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Crumb Buns/Crumb Cake?

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: ekdd

      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.

      1. re: ekdd

        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.

      2. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: CookingBabs


            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: MOSHEA

              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

              1. re: woles

                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

                1. re: fourunder

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

            2. 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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              1. re: jnk

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

              2. 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. 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.

                  1. 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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                    1. re: maryanne06

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

                      1. re: JerzeyShore

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

                        1. re: maryanne06

                          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 ...

                          1. re: maryanne06

                            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

                            1. re: foodislove1958

                              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.

                              1. re: woles

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


                                1. re: woles

                                  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.


                          2. re: maryanne06

                            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

                          3. 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. 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.

                              1. 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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                                1. re: pclondon

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