{Tips & Tricks} Making a Crumb Topping

Banana Muffins with Crumble Topping

When I think of cafe-style muffins, the first thought that pops into my mind is crumb topping. The muffins that I tend to purchase at a cafe are always warm and soft with a delicious crumb topping that adds the perfect crunch to each and every bite.

For me, whenever I bake muffins that include fruit, I almost always throw on a crumb topping to kick the flavor and texture up a notch. However, crumb topping isn’t just tasty on muffins. It can also be added to pies, tarts and crisps.

All crumb toppings generally use the same ingredients: sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter. Many people prefer to use cold butter when creating a crumb topping. I’m just the opposite. I’ve found that using melted butter is much easier and creates perfect crumbs that look great and taste even better.

Making a Crumb Topping

Ingredients (for 12 muffins):

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. In a small bowl, use a fork and mix together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter until crumbly.
  2. Sprinkle over the muffin batter.
  3. Place muffins in the oven and bake for required time.

This crumb topping tastes great when used to top muffins. However, like I said earlier, it is also delicious when used as a topping on pies, tarts and crisps. The next time you bake either one of these treats, try throwing some crumb topping on top before baking it. The crumb topping will add so much flavor and texture.

If you’re in the mood for some muffins with crumb topping, be sure to stop by Banana Muffins with Crumb Topping and Cafe-style Blueberry Muffins. These are two of my favorite muffins because they are loaded with flavor and topped with this delicious recipe for crumb topping that adds a great crunch.

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  1. Wow! I think this is exactly what my new bananas and cream muffin needs to take it to the next level. I keep a bag of crumb topping in my freezer that I made, with, as you said, cold butter. But melted butter! It's genius! It was great to meet you on Saturday :)

  2. I wish i read this earlier! I just started baking and i made my first apple pie yesterday. I tried four times to make the crust but no luck, so next time i gotta try the crumble

  3. every time I make crumb topping, it just melts into the muffins and I end up having a hole in all of them .. am I doing something wrong? I always follow the recipe exactly

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