Cream Cheese Crumble Cake

Cream Cheese Crumble Cake

Cake, Crumble and Cream Cheese rank among my favourite things to eat so when I came across a recipe that combined them I just had to make a few tweaks to turn it into the perfect Cream Cheese Crumble Cake! I did think that the recipe needed a couple of further tweaks to make it a little lighter but the ladies of my Quilting Group assured me it was perfect as is. Given that they are fairly expert in both baking and tasting cake who am I to argue so no further changes were made!

This traybake is a little fiddly to make as you need to gather your ingredients and prepare them in groups before combining them but it is well worth it. The finished cake is moist and creamy with the topping having a hint of caramel in taste. When I took it for tasting I challenged the group to identify the mystery ingredient, all sorts of things were suggested but no one identified Cream Cheese as a major ingredient. It gives a richness to the cake without it being cloying or sickly.

Don’t forget to make the Crumble topping first so you have it ready to spoon onto the batter. Try and sprinkle it as evenly as possible so that the cake can rise evenly. If you have a really sweet tooth you can dust the top of the cake with a little Caster Sugar when it comes out of the oven but I would try it first as too much sugar would detract from the flavour in my view – and that comes from someone with a really sweet tooth!

Lovely on it’s own with a cup of Tea, it is also very good warm with a spoonful of cream either on its own or with some stewed fruit as a really comforting winter dessert.


  • Crumble Topping:-
  • 60 gms / 2 ozs Caster Sugar
  • 80 gms / 3 oz Plain Flour
  • 60 gms / 2ozs softened Butter
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • Cake:-
  • 120 gms / 5 ozs Butter
  • 200 gms / 8 ozs Cream Cheese - softened
  • 250 gms / 10 ozs Caster Sugar
  • 120 mls / 5 fl ozs Milk
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Paste
  • 250 gms / 10 ozs Plain Flour
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • ½ Tsp Salt


Step 1

Preheat the Oven to 180C / Gas 4

Step 2

Grease and line a 23 x 30 cms / 9 x 13 inch Tray Bake tin with Baking parchment

Step 3

Mix the Dry Crumble Ingredients (Flour, Butter, Sugar, Cinnamon) together

Step 4

Rub in the Butter until the mixture resembles fine Breadcrumbs and set aside

Step 5

Beat the Cream Cheese and Butter together in a large bowl until they are smooth and well mixed

Step 6

In a separate bowl mix together the Eggs, milk and vanilla

Step 7

Add the Egg and Milk Mixture to the Cheese and Butter Mix and beat until well combined

Step 8

Add the Baking Powder, Bicarbonate of Soda and Salt and mix well

Step 9

Add the sugar and flour and beat until you have a smooth thick batter

Step 10

Pour the mixture into the Cake tin and sprinkle the Crumble mix evenly over the top

Step 11

Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until done

Step 12

Do not be tempted to open the oven door too soon or the cake will collapse

Step 13

Using the lining paper carefully lift out the cake onto a cooling rack so that you do not spill the topping

Step 14

Sprinkle on a little caster Sugar if desired

Step 15

Allow to cool

Step 16


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