Strawberry Coffee Cake With Crumb Topping

Strawberry Coffee Cake
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 9 servings
Yield: 1 cake
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
253 Calories
9g Fat
41g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 9
Amount per serving
Calories 253
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 242mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 97mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

It's hard to imagine improving on a moist and tender coffee cake with a sweet crumb topping, but when fresh strawberries are added to the batter, this dessert favorite takes on a whole new look and taste. The recipe for this cake is an easy and delicious way to enjoy fresh spring strawberries when they are in season. It is topped with a buttery crumb that can be made with or without chopped pecans or walnuts.


  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, or walnuts, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8-inch-square baking pan.

  2. In a bowl, combine the sifted flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to blend thoroughly.

  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the milk with the egg and melted butter. Add the dry mixture and beat for 2 minutes.

  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Top with the sliced strawberries.

  5. Make the crumb topping: In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar; cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add chopped pecans or walnuts, if using.

  6. Sprinkle the crumb topping mixture over the strawberries.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

What Does "Cut In" Mean?

Many baking recipes—such as for pastry, biscuits, and crumb topping—call for "cutting in the butter." This is a technique of incorporating the butter into the flour and other dry ingredients while keeping small pieces of whole butter. That way, the butter is evenly distributed, and while the dish bakes, the butter melts and creates a layer of fat making for a flaky and rich tasting dessert.

Other Strawberry Cake Recipes

When fresh strawberries' peak season hits and the bright red berry is bountiful at the market, you may be looking for additional cake recipes that highlight this springtime treat. If you would like more of a dessert cake, a frosted strawberry cake is a perfect choice; the one-layer strawberry cake is topped with a pretty pink strawberry cream cheese frosting.

You will often find rhubarb right alongside the strawberries and it pairs nicely with the fruit, especially as the filling for a strawberry rhubarb crumb cake. If you are pressed for time, try a strawberry shortcut cake that uses fresh strawberries along with cake mix and strawberry gelatin.