Spiced Pumpkin Crumb Cake — A FAST and EASY no-mixer pumpkin crumb cake with rich pumpkin flavor!! Super soft, tender, and topped with the BEST crumble topping that you’ll fall in love with! Great for brunches and holiday entertaining!!
Best Pumpkin Spice Crumb Cake Recipe
This pumpkin crumb cake makes me want to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee, a blanket, a big ol’ piece of cake, and savor every cozy moment.
This is such a fast and easy recipe, and you don’t even have to use a mixer. I used oil rather than butter so there’s nothing to cream, which I love. If you’re in need of a quick and easy recipe that tastes like a million bucks, save this one.
The pumpkin cake itself is incredibly soft, tender, and moist, while the crumb topping adds the perfect amount of delicate crunchy texture. Those big buttery crumbles are the best.
The cake and the crumb topping are the perfect contrast and since I have a thing for crumble topping period, this cake was right up my alley. It was still warm when I dug into my first piece on a Saturday morning. Just perfect.
Oil keeps the cake moister, softer, and springier than butter does and since pumpkin puree naturally keeps everything moist, there’s no chance of a dry cake here.
The cake isn’t overly sweet, making it a perfect for mornings with a cup of coffee or tea, for a brunch you’re hosting, as a little afternoon snack, or after a holiday entertaining dinner when you want a little something sweet but don’t want to go overboard.
What I also love about this pumpkin spice crumb cake is that even 5 days later I had extra pieces wrapped in plastic wrap, which normally makes crumb topping very soggy and soft, but not here. Crumbly perfection even days later.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Crumb Cake
To make this pumpkin cake with crumb topping, you’ll need:
- Granulated sugar
- Pumpkin puree
- Canola oil
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder and baking soda
- Light brown sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Fisher chopped pecans
I used Fisher Chopped Pecans to make the crumb topping. As the nuts bake, they perfume the cake with a rich, toasted nuttiness that adds such a great flavor dimension.
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How to Make Pumpkin Crumb Cake
This recipe for pumpkin crumb cake is truly so easy to make! I’ve given detailed instructions in the recipe card below, but here’s an overview of how the cake comes together:
- Make the cake: Whisk together the wet ingredients and sugar, then stir in the dry ingredients.
- Turn the batter into a greased 8×8-inch baking pan and smooth out the top.
- Make the crumb topping: Mix together the crumb topping ingredients with a fork until small pebbles form.
- Stir in the pecans, then sprinkle the topping evenly over the cake batter.
- Bake pumpkin crumb cake: Bake until the center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
Can I Double This Recipe?
Yes, you should be fine to double this recipe for pumpkin cake with crumb topping. You’d need to bake the cake in a 9×13-inch baking dish, and you shouldn’t have to alter the bake time too much.
Note that I’ve only ever made this recipe as written, so this is just my best guess!
Can I Add Mix-Ins to the Cake Batter?
You probably can, yes. Mini chocolate chips or additional chopped nuts would taste delicious in this pumpkin crumb cake.
You might want to toss the mix-ins with a tablespoon of flour before folding them into the cake batter to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the cake.
Tips for the Best Pumpkin Crumb Cake
Pumpkin puree: First and foremost, it’s so important that you use pure pumpkin puree in this pumpkin spice crumb cake and NOT pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling is sweetened and spiced and will result in an overly sweet cake.
Pumpkin pie spice: Also, feel free to add more pumpkin pie spice to the pumpkin crumb cake, if desired. I wouldn’t add more than 3 teaspoons total, but use your best judgement.
Cooling time: Lastly, you need to let this cake cool before serving it. The crumble topping crisps up as it cools, so I highly recommend waiting to enjoy this. The crumble topping is the best part, after all!
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- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (use the remainder in these recipes)
- 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2 to 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup Fisher Chopped Pecans
Make the Cake Batter
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- To a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, oil, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
- Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula; set aside.
Make Crumb Topping
- To a medium bowl, add the flour, sugars, salt, and stir with fork to combine.
- Drizzle in the melted butter and mix and fluff with a fork to combine until small pebbles form.
- Add the pecans and mix with the fork to combine.
- Evenly sprinkle the crumb topping over the cake and bake for about 46 to 51 minutes (I baked 49 minutes) or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
- Set cake aside on a cooling rack to cool before serving. Cake will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days.
Recipe adapted from my Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 461Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 5g
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