Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Crumb Cake.

Buttery and moist crumb cake filled with cream cheese and juicy strawberries. To put it over the top, I go heavy on the crumb topping and finish it off with a sweet vanilla glaze. 

Strawberries 'n Cream Crumb Cake

There’s no sweeter way to start this summer week! I am head over heels with this show-stopping crumb cake, as you can probably tell by all the photos I’m sharing today. I was sucked into this photo shoot and could not stop snapping (and tasting) this beauty.

Speaking of photo shoots, this cake joined me in a magazine photo shoot last week. Do you read Where Women Cook? It’s a popular quarterly magazine sold in Costco and other large wholesale stores. I’m going to be featured in it this fall! They photographed and interviewed me in my new house last week.

I know you’re curious… and yes, Jude got in a few shots.

Strawberries 'n Cream Crumb Cake

Being photographed for a magazine was a little strange. In a good way! I’m usually fine in front of a camera (not shy at all) but the photographer told me I raise my shoulders when I pose, which isn’t flattering for any woman – of any size. I had no idea I did that?! A great tip I learned from her: drop your shoulders down! It lengthens your neck and makes you look taller and more confident. Good to know before our wedding pics.

For the photo shoot, I made this lip-smackin’ cake, along with my famous cake batter chocolate chip cookies. The magazine asked me to bake recipes that describe my blog and baking style. Clearly, sprinkles and streusel and pink and glaze represent SBA.

I love making crumb cakes for breakfast or brunch. It’s like having dessert… for breakfast or brunch. A win-win for everyone. I’m going to show you exactly how to make this strawberries ‘n cream crumb cake today. There are a lot of little steps to the recipe, but like I always say: read the recipe in full before you begin so you know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it.

And you can taste test along the way which makes the process enjoyable.

Strawberries 'n Cream Crumb Cake

There are 5 irresistible layers to this strawberry monstrosity:

(1) The buttery, moist, tender cake.
(2) The cream cheese/cheesecake-like filling which sort of melts into the cake to make it even more moist and mind-blowing and oh my god I need another bite now.
(3) Juicy sliced strawberries. Nothing more, nothing less.
(4) Crumb topping. So much crumb topping.
(5) The sweet vanilla glaze which drips down into every crevice.

Make them all separately then bring them together, like so:

How to Make Strawberries 'n Cream Crumb Cake

I love layered baked goods because I am an absolute texture freak. Are you like me too? Good. You will love this recipe. Soft cake, crunchy topping, juicy strawberries, melty glaze, creamy cream cheese. Every texture and flavor you love gets a nice checkmark here.

I’m entertaining in our new house a lot in the next month, so I’ve been looking for convenient make-ahead recipes. This cake is a wonderful choice because you can make the whole thing (except for the glaze) in advance and freeze it. See make-ahead instructions in the recipe below. Your guests’ eyes will light up when you serve them a slice.

Nerd alert: did you know that there is an average 200 seeds in one strawberry?

Glazed Strawberry Crumb Cake

As an alternative to breakfast or brunch, you have to try serving this crumb cake warm with vanilla ice cream instead of the glaze. Totally the perfect ending to a summer meal.

Follow me on Instagram and tag #sallysbakingaddiction so I can see all the SBA recipes you make. 


Strawberries 'n Cream Crumb Cake

Yield: serves 10

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Print Recipe

Buttery and moist crumb cake filled with cream cheese and juicy strawberries. To put it over the top, I go heavy on the crumb topping and finish it off with a sweet vanilla glaze.


Crumb Topping

  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons (90g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed


  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60g) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk1
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 2/3 cup (134g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8-10 fresh strawberries, sliced2
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar

Vanilla Glaze

  • 3/4 cup (90g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray an 8-in or 9-in springform pan with non-stick spray. Springform pan is required. Set aside.
  2. Make the crumb topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Cut the butter into the mixture with a pastry blender or mix with hands until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use. This crumb mixture must be chilled.
  3. Make the cake: In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the egg and melted butter together on medium speed until combined. Add the milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until thoroughly mixed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
  4. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl until combined. With the mixer running on low, pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Pour into the prepared baking pan.
  5. In a medium bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on high speed until smooth. Add remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 cup granulated sugar and beat on medium speed until combined. Spread over the crumb cake batter. Layer with sliced strawberries as shown in the photo above. Top with the crumb topping and gently press the topping into the batter.
  6. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out free of cake crumbs. I covered the cake with aluminum foil after 40 minutes to help avoid the top from browning too much. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before glazing.
  7. Make the glaze: Whisk the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla together. Remove the sides of the springform pan and drizzle the glaze over the cake. The cake will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 4 days.
  8. Make ahead tip: Bake the cake as directed and freeze without the glaze for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees to warm it up. Glaze before serving.

Additional Notes:

  1. Any milk including soy, almond, buttermilk, regular is OK for the cake. I used 1%.
  2. Frozen strawberries are fine - thaw and blot dry before using.

Recipe adapted from Glazed Cherry Crumb Cake. That recipe is in my cookbook.

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Try my Glazed Strawberry Bread next.

Glazed Strawberry Bread Recipe

And the Strawberry Sweet Rolls in my cookbook.

Glazed Strawberry Rolls




146 Responses to “Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Crumb Cake.”

  1. #
    saraposted January 22, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Hi Sally, my cake tastes fab everyone loves it but it has sunk in the middle ? Help please?


  2. #
    nagwan karamposted February 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    this is one of the best cake recipes i have ever tried


  3. #
    Suzanneposted March 24, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I have made the blueberry version of this last year. So fantastic. I gave one to my neighbor to help her out as she had company coming over and they all raved about it. It is now her go to cake to make for everyone. She loves it. i need to make this one. Oh and i gave thema combo pack of scones (thanks to you) and she said Oh i want Strawberry Scones for my Birthday. haaha. You have made me a hero in the scone land. I got my best friend into it now. We love your recipes.


    • Sallyreplied on March 25th, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Thanks so much Suzanne! So glad you love the scones. And a blueberry version of this is incredible… and crowd-pleasing for sure!


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    Judyposted March 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Sally! I love your website and I have tried many of your recipes. I live in Spain though, so finding some of the ingredients is hard or just imposisble. I see that this recipe, like many, asks for package or brick style cream cheese but here we only have spead, even using Philadelphia brand. Is there a big difference between the two of them? Or can I use spread in this recipe?
    Thanks for being so great, it was your blog that inspired me to start baking! ^^


  5. #
    Taylorposted March 27, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    This is such a great recipe! I made it for our Easter dinner, and used some homemade lemon curd (also from your blog) in place of the strawberries.  It was absolute perfection! Thanks again for sharing!


    • Sallyreplied on March 28th, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      That sounds incredible with the lemon curd!


  6. #
    Janeposted March 29, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Wow! Thank you for this recipe! I’ve made it twice since Saturday and I can honestly say it is the best cake ever.


  7. #
    Triciaposted April 2, 2016 at 2:56 am

    Hi Sally 🙂

    I’d like to make this ASAP, but strawberries aren’t in season here yet so I was wondering if it’d be ok to use a layer of strawberry jam instead? I’ll definitely be making this with fresh strawberries in a few weeks!


    • Triciareplied on April 2nd, 2016 at 3:01 am

      So sorry. Have just spotted that you’ve answered this already! Definitely going to be baking this in a few days when my eldest is at nursery!


  8. #
    Judyposted April 6, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Hi again Sally. I don’t know if my other comment didn’t show up for you or it got lost ^^

    I still want to bake the cake so I wanted to know if instead of brick cream cheese I could use spread since in my country that’s the only type we have. 


    • Sallyreplied on April 6th, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      You can try spread– but maybe add a couple Tbsp of flour to it to bulk it up.


      • Judyreplied on April 6th, 2016 at 8:42 pm

        Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it out! ^^

  9. #
    Hafsaposted April 12, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Made this recipe today! And everyone LOVED it! Thank you so much <3


  10. #
    Erinposted April 12, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Sally!
    I made this cake last night and it’s AWESOME!  I brought it to work today and it disappeared in less than 10 minutes!  🙂
    I think I will double the strawberries next time!  Can’t have too many!  🙂
    Thanks for another delicious recipe!  You’re the best!


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