Crumb Cake from Charmed by Jen Calonita

Charmed is the second book of the Fairy Tale Reformed School by Jen Calonita, which features Gilly, the most infamous thief of the Enchantasia, and her friends, Keyla, Maxim, Jax and Jocelyn, all “formed” villain of the kingdom. These people have been send to the Fairy Tale Reformed School for teen troublemakers ruled by Cinderella Wicked Stepmother to be turned into a productive members of society. In this second installment, the school and all Enchantasia are threat by the Wicked One, who cursed Sleeping Beauty, and when cursed scrolls started to pop up around the villa and the school, Gilly goes undercover as a Royal In Waiting to found out a spy.

The fact that I chose crumb cake as the recipe of this book is because it featured on a scene when Gilly understand that she wasn’t right and friendship is more important than be a hero. She gets herself into some attitude that wasn’t good with her friend, and the day when families are granted to visit the student of the reform school there’s a big picnic and Gilly is able to apologize and ate crumb cake. That scene is absolutely my favorite because Gilly became humble after the whole hero thing that was getting into her head. 

It sad but I’ve found that most heroines tents to be stubborn and they “always” are right or have the “best” way, and when they doing badly to their friends, there has to happen so many things for them to release that and say “I am sorry”. So, when Gilly accepted that she did wrong at the first time that she heard it from her friends and that she apologize for it, was perfect for me, because this is a children book and that stand a precedent for kids to be humble and to take responsibility for their mistakes. 

Crumb Cake is also perfect for this book because it’s a sweet, tasty deliciousness with a mix of texture and represent with it layers the different things that get into motion for this story to be told, and even when it seems simple and flat, both, this book and the cake, become a surprise. Crumb Cake is a traditional German cake of a basic yeast dough with a topping called Streusel make of flour, sugar and butter, there are plenty of versions and is common to use seeds, crème and fruits, especially with sour taste. It says that this recipe comes from the region of Silesia, which was part of the Bohemian Crown lands and later part of the German Empire, and now it’s divide between Germany, Czech Republic and Poland, but it doesn’t matter from where it comes, it delicious and here’s the recipe, which is very easy and fast to make.


1 ½ cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of buttermilk
½ cup of butter
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of ground cloves
1 pinch of salt
1 egg lightly beaten


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 7x11 inch baking pan or casserole dish.

2. Combine sugar, flour and butter. Use a fork to cut butter in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 1/2 cup of this mixture to use as topping.

3. To the remaining flour mixture, add cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt. Lightly stir in the buttermilk and egg. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle cake with reserved topping.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean.

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