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Lemon Cream Cheese Crumb Cake piece on white plate.

Lemon Cream Cheese Crumb Cake Recipe

Lemon Cream Cheese Crumb Cake - fluffy lemon cake with a creamy cheesecake layer and a crumb topping.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword crumb cake, lemon cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9 servings
Calories 448 kcal
Author Anna


for the cake layer:

  • 1.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

for the cream cheese layer:

  • 8 oz . brick of cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest

for the crumb topping:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted, cooled to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 13" x 9" baking pan. Set aside.

to make the cake:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients ( four, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt).
  2. In another mixing bowl, whisk the wet ingredients (buttermilk, vanilla, eggs, oil, lemon zest and lemon juice).
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  4. Spread the cake layer in the prepared pan.

to make the cheesecake layer:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy.
  2. Add vanilla, sugar and zest and mix in well.
  3. Add egg and mix in well.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter on the cake layer and gently spread with the back of the spoon. Try to keep it about 1/4" away from the edge.

to make the crumb topping:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir with a fork melted butter, sugar, salt and flour. Stir until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the cream cheese layer.
  3. Bake the cake for 33 to 37 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown, the crumb topping is golden and the cream cheese layer looks slightly puffed up. It will go down as the cake cools.
  4. Cool the cake completely in the pan before serving.

Recipe Notes

You will need 1 whole lemon for this recipe. I love lemon desserts so I always use the zest from the whole lemon. In this recipe it's used in the cake layer as well as the cheesecake layer.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cream Cheese Crumb Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 284mg12%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 610IU12%
Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.