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Strawberry Coffee Cake – Kid-friendly Easter Brunch Recipe

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This Strawberry Coffee Cake is a delicious recipe for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. I love that we’ve made breakfast cake a thing in our house. There’s nothing better than starting off the day with this strawberry coffee cake recipe. It really does pair perfectly with my cup of coffee. Check out my other Strawberry Dessert Recipes as well.

The kids will love knowing that they’ll get to take part in this strawberry breakfast cake! It’s light and fluffy and has the best crumble topping, ever! This fresh strawberry coffee cake recipe is one that you’re going to crave over and over again!

The flavor of this Strawberry Coffee Cake is a delicious and easy dessert. I can’t explain to you how simple this recipe is and how much you’re going to love it! It’s literally one of my favorite recipes to make so I can get that sweet strawberry flavor quick and easily right at home.

This strawberry brunch cake is made with fresh strawberries and cooked until the top is golden brown. Pair it with some ice cream and it’s a truly simple treat.

I love this brunch cake recipe because it’s just perfectly balanced with a sweet filling and an outer crunch. The first time I made this, my boys loved this recipe!

I think that you could even turn this into a blueberry brunch cake by using blueberries in place of strawberries! I love recipes that allow for variations.

This is one of my favorite Easy Easter Recipes to make!

Strawberry Coffee Cake

The brown sugar is what makes the delicious crumb topping on top of this cake so good. This strawberry crumble is a great recipe. Top it with whipped cream and you’re going to love every bite.

My boys tend to eat this up really fast so I take that as a good sign that it’s delicious! You’re going to love the flavor and if you play your cards right, you can add in some fresh strawberries from the garden, too. I also think that this is really good for an Easter brunch or family meal as well.

Why is my crumb cake full of liquid?

If you pull it out of the oven and notice that there is liquid, it’s more than likely just some juice from the fruit. Once it gets to room temperature, it’s going to firm up and not have so much liquid.

Also, make sure that you’re following the recipe as it’s written. It shouldn’t have a ton of liquid if you are.

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Strawberry Crumb Cake Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Ready to start your meal planning journey? You’re going to love this easy process. I’m a huge fan of meal planning as it saves me so much time and lets everyone know what to expect in the family! Below is a sample of how quick and easy it can be to meal plan.

Main Dish: Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Vegetable Side: Grilled Zucchini

Starch Side: Pan Fried Potatoes

Refreshing Drink: Orange Lemonade Mocktail

Best Cobbler Recipes:

Once you make this Easy Cobbler Recipe, you’re going to want even more delicious cobbler sweets and treats. I’ve gathered up some recipes that I think you’re going to love. All are unique and a bit different but so worth the time and effort!

This Pumpkin Cobbler Recipe is perfect for the fall months! The pumpkin flavor will have you coming back for just one more bite!

You’re going to love the flavor of this Easy Apple Cobbler Recipe. If you use tart apples, you’ll have the perfect balance of sweet and tart!

If you like blueberries, don’t miss out on this Blueberry Cobbler Recipe. I love using fresh blueberries when they’re in season because of the natural sweetness!

This Homemade Peach Cobbler is one of my favorite sweets and treats to make. When the peaches are fresh and ripe, the flavor us unreal!

You’ll love using your slow cooker for this Crockpot Blueberry Cobbler. You can have your entire house filling full of these sweet smells!

Don’t miss out on this delicious Healthy Peach Cobbler Recipe! A healthy cobbler is always good to have on your radar!

The kids crave and beg for this Peach Cake Mix Cobbler Recipe. I give in and make this for them all the time!

How do you make buttermilk?

This recipe also requires buttermilk, which I never have on hand, despite lots of baking.  If your recipe requires buttermilk, just add a dash of white vinegar to regular milk, and let sit for a few minutes.

For this recipe, it calls for 1/2 cup buttermilk, so I measured out a scant 1/2 cup of milk, then added 1/2 tsp vinegar. Works perfectly.

What makes a coffee cake a coffee cake?

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a coffee cake a coffee cake, you’re not alone. At its core, a coffee cake is simply a cake that’s meant to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee. However, there are a few key characteristics that set it apart from other types of cake.

Firstly, most coffee cakes feature a crumbly streusel topping that adds a delightful crunch to each bite.

Additionally, they tend to be made with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, which pair perfectly with coffee’s bold, earthy flavor.

Finally, coffee cakes are often baked in a bundt or loaf pan, giving them a distinctly rustic feel.

Whether you enjoy yours in the morning with a steaming cup of joe or as an afternoon snack, there’s no denying that coffee cake is a classic treat.

What makes a coffee cake dry?

When it comes to coffee cake, few things are more disappointing than biting into a slice that’s dry and crumbly. But what causes this not-so-tasty texture? There are a few likely culprits.

First, using too much flour or not enough liquid can result in a dry cake. Similarly, overmixing the batter can cause the gluten in the flour to develop too much, resulting in a tough, dry texture.

Finally, overbaking the cake can literally suck all the moisture out of it.

The good news is that with a few tweaks to the recipe, it’s easy to avoid a dry coffee cake and instead achieve a moist and delicious treat.

How do you moisten a coffee cake?

Coffee cake is an absolute treat that one can enjoy any time of the day. However, if you find that the cake is becoming a bit dry after storing it overnight or if it has been a few days since you first made it, you might be wondering how to moisten it up.

One way to achieve this is to gently warm the cake up, either in the microwave or in the oven, and then brush or spray it with a simple syrup made of sugar and water.

Another option is to spread a layer of flavored cream cheese or butter on the slices before eating to give it a bit more moisture and flavor.

Whatever method you choose, adding moisture to your coffee cake will take it from dry and boring to moist and flavorful in no time!

Is coffee cake better warm or cold?

Coffee cake is a baked good that is typically enjoyed with a cup of coffee. One question that often arises when it comes to coffee cake is whether it tastes better warm or cold.

When it is warm, the cake can be soft and moist with a crumbly texture that melts in your mouth. On the other hand, when eaten cold, the flavors of the cake may be more distinct and noticeable. Ultimately, it depends on personal preference and how the cake was prepared.

If you prefer a warm, indulgent treat, then heating your coffee cake in the oven or microwave will give you the desired results. However, if you enjoy the balance of sweet and savory flavors, you might find that refrigerating your cake enhances its taste.

Regardless of your choice, the most important thing is to savor every bite of your coffee cake!

Should you cover coffee cake?

While some may argue that covering a coffee cake keeps it moist and fresh, others believe that leaving it uncovered allows the top of the cake to develop a deliciously crunchy texture.

Ultimately, the decision to cover your coffee cake comes down to personal preference.

If you prefer a softer, moister cake, covering it with plastic wrap or a cake dome may be the way to go. However, if you enjoy a more crispy texture on the top of your coffee cake, leaving it uncovered is the way to go.

Regardless of your preference, one thing is for sure: coffee cake pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee.

More Coffee Recipes:

Strawberry Coffee Cake

Strawberry Coffee Cake

You're going to love this simple cake recipe.


  • For the Fruit Filling:
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • For the cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter 4 tbsps
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk to make buttermilk, use a scant 1/2 cup of milk and pour in a drop of white vinegar. Let sit for 2 minutes.
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Crumb Topping:
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter


    In a small saucepan, add the water and strawberries. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, 5 minutes.
    Add in the cornstarch and sugar. Stir 2 minutes over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat.

    In a medium or large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
    Cut in the 1/4 cup butter with a fork until you have loose crumbs. Make a well in the middle and set aside.
    In a small bowl, mix together the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla.
    Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture.
    Mix until just combined. Do NOT overmix.
    Spread 3/4 of this batter in an 8x8 glass or foil baking pan. Cover with all the fruit mixture. Add the other 1/4 batter in dollops on the top.

    Crumb Topping:
    In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup flour to 1/4 cup brown sugar.
    Cut in the 2 tbsp butter until you have large crumbs, then pour over the whole cake.
    Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 246mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 2gSugar: 37gProtein: 6g

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Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Tuesday 12th of April 2022

This is such a great recipe to try out this weekend, especially while strawberries are in season. Pinned and printed it out. I just love strawberries. This post will be a feature this week. #HomeMattersPartyu

Kelli Miller

Thursday 21st of September 2023

Thank you for trying out this recipe! It's wonderful to hear that you're excited about strawberries being in season. They truly make for a delightful ingredient in many dishes. Don't forget to share your experience with the recipe and let us know how it turns out. Enjoy your weekend cooking adventure! #HomeMattersParty


Tuesday 25th of March 2014

This looks delicious Kelli!


Sunday 23rd of March 2014

Kelli, this sounds perfect for Easter brunch!

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Sunday 7th of April 2013

Since I would waste a carton of buttermilk I make my own when a recipe calls for it. For one cup of buttermilk you combine one cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes then use as buttermilk in a recipe.


Monday 8th of April 2013

Great tip, Wendy! That's why I like the powdered version because it doesn't go bad :-)

Miz Helen

Saturday 23rd of March 2013

Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen

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