Martha loves this recipe from her friend Sara Foster of Foster's Markets in North Carolina.



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  • Place rack in center of oven, and heat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly brush a rimmed quarter sheet pan or a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with canola oil and line with parchment paper. Secure parchment to pan with binder clips. Brush parchment with oil and dust with flour, tapping to remove excess. Set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a second bowl, whisk together egg, milk, canola oil, and vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture.

  • Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine remaining 2 1/2 cups flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over flour mixture, and toss with a rubber spatula until large crumbs form. Sprinkle crumbs over batter.

  • Transfer pan to oven, and bake, rotating pan after 10 minutes. Continue baking until a cake tester comes out clean, about 10 minutes more.

  • Transfer baking pan to a wire rack to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Using a serrated knife or bench scraper, cut into 3-inch squares. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Reviews (3)

14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
This cake had a great texture. I don't like things that are especially sweet and to me it was perfect- a nicely understated sweetness and flavor. I might experiment with adding thinly slices apples under the crumb top.
Rating: 2 stars
The texture was wonderfully spot-on, but the flavor was...lackluster. I would make this again, but would add more cinnamon to the crumbs (and possibly more brown sugar in place of some of the flour). I would also reduce the vanilla by 1/2 tsp. and replace it with 1/2 tsp. of pure almond extract.
Rating: 3 stars
It was okay... I think it could definitely be sweeter (the cake & the crumbs). The crumbs tasted mostly of flour. Barely a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon, and I used all premium/high end ingredients. I may try it again adding more cinnamon, brown sugar and butter to crumbs (hopefully it won't screw it up).