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How to Make Streusel Topping

How to Make Scrumptious Streusel Toppings That Everyone Will Love

If you want to give your cakes and muffins that extra bit of crumble and flavor, learn to make streusel topping from the easy recipes mentioned in this article.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Mar 6, 2018
There's something about streusel toppings that makes you go all 'ummmm'.....' when you bite into that succulent, moist muffin or cake. The deliciously soft cake and the crumbly goodness of the streusel topping is one of the most adored flavors all around the world. Unfortunately, there are only a lucky few who can get the hang of whipping up the perfect streusel topping for muffins or cakes or even flavored breads. And, if you don't know how to make streusel topping, this Tastessence article has a recipe that you can use to try to make a streusel topping that no one will ever forget. Dig in!

Streusel Topping Recipe

Well now that we've got you all curious, we might as well tell you that you'll be receiving two recipes of streusel toppings that you can use to sprinkle on your cakes, pastries, doughnuts, etc. Let's see the first one then, shall we?

Traditional Streusel Recipe
For making a traditional streusel topping, you'll require all the ingredients that you use to make a cake/muffin/pastry and the following ones. For the purpose of this article, we're assuming that you're well aware of the ingredients that you need for a cake, so we're diving straight to the recipe.

You Will Need
  • Baking Powder ~ ¼ tsp
  • Butter ~ cooled, melted ~ 8 tbsp
  • Brown Sugar ~ 4 tbsp
  • Cinnamon ~ 2 tbsp
  • Flour ~ ½ cup
  • Salt ~ ¼ tsp
How You Make It
  • Begin putting together your cake batter with all the necessary ingredients.
  • Now, when the batter is completely ready, what you need to do is, take all the ingredients that have been mentioned above in a mixing bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  • You may also consider mixing them in a food processor if you have one.
  • Once the mixture has reached the desired consistency (read crumbly), you have to keep it aside while you spread your cake batter into the pan/tray that you use for baking.
  • When you're done spreading the batter, take the bowl with the streusel and sprinkle generous amounts onto the batter.
  • Ensure that it is evenly sprinkled. Else some parts will have excess streusel and the others won't have any!
  • Now, place the tray in the preheated oven (according to what kind of cake you will be baking) and let it bake for the required amount of time.
  • To check if the cake is ready or not, poke it with a toothpick and if it comes out clean, the cake is ready to be removed, cooled a bit and eaten!
  • Your delicious cake with its even more delicious streusel topping is ready to be devoured by hungry mouths!
Streusel Recipe with a Twist
Well, now that you know how a streusel topping is traditionally made, how about modifying it a bit with some unusual ingredients. Don't worry, they're all edible, and quite tasty too! Even the method to make it and use it remains the same, except for some additions and subtractions here and there. Let's see what they are!

You Will Need
  • Brown Sugar ~ ¼ cup
  • Butter ~ melted
  • Cinnamon ~ ground ~ 1 tsp
  • Sugar ~ ¾ cup
  • Salt ~ ¼ tsp
  • Nutmeg (½ tsp) or Pecans ~ chopped (1 cup) or Vanilla Extract (1 tsp) or Walnuts ~ chopped (1 cup)
How You Make It
  • Just like the recipe mentioned above, all you have to do to make this slightly different streusel topping is mix all the same ingredients, and add the mentioned amount of any 1 or 2 of the additional ingredients (nutmeg, pecans, vanilla extract, walnuts).
  • Mix everything and again, sprinkle it generously on the cake batter that you've spread in the tray. Bake, cool it down a bit and enjoy the yummy treat that you just prepared!
For all those looking for something to try these with, here's an easy blueberry muffin recipe that you may like to have a look at. Combine both the recipes and give your taste buds a wonderful treat!
Pumpkin Cake
Streusel topping cake in a tin