When I saw this recipe for a warm strawberry crumb cake in the current issue of Food and Wine magazine, I instantly knew I had to try it! With its plump juicy berries, this cake screams Spring — making it the perfect finish to any Easter meal. In the recipe, fresh strawberries are tossed with sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. A smooth cake batter tops the berries and a brown sugar butter crumble covers the batter. The final result is a scrumptious, yet homey dessert. Although there are several components, the entire cake can be made the day before the celebration. To add this dish to your repertoire, read more.
For the filling Serves 8. Make ahead: the crumb cake can be refrigerated overnight. Serve warm or at room temperature.
3 pounds strawberries, hulled and halved (8 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 1/2 tablespoons of water
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
For the crumb topping:
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
For the cake:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
For the filling
Make ahead: the crumb cake can be refrigerated overnight. Serve warm or at room temperature.