and beat until lemon colored and well aerated.
  • Add the flour and milk into the egg/sugar mixture and mix until it just comes together.

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  • This is a very thick batter. Add it to the prepared pan and spread it evenly.

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  • Top with the apricot jam/spread.

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  • Take handfuls of the crumb topping mixture and break it into rather large pieces and cover the apricot jam/fruit spread.
  • Bake for about 30 – 40 minutes or until the top is nicely browned and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool a bit and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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  • Melt the ingredients for the chocolate drizzle over medium low heat until well combined.
  • Drizzle over the cake with a fork.

How Was the Crumb Cake Recipe?

As I noted above I’ve been playing with this crumb cake recipe for a bit and I think I’ve hit the perfect place with it now. The simple, yet moist base cake, the sweet/tart apricot spread/jam, the rich, buttery crumbs and then that chocolate drizzle. It’s nirvana if you ask me.

I also made a chocolate strawberry crumb cake that was very tasty. And my experiments in crumb cake recipes didn’t stop with jam fillings! I also made a pumpkin crumb cake that was out of this world – you don’t have to wait for fall to try it either! When I found a can of pumpkin in the pantry the recipe was born.

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