New York Crumb Cake Bars

New York Crumb Cake Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 9x12-inch pan

New York Crumb cake has a soft layer of cake for the crumbs to rest on. The addition of cinnamon sugar amps up the already present cinnamon flavour.


  • 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil, plus more for pan
  • 4 cups plain (all-purpose) flour, plus more for pan
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • icing (confectioners’) sugar or cinnamon sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Grease and flour a 9x12-inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together 1½ cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a second bowl, whisk together egg, milk, canola oil, and vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture.
  3. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine remaining 2½ cups flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over flour mixture, and toss with a rubber spatula until large crumbs form. Sprinkle crumbs over batter.
  4. Bake in the centre of the oven, rotating pan after 10 minutes. Continue baking until a cake tester comes out clean, about 10 minutes more.
  5. Transfer baking pan to a wire rack to cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon sugar or vanilla sugar. Using a serrated knife or bench scraper, cut into 3-inch bars.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.