Strawberries & Cream Crumb Cake

We are getting into strawberry season here in NJ and it makes me so happy. They’re my absolute favorite fruit! I wanted to make a treat for this weekend to highlight them in all of their glory. This strawberries & cream crumb cake did just the trick! It was super easy to put together and perfect for either breakfast or dessert. That’s why I love crumb cakes like this, they’re so versatile and can take on so many different flavors!

All of the ingredients for the crumb topping were just stirred together in a bowl. It was the perfect topping for the strawberries & cream crumb cake!
I used yummy crunchy granola as the base for the crumb topping. It really made it, let me tell you. I just stirred all of the ingredients together quickly until it became uniform. It was such a perfect topping for the strawberries & cream crumb cake!
The batter for the strawberries & cream crumb cake doesn't even need any special tools or equipment!
Then I turned my attention to the cake batter. It was really easy and required no special tools! I just whisked my wet ingredients into my dry ingredients before I folded in the strawberries. It was gorgeous looking already! 
The strawberries & cream crumb cake smelled so amazing fresh out of the oven.
Once I got the batter and topping into my 8 x 8 pan, it was just a matter of patience. I made sure it baked completely through and puffed up gorgeously. The topping crisped up too, which was perfect. The strawberries & cream crumb cake smelled so amazing fresh out of the oven.

After the strawberries & cream crumb cake cooled, it was ready to cut and have a piece! My favorite part! Oh my goodness, the cake had the most amazing mouthfeel from using softened strawberry cream cheese in the batter. Then there were the juicy bursts of fresh strawberry and the crunchy crumb topping. There was texture and flavor happening all over the place. Enjoy, friends!

Strawberries & Cream Crumb Cake
Strawberries & Cream Crumb Cake
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Strawberries & Cream Crumb Cake
Strawberries & Cream Crumb Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 8 x 8 cake
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
FOR THE CAKE
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup strawberry cream cheese softened
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup hulled and roughly chopped fresh strawberries about 1/2 a pound
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the crumb topping. In a mixing bowl combine the granola, flour, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Stir it all thoroughly together until it is a uniform, wet sand texture crumb topping. Set it aside and pre-heat the oven to 375. Grease an 8 x 8 square pan liberally with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda together to aerate the dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, strawberry cream cheese, eggs and strawberry balsamic together until smooth for the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and gently whisk it just until it becomes a smooth batter. A few little lumps are ok, it is best not to overwork it. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the chopped strawberries.
  3. Pour the batter into the greased baking dish and smooth it out to be nice and even. Sprinkle the crumb topping to make an even layer on top of the batter. Get the crumb cake into the oven to bake for about 50-55 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean and the cake should be gorgeously golden.
  4. When it's done, take the crumb cake out and let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes at least. Then just cut into the desired sized pieces and serve! It doesn't get much better to pair it with a great cup of coffee or tea.

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