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Baking Advice Needed: Can I rescue the crumb topping of my coffee cake?

MrsPatmore | Mar 16, 201403:38 PM

I made this recipe for "Sally's Super Crumb Coffee Cake" and doubled the recipe: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013...

The cake part seems okay but the crumb topping never turned into crumbs. It's more like cinnamon-flavored sand sitting on top of the cake. I pressed it down really well into the batter before baking, but the crumb layer seems completely detached. I'm serving this to a group tomorrow morning. (At least I'm supposed to serve it to a group, if I can figure out how to salvage it).

Is there something I can do to the crumb topping now to save it (like pour melted butter or a light caramel sauce over it) or should I scrape it off and drizzle the cake with a glaze? My other thought was to make a simple syrup and pour that over top of the whole thing and refrigerate overnight, hoping that the moisture of the syrup would bind the crumbs to the cake. BTW, it's not an overly sweet cake or topping, so I'm not concerned about adding more sugar to it somehow, if that's what I need to do.

I'd be very glad to receive suggestions or advice! Thanks in advance.

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