Double Crumb Cake

Double Crumb Cake is double delicious because it’s simple and easy. Boxed cake mix is combined with a simple, homemade crumb topping to create a cake that is moist and tender with a crisp, sweet topping.

slice of double crumb cake on a white plate

The only thing better than delicious cake is delicious cake that’s easy, and that’s what you get with this one! And if you love cake but you’re not a fan of frosting, then you’re in for a treat because this cake makes its crumble layer the star of the show.

two slices of double crumb cake staked on top of each other on a white plate

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a few simple ingredients.
  • It’s ridiculously easy to make.
  • It’s absolutely delicious, and everyone always loves it.


butter, vanilla, oil, cinnamon, eggs, flour, and sugar on a white marble background

You’ll only need a handful of simple ingredients to make this recipe, and you probably have them all in your kitchen right now! The major ingredients are listed here, but be sure to check the recipe card at the end of the post for the full list and exact amounts.

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salted butter, softened
  • Cinnamon

🔪 How to Make Double Crumb Cake

Making this recipe is as easy as raiding your pantry. It takes around an hour to make, but 40 minutes of that is just baking!

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Then, line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and spray it lightly with nonstick spray.

cake bater in a rectangle cake pan

Step 2: Bake the Cake

Prepare the cake according to the box directions, adding vanilla. Then, pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.

crumb topping being mixed in a stainless steel mixing bowl

Step 3: Make the Crumb Topping

While the cake is baking, combine the softened butter, flour, sugar, and cinnamon until combined.

Step 4: Bake Again

After 20 minutes, remove the cake from the oven and layer the crumb topping evenly over it. Then, continue baking for another 20 minutes.

powdered sugar being sprinkled on top of a baked cake in the pan

Step 5: Cool

Place the cake on a wire rack and let it cool completely. Then, dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Yellow Cake – You can use your favorite cake mix for this recipe. They all work!
  • Nuts – Try adding chopped walnuts or pecans to your crumb mixture.
  • Maple – Add a little maple extract to the cake for an extra layer of flavor.

If you like this cake, then check out our apple streusel coffee cake. It’s dee-lish.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • 9×13 pan
  • Parchment paper
slice of double crumb cake on a white plate with a fork

🥫 Storage

Store this cake for up to 3 days in an air-tight container at room temperature. You can refrigerate it for up to a week in an air-tight container. For longer storage, freeze it for up to a month in an air-tight, freezer-safe container.

💭 Tips

  • Your butter should be fully softened but not melted.
  • Bake your cake for 20 minutes before adding the topping so that the center of the cake doesn’t collapse.
  • Baking times vary by pan size and whether they’re glass or metal. Be sure to consult the cake box for the correct baking time and temperature.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What is crumb topping?

It’s a sweet, crumbly topping made with flour, sugar, and butter.

What’s the difference between streusel and crumb topping?

Both crumble and streusel toppings have the same base of flour, sugar, and butter. However, streusel topping also has oats, and often, nuts.

Why is my cake dry?

A dry cake, especially one made from box mix, is usually the result of incorrect measuring resulting in too little liquid added to the mixture. When measuring your liquid ingredients, be sure to hold the cup at eye level so you get an accurate measurement.

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Double Crumb Cake

This double crumb cake is a semi-homemade beauty that combines yellow cake with a delicious, thick crumb topping.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 688kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • 9×13 pan
  • parchment paper


  • 15.25 ounces yellow cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound salted butter softened
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 325 F and line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the cake mix per box instructions and add vanilla extract. Then add to parchment paper lined pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  • As it bakes, prepare the crumb topping. Use a standing or handheld mixer to combine the softened butter, all purpose flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Butter should be softened but not melted.
  • Layer the topping evenly over the cake, breaking apart any overly large chunks with your hands. Bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Once finished, let cool completely on a rack before cutting.
  • When ready to serve, dust with powdered sugar and serve with milk or coffee. Enjoy!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 688kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 949IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg

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