Strawberry Crumb Cake Recipe

Berry Tempting: Strawberry Crumb Cake

Last weekend I finally made a recipe I've been wanting to make for a year: Food & Wine's strawberry crumb cake. The three-layered treat consists of a bottom of jam-like sweet strawberries, a middle of thick white cake, and a top of buttery crumbs. Alone it makes a devilishly delicious breakfast, but top it with a scoop of ice cream and you've got a dinner party dessert. It doesn't really matter when you serve it, all that matters is that you make this cake! It's a perfect thing to surprise your mom with, because after all, what mom doesn't love strawberries? She'll enjoy them even more in a cake baked by one of her loved ones. Want the recipe? Trust me, this one is a keeper! Read more.

Warm Strawberry Crumb Cake

Warm Strawberry Crumb Cake

Warm Strawberry Crumb Cake


For the filling
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


  1. Make the filling: Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the strawberries with the sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch slurry and vanilla seeds and let stand until the berries release some of their juices, about 30 minutes.
  3. Pour the fruit filling into a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish set on a sturdy baking sheet.
  4. Meanwhile, make the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, mix all of the ingredients with your fingers until a coarse meal forms; press into small clumps.
  5. Make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the vanilla extract and scrape down the bowl.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the batter in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk.
  8. Spoon the batter over the fruit filling, spreading it to the edge. Sprinkle with the crumb topping.
  9. Bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling, the crumb topping is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer to a rack to cool slightly.
  10. Serve the crumb cake warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

Serves 8.

Make ahead: the crumb cake can be refrigerated overnight. Serve warm or at room temperature.