Maple Double Crumb Coffee Cake
Maple Double Crumb Coffee Cake

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Maple Double Crumb Coffee Cake
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Growing up, I always loved those coffee cake box mixes with the little packet of crumble to sprinkle over the top. I loved it so much, in fact, that I adapted this recipe from one with DOUBLE crumb! This coffee cake is full of delicious maple flavor and I always top my piece with an extra drizzle of maple syrup.
Serves: 12
For Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Crumbs:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • maple syrup and toasted pecans for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9-inch square baking pan with a foil sling sprayed with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and extracts. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until fully combined. Pour into the prepared baking pan.
  3. To make the crumb topping, whisk together the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Add the chopped pecans, maple extract and melted butter and stir until you have wet clumps. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the cake batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes before lifting it out of its pan, slicing it, and serving it warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.


22 Comments on Maple Double Crumb Coffee Cake (and The Big List of Systemic Racism for White People)

  1. Sarah
    October 4, 2016 at 6:15 am (8 years ago)

    I wish these issues of systemic racism were as obvious to everyone. It’s so difficult to have open and honest conversations with people who can’t see that how different your life can be based on your race or income level. *Sigh* At any rate I love this post and I definitely love that coffee cake!

  2. Heather
    October 4, 2016 at 11:04 am (8 years ago)

    I agree with Sarah, until we are on all on the same page, nothing can be accomplished. as a nation we have come far, but we have SO far to go.

  3. Maria
    October 4, 2016 at 11:21 pm (8 years ago)

    The CRUMB on top of this cake is divine!

  4. Toni
    October 5, 2016 at 3:16 am (8 years ago)

    Love your website, but please stick to your amazing food and photography, and leave politics out of it. I want to enjoy my escape from everyday life in which political garbage is being spewed from every angle.

    • Julie Ruble
      October 5, 2016 at 3:58 am (8 years ago)

      Toni, this is a strange request. You are asking me to abandon a passionate pursuit of human rights on my website because you’d prefer not to think about it. Please try and see that from my perspective or, even more significant, from the perspective of someone affected by the issues discussed above.

      I understand if this is not the blog for you, but I certainly will write my heart and only my heart. Always.

      • Toni
        October 5, 2016 at 1:43 pm (8 years ago)

        I totally respect and promote your right to do whatever you want with your blog. We all these rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.


  5. Heather
    October 5, 2016 at 10:39 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you so much for the recipe and article! Excellent post and I will be sharing! ❤️

  6. Anton
    October 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm (8 years ago)

    Sometime in the last year, I read an article about the perceptions of medical professionals that black people felt less pain, and how they consequently received less pain relief after surgeries and procedures. I wish I had that article to link to, it was one of the most shocking things. (Like really? WHY? You went to med school? Why would you think this?)

    The weather is finally cooling some, it’s time to bake a cake.

  7. Mia
    October 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm (8 years ago)

    Loved reading this. Please continue to share your heart felt thoughts AND love filled recipes!

  8. Youlanda Davidson
    October 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you for speaking up and speaking out! If more people, with eyes open, will speak out, perhaps one day those who walk around with closed eyes and minds will wake up and begin to listen and dare I say “care”. Thank you for not being silent! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  9. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
    October 6, 2016 at 12:12 am (8 years ago)

    Thank you for this post and being so willing to share how you feel without being afraid.
    OMG that crumb topping!! It looks to die for!

  10. Rachel
    October 23, 2016 at 12:29 pm (7 years ago)

    Once again, Julie, thanks for providing the world with a great sounding recipe and more importantly some much needed empathy and understanding. I love your blog and the thoughtful, respectful way you have been discussing race relations. Please keep up the good work.

  11. Caroline
    October 29, 2016 at 4:46 pm (7 years ago)

    love this list – plan to share. Thank you!

    PS recipe looks amazing too.

  12. Krystle
    October 30, 2016 at 3:36 pm (7 years ago)

    Maple is such a neglected Fall flavor. These looks divine!

  13. Gloria Richards
    November 16, 2016 at 1:23 am (7 years ago)

    Personally, I don’t think the races are all that different. I’ll suggest the same thing to you as i have suggested before. This next summer when it comes time for your vacation,, instead of going to that nice spot to rest and relax in, take a trip to the hills of West Virginia , Pennsylvania, Kentucky or Tennessee. You will find that poor is poor, It doesn’t know color, an empty belly doesn’t know color and a crying baby doesn’t know color. The highways and byways are falling apart all of this country. I think it’s about time that we should stop worrying about color and griping and start building our country back up again.
    No matter who we are, dignity is lessened by poverty and poverty is colorblind. 🙁

    • Julie Ruble
      January 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi Gloria,

      You share about poverty. I would urge you to understand that different levels of privilege and pain can exist at the same time. For instance, class struggles and race struggles can exist at the same time — and can overlap such that people who experience both identities (Black AND poor) have compounded struggles. Poverty is certainly not colorblind — “Blacks and Hispanics, for example, have poverty rates that greatly exceed the overall average” and things like housing inequity disproportionately affect Black people.

      This is why I try to be intersectional in my activism: recognizing that the INTERSECTION of different identities matters. Gender, race, ability, country of origin, religion, language, class, sexuality, and which of these things are visible . . . these things all affect how we walk through the world.

  14. Marilyn
    January 13, 2017 at 10:44 am (7 years ago)

    Julie I have loved your site for a very long time & now with the addition of this article I love it even more! My immediate family is racially mixed with several different races & I sincerely thank you for putting this article or list in your site! I will always worry about my children & grandchildren in today’s world but you have given me hope for a better tomorrow! I pray your effort helps change the climate, thank you so much! We white people can use all the help we can get especially where equality & race is concerned! Bless you!

  15. C3
    January 16, 2017 at 11:03 am (7 years ago)

    After reading the above almost in its entirety, you must be thrilled that the president-elect is reaching out and addressing these problems head on. The democrats have done nothing to change these problems, albeit and have held the purse strings, and all agendas in these forgotten areas (and issues). It’s truly sad that our first black president did nothing to address or change the problem, and was the most racially divisive president in our history.
    You must also be heartened that this issue will be in the very capable hands of Ben Carson, who lived and knows better than anyone about all the problems and issues therein. It will be wonderful to see someone finally turn around this failing blemish on our country. Americans can all agree we want this change and help for everyone, afterall, we are the most charitable and color-blind country in the world:)
    But, ultimately, I agree with Toni.

    • Julie Ruble
      January 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm (7 years ago)

      Hi there. Can you explain in what way you see the President-Elect addressing these issues?

      Regarding colorblindness, I can see that you are falsely conflating “ignoring race” with being somehow more evolved. This is a common mistake white people make, which can be very offensive to Black people for reasons you will find obvious if you read this article.

  16. C3
    January 16, 2017 at 10:21 pm (7 years ago)

    The problems that exist in poor, black communities has not been caused by racism..or what you say is white privilege. These days a young person is better off if they are a minority for all the affirmative action that exists. The problems you are citing are caused by liberalism, and liberalism only.

    The accusation of racism has been an effective technique used by liberals and Democrats to frame their argument because it puts the accused on the defensive and changes the nature of the discussion– a very Alinsky-endorsed method. Rather than have a substantive fact-based debate on the issues, on in which SJW’s would not fare well, they simply levy the charge of racism and the conversation morphs into a pointless defense that is very difficult to win.

    Actually it is Liberals / Democrats who are racists because they see everyone through the prism of race. That is a legitimate definition of racism. They are intolerant and put everyone into groups, and politicize everything. We have a problem in inner cities, all right, but democrats, who have held uninterrupted power for decades in those areas, own those problems, and have done nothing to resolve them. This is by design.

    But constantly levying the accusation of racism, changing the nature of the argument, distorting the facts, they have been very effective in keeping large numbers of minorities convinced that Republicans / conservatives are evil and cold-hearted racists. By keeping blacks (and now hispanics) as a permanently dependent underclass, they have managed to monopolize the voting booth and keep themselves in power.
    The so-called War on Poverty has contributed to a situation in inner-cities where there are more unwed mothers, families w/out fathers…and ever increased numbers of families in poverty. By keeping the drumbeat of calling Republicans racists constantly sounding, some generationally have a very difficult time even considering a vote for a non-Democrat.

    As long as they keep blacks convinced that they are victims and on various forms of assistance they hold onto that power. If their policies actually worked, some areas which have been under Democratic control for as long as fifty years would have rebounded. Trump has plans to change the schools and rebuild in these areas, convincing businesses to invest and create jobs in those areas, and Ben Carson, as the head of HUD, is one of the people who will help.

    By the way, you’re making an assumption I am white. Universities have done a very good job indoctrinating / brainwashing our young generations into this mind-numbing liberal group think, not teaching critical thinking, and individual thought. Stop grouping everyone according to race, sex, economics , etc., and try seeing people as people, individuals.

    Again, ultimately I agree with Toni…and had no intention of going here, but stop calling America racists. We elected a black president twice…what did he do to help the problems in those inner cities? Nothing. Not one thing. The majority of people across America, who just spoke out in this last election, are good, nice, hard-working people …who were very well behaved the last 8 years, while they did not agree with the ideation being forced down their throats. Look how badly the other side behaves when it doesn’t go in their direction. People, all people, regardless of their color, need to learn how to behave and have respect for others.

    • Casey
      February 24, 2017 at 1:06 am (7 years ago)

      You are so misinformed. Either that, or just willfully ignorant. Not sure which is worse. Keep turning a blind eye to the very real and proven racial disparities that exist in this country, all so you can remain comfortable in your little bubble. The current president you just spoke so highly of? Elected an AG who is on record being incredibly racist and bigoted. Wake up.


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