Buttermilk Crumb Cake Recipe and Naturally Nora Giveaway

by jerseygirl on May 4, 2011 · 27 comments


I was recently contacted by Naturally Nora All-Natural Baking Mixes about trying some of their baking products. I was happy to learn that Nora is a Jersey girl just like me and the company is located only 30 minutes from where I live. I was intrigued to hear that their cake, brownie, frosting and cookie mixes are all natural. I always keep some cake mixes in my pantry as I never know when my son or daughter might inform me at 10pm that they need cupcakes for their class the next morning. I usually add some buttermilk to boxed mixes as I like the convenience more than the boxed taste.

After baking with several Natually Nora mixes, I realized that there is no boxed taste here! I made some chocolate chunk cookies with my children and they were so good. Big chunks of chocolate were embedded in the cookies and the house smelled like a bakery. Now would you like to try some naturally Nora products? I am giving away one box of Naturally Nora sugar cookie mix along with one box of Alot A dots frosting. Wouldn’t it be fun to make the sugar cookies then decorate them with this frosting?

All you have to do is leave me a comment and let me know what type of baked good is your favorite. For an extra chance at winning, you can like Naturally Nora on Facebook by clicking HERE. Leave a comment saying you did so. Please leave an email address if you do not have a link to a blog. Sorry but this giveaway is only open to US residents. I will randomly pick a winner on Friday night.

Now for the coffee cake. To me, there is nothing better than a moist cake with large buttery, sugary crumbs on top. I decided to take the Naturally Nora yellow cake mix and turn it into a New York style crumb cake. I could eat this for breakfast everyday with a latte. I would need bigger clothes if I did but luckily I made one coffee cake which disappeared in a day. No need to have to worry about eating coffee cake tomorrow. This cake was so easy to make and you would never know it started from a box!

Buttermilk Crumb Cake

Naturally Nora yellow cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup canola oil
3 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat together cake mix, buttermilk, oil and eggs. Mix together for 2 minutes or until batter is fairly smooth. Pour the batter into a greased 9 by 13 glass pan. In another bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the melted butter and mix together. Use your hands to form a crumb like mixture. Break off crumbs and drop them on top of the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until cake is golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.

***For full disclosure I was not compensated for this post but I did receive free product to try. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Debbie May 4, 2011 at 6:49 am

Oh yum, that cake does look good. I would love to win this!


rebecca May 4, 2011 at 7:30 am

Your coffee cake looks fabulous. Wish I could try it out!

As for my favorite baked good, I, unfortunately, love everything! But if I were forced to state the #1, it would have to be the gateau st. honore.


Katrina (Betty Ray) May 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

Hmmm, and here I am with a nearly full container of buttermilk with a sell by date of today. Guess we're having your coffee cake tonight! 🙂 Thanks for the cake mix reviews. They look pretty good. Will have to try them.


The Japanese Redneck May 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

It's so hard to chose a favorite baked good. I like them all!


Mo May 4, 2011 at 11:05 am

I love the idea of an all natural baking mix – especially cake mix, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to trying it.


Pam May 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

Great giveaway. The crumb cake is calling my name… I wish I had a slice right now to go with my coffee.


Danielle Johnson May 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Thank you! I bake a mean banana bread but my favorite are the milky way, butterfinger, chocolate chunk cookies from Jenny on Picky Palate.


Lisa @ The Gonzo Gourmet May 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

What cute mixes! My favorite baked good is one that someone else makes for me, as I'm a complete wreck at baking. I do favor chocolate chip cookies, though. Your comment about the coffee cake and new pants made me laugh…a friend gave me a nice bottle of olive oil that I've been enjoying every day for the past few weeks with bread and tomatoes. I think I've gone through half the bottle already!


That Girl May 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

My husband is not so different from your children. We keep brownie mix in the pantry for the same reason.


Jennifurla May 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I agree with you about coffee cake, yu. Yours looks great.

My favorite baked good changes with what I am making, so right now it is cake.


Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] May 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I love a good coffee cake. That on looks amazing!


Topher May 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

My favorite is a cinnamon swirl quick bread.


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Leslie May 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm

My favorite baked good??? Is it even right to ask such a silly question to us foodies? I love all baked goods! Glad to know there is no packaged flavor in these


itztofu May 5, 2011 at 1:36 am

Your cake crumb cake looks absolutely delicious! 🙂 I'd have to say my favorite baked good is either dinner rolls or banana bread, they are so delicious!


momof2girls May 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

My favorite would be the plain old sugar cookie. This cake looks good though.



momof2girls May 5, 2011 at 8:36 am

I like Naturally Nora on FB.



kat May 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

It's all about the snickerdoodle for me


laurielufkin May 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Would be fun to experiment with these mixes–and the sugar cookie sound like fun!


Virginia May 5, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Crumb cake, hands down! Nothing else comes close for a taste of childhood love. Thanks for your blog and great recipes – inspiration plus! We Jersey girls gotta stick together!! Cheers,


Virginia May 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Crumb cake, hands down! There's nothing like the taste of childhood love that comes with old-fashioned crumb cake. Thanks so much for your recipes and inspiration! We Jersey girls gotta stick together.


Lorie May 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I love a crumb cake that is heavy on the crumb and this one looks like it is. Yum! My favorite baked good? I'm kind of on a pie kick, so I'll go with pies. That could change at any time, though. 😉


Maria May 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I love a good crumb cake, this one looks wonderful!


Love May 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

Fave baked good? Definitely a cake with gooey frosting! Although a great cheese danish/coffee cake is close.


Karen M May 6, 2011 at 5:22 am

Looks great! I'm all about jazzing up a boxed mix 😉


Maris (In Good taste) May 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm

My favorite is anything chocolate!


Anonymous May 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Chocolate Chip Cookies or brownies.
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Ciao Chow Linda May 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

I know the giveaway is closed but I just had to let you know I bought a crumb cake the other day and finished it in no time flat. I will definitely look for this boxed mix and give it a try.


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