Meyer Lemon Crumb Cake

Bree, Baked Bree

This Meyer Lemon Crumb Cake is tender and light on the bottom, bright from the Meyer lemon, and has a gorgeous lemon glaze that runs down the sides. To cut down on prep time you can make the streusel up to 3 days ahead of time. Keep it chilled, and day you plan to serve it, add it to the cake batter and you are ready to go. If you cannot find Meyer lemons in your grocery store, you can use plain lemons. If you want to replicate the flavor of Meyer lemon, add a splash of orange juice to the lemon juice.

Tip: Don’t have 2 hours to let your butter come to room temperature? Cut your butter into small pieces and let it sit out for 30 minutes. It will come to room temperature a lot faster.

Meyer Lemon Crumb Cake

By Bree

For streusel:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, cold

For cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
3 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream

For glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
4 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice


Make the streusel by mixing together flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter until small clumps form. Cover and refrigerate, up to 3 days.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch springform cake pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy; about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Reduce the mixer to low, and add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle the streusel over the top of the cake. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool in the pan 15 minutes. Remove from the springform pan, cool completely on a cooling rack.

Whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over the cooled cake. Let the glaze set, and slice.

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  1. Robert said:

    This cake looks amazing

  2. Robert said:

    Cake looks wonderful!!

  3. I just made this cake last night and it turned out wonderfully! There was a lot more crumble than we like, so next time I’ll probably decrease how much streusel I make, but this recipe is sensational! Thanks so much!

  4. KK said:

    I baked this last night. Followed the directions exactly, with the exception of using a regular 9-inch round cake pan rather than a springform pan, and my crumb topping fell through! If you bake this I suggest you allow the cake the bake at least 20 minutes before adding the topping. Very disappointing.