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Crumb Buns/Crumb Cake?

kme27 Feb 21, 2008 12:26 PM

I am trying to find a really good bakery in NJ or NY. Growing up I always went to Peter's Bakery in Maplewood (it is no longer there) and used to get these really good crumb buns.
Entenmann's makes a crumb cake...but I'm trying to find the real deal from a bakery.

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    ekdd RE: kme27 Feb 22, 2008 02:30 AM

    for crumb cake in the ny/nj area the best -by far- is B&W bakery in hackensack (614 main street)-----its the real deal.

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      dolores RE: ekdd Feb 22, 2008 04:02 AM

      The last really good crumb bun I had was from a bakery in Westchester that seemingly changed their formula, and now they're blech.

      Does Galloways in Scarsdale make crumb buns?

      I make my own crumb cake, so this isn't something I'm really interested in getting from a bakery.

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        fourunder RE: ekdd Feb 25, 2008 04:42 AM

        kme27 and ekdd,

        I would agree B &W is well regarded and quite possibly the best Coffee Crumb Cake available from Northern New Jersey Bakeries. The crumb topping is amazing and bountiful.

        If you grew up eating Entenmann's or Drake's, those are two items whose lower cake portion is actually cake. The B & W version is drier, not as soft and resembles something closer to sweet bread, in my opinion........it's different, but very good.

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        jerseydiner RE: kme27 Feb 25, 2008 05:25 AM

        Another vote for B&W. The cake part is just the vehicle by which to get the crumb part into your mouth. It is a family favorite, and one we often bring with us when we visit family outside the area. It also survives FEDEX shipping unscathed.

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          CookingBabs RE: kme27 Feb 25, 2008 09:20 AM

          B&W is definitely the best.....a tip, though, make sure you don't buy individual (single serving) pieces; it's not the same! We made that mistake one day, and were really disappointed. There was just a very thin layer of crumbs and the cake seemed drier and much thicker.
          You have to buy a whole piece; it's about 8x10". The middle pieces are especially loaded with crumbs -- though they are a little strict about not letting you choose the piece you want! They claim that they are "all middles." I guess they use pans without edges ;)

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            fourunder RE: CookingBabs Feb 25, 2008 10:22 AM


            A full baking sheet pan which is used to bake the Coffee Cakes @ B & W are:

            24" x 18" in measurement.

            B & W , I believe scores the cut down the middle @ 9 inches and cuts across the pan two times @ 8 inches increments to yield 6 pieces per pan. I do not believe they cut @ 6 inches across for 8 pieces total. I recall the cakes being more square in shape than rectangular, 8x9 as opposed to 6x9. Four corners and two middles. I would naturally defer to others who know better.

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            MOSHEA RE: kme27 Mar 20, 2008 12:43 PM

            I too would vote for B&W in Hackensack, it was the best I ever had until I started making my own, everyone tells me it's the best they ever had even better than B&W! I KNOW I can't believe it! trying to get a business started!! "Just Crumbs", it's the best

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              woles RE: MOSHEA Mar 14, 2011 11:33 AM

              please, can I have the e-mail address or how to contact B&W bakery. I live in California and would die for a New York style crumb bun. woco3@san.rr.com

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                fourunder RE: woles Mar 14, 2011 05:29 PM

                I don't think they have a website, but here is their address and telephone number.

                B & W Bakery
                614 Main Street
                Hackensack, NJ 07601-5913
                (201) 342-5577

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                  woles RE: fourunder Mar 15, 2011 08:33 AM

                  B&W do not deliver, I'm out of luck. My quest goes on

            2. jnk RE: kme27 Mar 16, 2011 10:47 AM

              My favorite crumb cake is from a bakery in Hoboken, "City Hall Bakery" I think is the name (across from city hall on Washington St. Haven't been there in a few years but the cake is a yeast cake rather thin with a very thick layer of crumb on top. I've had B&W's which is good but I find this one has better crumb. To each their own.

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                karenrmj RE: jnk Mar 16, 2011 02:15 PM

                That is now the home of Carlo's Bakery..AKA The Cake Boss

              2. JerzeyShore RE: kme27 Mar 16, 2011 12:00 PM

                The next time you are down at the Jersey shore try: The Flakey Tart in Atlantic Highlands and Mueller's Bakery in Bay Head as both have an excellent crumb cake.

                1. fershore RE: kme27 Mar 16, 2011 03:50 PM

                  I grew up near Freedman's in Belmar and have the fondest memories of their crumb cake. Enormous perfectly sweet crumbs to about 30 percent yummy cake. It's been a couple of years since I've tasted. I hope that it still holds up.

                  Other faves were their rye, pumpernickel, crullers, jelly donuts...

                  They have several locations in Monmouth County though the number has dwindled. I am both grateful and sad that none of them are near my grown-up home.

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                    maryanne06 RE: kme27 Mar 19, 2011 04:04 PM

                    Packanack Bakery on Route 23 North in Wayne and Mueller's in Bay head both make excellent crumb buns. In the summer season, Mueller's opens a shop in Point Pleasant Beach. My dad used to work at Drakes Bakery when I was young, so I've seen my share of crumb cakes.

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                      JerzeyShore RE: maryanne06 Mar 20, 2011 07:12 AM

                      Looks like the Point Pleasant Beach location has closed permanently as a new store moved into their old building.

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                        maryanne06 RE: JerzeyShore Mar 20, 2011 07:33 AM

                        Thank you for that update about Mueller's, JerzeyShore.

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                          JerzeyShore RE: maryanne06 Mar 20, 2011 11:04 AM

                          Sure thing Maryanne06, my wife and I just went to Mueller's yesterday to pick up a crumb cake and while there we had jelly donuts for breakfast ...

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                            foodislove1958 RE: maryanne06 Mar 20, 2011 11:12 AM

                            When I grew up crumb buns and crumb cake were two totally differt entities. Crumb cake was moist and buttery with a thick buttery crumb topping. Crumb buns were yeast raised cake with crumbs, moist but not necessarily buttery. I have had really good crumb cakes in local bagel shops. There bottom is more like a buttery pound cake and the topping is super thick and moist. (Gem"s bagels in Hazlet has this crumb cake). As for the crumb buns, I have found the old yeast like ones I really like at the Carousel Bakery on Bethany Road in Hazlet. I would also mention that Gem"s has the best tradtional Black and Whites around! I love the Flaky Tart but have never tried their crumb buns or cake.

                            Flaky Tart
                            145 1st Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

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                              woles RE: foodislove1958 Mar 20, 2011 12:37 PM

                              HELP! still looking for a bakery, back east, that will ship to California.
                              I have looked up all of your suggestions and no one ships.

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                                fershore RE: woles Mar 20, 2011 03:44 PM

                                While not a bakery, they have many delectable baked goods and they ship.


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                                  Spiritchaser RE: woles Mar 21, 2011 09:45 AM

                                  Not sure if they will ship but Vaccaro's Bakery in Clark has incredible crumb cake. They are really personable there so maybe they can hook you up.


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                            LAC06488 RE: maryanne06 Aug 5, 2011 01:14 PM

                            Someone from our beach house bought a coffee cake from Packanack Bakery - the real kind with real crumbs ---it is the best I've had other than homemade

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                            Applecheeks RE: kme27 Mar 21, 2011 02:49 PM

                            Believe it or not, A&P has a great crumb cake. A co worker got one and brought it to the office. When everyone raved over it, she would not tell us where she got it. The next time she brought one to the office, we took the wrapper and called the company listed. They told us that it was sold at A&P and Pathmark. Just be sure you don't get something made in store. This one is in an 8 x 8 pan wrapped in plastic wrap.

                            1. Jay F RE: kme27 Mar 21, 2011 03:18 PM

                              If only Plainfield hadn't gone to hell with riots in the late '60s. The best crumb cake of my life came from Stire's (Stier's?--rhymes with "fires" or "liars") on Park Avenue just below E. 7th. Street. I've never had anything that was quite the same. And their cinnamon buns with raisins. It was one of those old-fashioned places with the spools of string hanging from the ceiling. Damned riots.

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                                pclondon RE: kme27 Aug 8, 2011 09:39 AM

                                Hahn's crumb cakes are fabulous, with more crumbs than cake and they're dense - in a good way. A 1-pound cake is about 2/3 the size of a regular 1-pound crumb cake. Our ShopRites sell them, but you can get them online at www.crumbcake.net. If you want to just cut to the chase, they sell just the crumbs by the bucket (my fantasy Christmas gift!).

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                                  Njchicaa RE: pclondon Aug 10, 2011 07:32 AM

                                  Mueller's Bakery in Bay Head, NJ has the best crumb cake I've ever had. Lots of crumb, not that much cake. Delicious.

                                  Mueller's Bakery
                                  80 Bridge Ave, Bay Head, NJ

                                2. JustJake RE: kme27 Aug 15, 2011 09:33 AM

                                  A vote here for Del Ponte's in Bradley Beach.

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