Strawberry Crumb Cake is a dessert full of juicy fresh strawberries nestled between a soft and buttery cake and a delicious cinnamon crumble topping! Enjoy this strawberry crumble cake with a little vanilla ice cream or with a cup of coffee or tea for the ultimate treat!
If you have an abundance of strawberries from strawberry season, this recipe is calling your name! This fresh strawberry crumb cake is comprised of a soft vanilla cake with a pinch of nutmeg adorned with vibrant red strawberries and crowned with a luscious crumbly topping that adds a satisfying crunch to every bite!
At the heart of this masterpiece lies the succulent strawberries, their natural sweetness bursting with each forkful. But that's not all – the true star of this dessert is the crumbly topping. It offers a contrast of textures, blending the delicate crumble with the velvety cake base.
Each bite is a harmonious blend of moist cake, juicy strawberries, and that irresistible crumbly crunch that dances across your tastebuds.
Not to mention - this cake is SO versatile! It's perfect for a leisurely brunch or breakfast treat, afternoon tea, or a sweet finale to any meal. Pair it with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to elevate the indulgence factor even further.
(full list of ingredients in the recipe card)
Invest in a Digital Scale: Baking is more precise when you measure ingredients by weight instead of volume. The main reason is that tt allows you to have more control of how much of the ingredients you are adding to the recipe. It also prevent common mistakes like adding too much flour or too little sugar etc. A digital kitchen scale can make a significant difference. In the recipe card, you can switch to "metric" to get the weight in grams for this recipe. The tab in underneath the list of ingredients.
Use Parchment Paper: If you don't have nonstick baking spray, line your pans with parchment paper to prevent sticking. This also makes it easier to lift remove baked goods from the pan.
Get creative! Experiment with Flavor! Enhance your baked goods with extracts, zests, spices, and other flavorings to create unique and delightful treats.
Use Fresh Ingredients: The quality of your ingredients greatly impacts the final outcome. Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor and texture. For this recipe, I don't recommend using strawberry jam or freeze-dried strawberries. This is meant to be a fresh strawberry cake so be sure to use the sweetest strawberries you can find!
Keep Ingredients at Consistent Temperatures: When a recipe calls for ingredients to be at a specific temperature (e.g., room temperature butter or eggs), follow those guidelines for the best results.
Combine oats, all purpose flour, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Mix together with your hands and then add room temperature butter. Continue to mix together until butter is fully incorporated and crumbles begin to form. Place in the refrigerator. (Image 1)
Place strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium sized mixing bowl. Let it sit or 10 minutes, until you're ready to assemble to cake. This will be the strawberry filling. (Image 2)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and kosher salt. Whisk together and set aside.
Combine room temperature butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream together on medium speed for 3 minutes. Reduce to low speed and begin adding eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated prior to adding the next. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add vanilla extract and continue to mix until all ingredients are mixed together. (Image 3)
Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix together. Then add milk and the cream cheese, then the remainder of the flour mixture and mix until just combined. (Image 4)
Storing your strawberry crumb cake properly will help maintain its freshness and flavor. Here's how to do it:
Room temperature: If you plan to consume the cake within 2-3 days, you can store it at room temperature. Place the cake in an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. Keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Refrigerator: If you need to store the cake for a few more days, it's best to refrigerate it. Place the cake in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic wrap, and then store it in the refrigerator. The cooler temperature will help preserve the freshness of the cake and prevent spoilage.
Freezing: If you want to store the strawberry crumb cake for an extended period, consider freezing it. Allow the cake to cool completely, then wrap the entire cake tightly in plastic wrap. Place in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags and freeze. When you're ready to enjoy the frozen cake, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Allow it to come to room temperature before serving for the best texture and flavor.
Making Ahead: I recommend making 1-2 days in advance of serving for the best flavor.
No, frozen strawberries have too much moisture and will not bake well with this recipe.
The amount of streusel topping is what sets these two apart. Coffee cake has a thinner layer of topping while crumb cake has a dense, thicker topping.
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