Clarkson Ave. Crumb Cake Co. is a family business owned and operated by the mother and son team of Susan and James Walsh. Susan grew up on Clarkson Avenue in Brooklyn, NY in the 1950’s and 60’s. Like in many parts of New York, the people in Susan’s neighborhood took great pride in the food they created. James, who shares his mother’s flare for cooking, naturally gravitated to a career in the restaurant industry, beginning at age 14 at the local bagel store. Over the years James kept pushing and pushing his mother to take her crumb cakes to market and after a mere 20 years of nagging, he was finally able to convince Susan and thus, Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Company was born
Full cakes piled high with crumb topping come in 8×8 size and they are also available in a 12-pack of perfectly portioned individual servings called Crumbkins. All of the cakes are made with natural ingredients and are preservative free. They even have a gluten free version.
For my Holiday Gift Guide I chose the Chocolate Crumbkins Variety Pack which includes three of each flavor below.
- Brooklyn Blackout – Chocolate Ganache & Chocolate Crumb
- Brooklyn Joe – Coffee Ganache & Traditional Crumb
- Mint Chocolate Blackout – Mint Ganache & Chocolate Crumb
- Raspberry Blackout – Raspberry Preserves & Chocolate Crumb
As you can tell in the picture above, the Crumbkins were very moist. It is good that the cake is moist, but the crumb was also very moist and did not really have the “crumb” feeling that we all like in a crumb. Also note that with these being as moist as they are you will want to eat them within a couple of days. The flavor was great. the variety was great with something for everyone.
The Classic Crumb cake was more of the texture and mouth feel that you would expect from a crumb, I am assuming because it was packaged and sealed better. The crumb had that perfect texture and the cake was nice and soft. We love our crumbs warmed up so this was great both as a dessert or even for breakfast.
Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Co. would make an excellent gift for anyone on your list and maybe pickup one or two for yourself, I won’t tell. You can order online at clarksonavecrumb.com and be sure to show them some love on facebook, Instagram and twitter.