strawberry crumble coffee cake
Strawberry crumble coffee cake makes the best weekend breakfast or brunch idea! With an irresistible strawberry ribbon and cinnamon crumble topping, I love serving this fluffy and golden coffee cake with a drizzle of vanilla glaze and fresh strawberries.
The Best Strawberry Crumble Coffee Cake
Strawberry Ribbon – Made with fresh strawberries, the strawberry ribbon is essentially homemade strawberry preserves. Make the preserves first, then cool to room temperature before layering with the cake batter.
Crumble Topping – Made with melted butter, the cinnamon pecan crumble topping is simply irresistible! Sprinkled generously over the top of the coffee cake, the crumble bakes up beautifully golden.
Cake – Full fat Greek yogurt, buttermilk, and two large eggs plus one egg yolk ensure a golden and tender crumb for this coffee cake. If you prefer, you can also use sour cream in place of the Greek yogurt. Plenty of pure vanilla extract adds rich flavor to the buttery cake!
Glaze – A drizzle of vanilla butter glaze makes the perfect finish to this classic coffee cake recipe.
Coffee Cake Success
Room Temperature Ingredients – Bring all of the cake ingredients (butter, eggs and yolk, Greek yogurt, and buttermilk) to room temperature before beginning to ensure that they mix together uniformly.
Springform Pan – Use a 9-inch springform pan for this recipe. To prepare the pan, spread a thin layer of softened butter across the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Add a small amount of flour to the pan (about a tablespoon) and gently shake the pan to coat the bottom and up the sides evenly with flour. Invert the pan and tap out any excess flour.
Baking Time – Bake coffee cake for 65 minutes to 75 minutes, or until the top is golden and springs back to the touch, and a tester inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached. To prevent cake from over-browning, tent with foil after 45 minutes of baking.
Cooling Time – Transfer coffee cake to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes before removing the sides from the pan. Cool for at least 1 hour before glazing and serving with fresh strawberries.
How to Store Coffee Cake – Store the baked coffee cake at room temperature for up to 2 days, or wrap well and refrigerate. Reheat coffee cake in a warm oven (300°F) before serving.
- 2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp fresh lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 2/3 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups full fat Greek yogurt, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 Tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F and butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.
- For the strawberry ribbon, combine sliced strawberries, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium heavy saucepan. Bring to a rapid boil over medium heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently, until strawberries are broken down and mixture is the consistency of preserves and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and pour into a glass jar; let cool to room temperature before using (strawberry sauce can be ahead and chilled overnight once cool).
- For the crumple topping, whisk together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and mix in with a fork until completely incorporated and streusel is crumbly. Stir in pecans. Chill until ready to use.
- For the cake, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolk one at a time and beat well. Combine Greek yogurt and buttermilk in a small bowl. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with yogurt mixture (begin and end with flour mixture).
- Spoon half the batter into prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatula. Tap pan sharply. Drop spoonfuls of strawberry sauce over the batter. Spoon remaining batter into the pan and carefully smooth into an even layer. Tap pan sharply to reduce air bubbles. Drop spoonfuls of strawberry sauce over the top of the batter and sprinkle evenly with chilled crumble.
- Bake for 45 minutes, then tent with foil to prevent over-browning. Continue baking another 20 to 30 minutes (for a total of 65 to 75 minutes) or until topping is golden, cake springs back to the touch and a tester emerges with a few crumbs attached.
- Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes before removing sides from pan; cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
- For the glaze, whisk together melted butter, salt, vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over coffee cake and let set before serving with fresh strawberries.
- Store baked coffee cake at room temperature for up to 2 days, or wrap well and refrigerate. Reheat coffee cake in a warm oven (300°F) before serving.
Make ahead: Strawberry ribbon and crumble topping can be made 1-2 days in advance and refrigerated until ready to use.
Keywords: Strawberry, Cinnamon, Coffee Cake, Breakfast, Brunch