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.

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Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Crumb Cake

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Yield: serves 10
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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. 


Ingredients

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

Cake

  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk*
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2/3 cup (134g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 810 fresh strawberries, sliced*
  • 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 pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). 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 in the refrigerator for 4 days.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: 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.
  2. Milk: Any milk including soy, almond, buttermilk, regular is OK for the cake. I used 1%.
  3. Strawberries: Frozen strawberries are fine – thaw and blot dry before using.
  4. Recipe adapted from Glazed Cherry Crumb Cake. That recipe is in my cookbook.

Keywords: strawberry crumb cake

169 Comments

  1. I, too, have been on a strawberry kick. I’m even taking them to church on Wed nights to give to the preschooler’s at snack time. Imagine the smiles on their faces when I bring these muffins. Thank you

  2. I made this cake yesterday and it got rave reviews from everyone. I baked it for 55 minutes and it came out perfect. I did cover it loosely with foil at 45 minutes to keep it from getting to brown. Delicious and on my list to make again.

  3. Hi Sally. Just wondering if I can use pealed chopped apples? I’d like to make this, and the strawberry cheesecake muffins. I guess I’m questioning the juice from the apples, maybe add a touch of flour to them to hold it? Thanks!

  4. Hey Sally!

    How tall is the cake? If it in not that tall, would doubling the recipe make it bigger? I was hoping to make this for some guests this weekend but I’m worried it won’t be enough.

    1. I can’t remember how the exact measurement of this cake. I do not suggest doubling it and baking in one pan. How about making two separate cakes?

  5. So, I have a new favorite, and I have commanded all of my friends to try it as well. I usually don’t comment like this, but…. Lord have mercy this is AMAZING~~<3 :DDD

  6. Wow Sally! This cake is really quite wonderful!

    I made it last night in a 9″ springform pan and baked it for just a touch over 60 minutes (turned off the oven but kept the cake in for another 5 minutes to make sure it was set)…. 15 minutes later I just had to cut myself a slice and man alive it was buttery, creamy and really delicious! It rose really high – to the top of the pan, so about 2-1/2″, but no leaking or spillage. I was super impressed…. ended up giving half the cake to a friend who flipped over it….will make it again using blueberries instead of strawberries for a change of pace.

    Just love how the cream cheese filling melts into the cake base and yet there’s still a thin layer of it intact once it’s baked.

    Kudos on another perfect recipe!!!!

    Your fan in CT…Trixie

  7. Hi Sally, Beautiful cake. I wondered if it needed to be refridgerated after baking? Thanks for your help and delish recipes!

  8. Hi Sally,i’m new to your website.Can i use pie filling instead of fresh strawberries..I live in the tropics..and we dont always get the fresh ones at the store…Thanks! 🙂

  9. dear sally its been awhile since i begun to make your amazing recipes more than ten tims i baked strawberries creme cake every time its so delisous and tasty i love allmost every thing you bake thanks
    kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  10. Made this for Mothers Day…major hit! It was perfect (even with gluten free flour). Can’t wait it try it during peach season!

  11. Hi Sally,

    I’ve kept the remainder cake for a couple of days in the freezer and microwave it before eating. The crumbs became soggy and not as crispy as it first came out of the oven. Any way that I can keep the crumbles stay as crispy as when it first baked? Other than that I’m still loving the cake.

    1. Heat from the microwave made the crumbles soggy. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how to get around that because of the cream cheese, glaze, and strawberry layers. Maybe you can bake some extra crumbs on a baking sheet until they are crisp to your liking and sprinkle on top.

  12. I’ve made this crumb cake twice now because we love it so much in my home. The first time I made it, my husband saw me take it out of the oven and couldn’t wait to have a slice. After he was done with that slice, I actually saw him lick his plate – he loved it that much! Both times I made this cake, I added sliced peaches to the strawberry layer. I might try other fruit combinations this summer. Thanks for this great recipe Sally!

  13. Hello . I have just become one of your fans, lol. I am from South Africa. I live in the bush veld where I run a small Bed and Breakfast near the border to Botswana. I like to spoil my guests with special, delicious Breakfasts and dinners. Your Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins are soooo delicious and best of all, they look so good. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with the rest of the world. I can see from your website that you absolutely love what you are doing. And I wish you lots of success for many years to come. Warm regards from Africa

  14. I came home from a strawberry festival with a huge basket of strawberries that I couldn’t waste. Took a look at your strawberry recipes and I had to make this one!! YUM!! The cream cheese layer with the crumb topping is so delicious!! 
    Also, for those who do not have a springform pan, I used a pie plate and it turned out perfectly fine! 

  15. I made this recipe a few days ago, and it was just fantastic!  I’ve never done a crumb cake with a cream cheese layer like this before, so I wanted to give it a try.  I did make just a few changes, such as using blueberries instead of strawberries.  I’m currently living in Tokyo, and since it’s not strawberry season here they’re hard to find and expensive!  I also added some lemon juice and zest to both the cream cheese layer and icing, which was fantastic.  This is truly a summer recipe!

  16. Hi Sally, I have this cake in the oven right now and it smells amazing. Question: is the cake batter supposed to be really thick? Almost like a wet cookie dough?

      1. The cake came out absolutely amazing! Probably the best cake I ever made. Thanks so much.

  17. Hi Sally,

    i´m from germany and would like to bake this wonderful cake, but my question is: how much is 1 package cream cheese in grams??
    thank you very much
    tanja

  18. Hi Sally. Would cake flour work instead of all purpose for the cake portion? If so, how much do you think would be needed? Thanks for your help and the wonderful recipes!

  19. 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.

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

  20. 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! ^^

  21. 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!

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

  23. 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!

    1. 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!

  24. 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. 

  25. 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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