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Crumbs and chocolate come together in this delicious cake

the chocolate crumb cake I baked
the chocolate crumb cake I baked
photo by Ariella Brown

As the old ads for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups demonstrated, some things improve in combination. Peanut butter flavor is not the only thing that can rise to new heights with the addition of chocolate; crumb cake can, as well.

This past week, I looked for a new recipe to try out that didn't require too many complicated steps or ingredients I didn't already have on hand. I found a very tempting looking picture for the chocolate crumb cake at Tina's Corner. When I made it, I adapted the recipe to keep it parve and free of saturated fat. I also doubled it to make 9 x13" size cake rather than 9" one. I had to then do the initial baking for a bit longer. So do bear that in mind if you decide to double the recipe. Here, I 'll share my adapted recipe for a 9" cake.

Do remember: you have to bake the batter part of the cake for 20 minutes before adding the crumbs and baking again. If you skip that step, the crumbs will sink into the batter.

For the cake:

1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 extra large egg
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9 inch round pan and set it aside.
In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add in the egg, water, oil and vanilla extract, and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed. Then add the boiling water.
Pour the batter into the greased pan. (It should be on the thin side)
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

While it bakes, you can prepare the crumbs.

For Crumb Topping:

1/3 cup white sugar

1 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

8 tablespoons of oil

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients together to form crumbs. If they stick together, you can always crumble them up with your fingers.

After the cake has baked for 20 minutes, sprinkle the crumbs evenly on top. Bake for an additional 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Optional: miniature chocolate chips sprinkled on top after the cake has baked.

While some claimed the chocolate cake was the best part and others claimed crumbs were the best part, the cake that offered both was a bit hit all around.

Related: http://www.examiner.com/article/crumb-cake

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-couple-of-easy-and-delicious-cakes-for-an-at-home-celebration

http://www.examiner.com/article/easy-and-delicious-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-bars