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Strawberry Crumb Cake

This Strawberry Crumb Cake is tender, tasty, and ridiculously flavorful. It’s a beautifully simple dessert that’s perfect for both breakfast and dessert.

A slice of strawberry crumb cake on a plate with fresh strawberries around it.
Have a slice of this Strawberry Crumb Cake with coffee in the morning, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the evening.

Why This Recipe Stands Out

This strawberry crumb cake works wonders – here’s why:

  • Easy, Affordable Ingredients: This recipe uses simple, easy-to-find ingredients, just like our Blueberry Coffee Cake.
  • Impressive, with Minimal Effort: It features a tender cake layer on the bottom, with a no-fuss, thin cheesecake-flavored custard layer, and an easy fresh strawberry sauce on top.
  • Amazing Strawberry Sauce: The fresh strawberry sauce can be used for everything from berry ice cream to New York cheesecake to Belgian waffles.
  • No Frosting Needed: This cake is so packed with flavor that it doesn’t need frosting, saving you time and effort.
  • Make-Ahead: As with most of our easy cake recipes, you can bake this up the night before and keep it covered at room temperature. It’s ideal for make-ahead brunch situations or dessert after a busy day.

Key Recipe Ingredients

Fresh strawberries in a colander.
  • Fresh, Ripe Strawberries – The star of our recipe! The riper, the better your sauce will be. If needed, you can use frozen strawberries, but you may need a bit more sugar to offset the extra water content. Frozen berries also tend to be more tart.
  • Cornstarch – This ingredient thickens the strawberry sauce, giving it a jam-like consistency that’s perfect for spreading over the cake.
  • Regular Cream Cheese – Adds a creamy, tangy flavor to the custard layer and compliments the sweetness of the strawberries beautifully.
  • Cold Salt Butter – The key to a crumbly, buttery topping that’s simply irresistible.
  • Sour Cream – It’s the secret to a moist, tender cake.
  • Stabilized Whipped Cream This is an optional topping that’s light, fluffy, and won’t melt or become runny!

Substitutions And Variations

Take a look at some of our favorite substitution and variation ideas:

  • Toppings: For a different topping, try our homemade cream cheese frosting or a scoop of your favorite ice cream as we use in our Peach Crisp recipe. Add slices of fresh strawberries or sprinkle on some roasted sliced almonds.
  • Vary the Berries: Try raspberries or blueberries either as a substitution or in conjunction with the strawberries.
  • Gluten-Free Option: For those with gluten sensitivities, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend.

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

  1. For the strawberry sauce, mix the cornstarch, sugar, and strawberries in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer until thickened, stirring frequently.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Then, beat in the egg and set aside.
  1. Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until lumps remain. Set aside 3/4 cup of this mixture for the topping.
  2. To the remaining mixture, add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream, and vanilla.
  3. Fold the sour cream mixture into the flour mixture. Spread this cake batter evenly into the bottom of a greased springform pan.
  4. Spread the custard layer over the crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge of the pan. Spoon the strawberry sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle the reserved 3/4 cup of crumb mixture on top.
  5. Place the springform pan on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Cool completely before removing the sides of the pan.

For full list of ingredients and instructions, see recipe card below.

How To Prep Ahead

Take a look at our favorite prep-ahead strategies for this recipe:

  • Make the Sauce in Advance: Prepare the strawberry sauce 1-2 days ahead of time. Store it airtight in the fridge. When you’re ready to use it, just reheat it slightly.
  • Bake The Day Before: Like most of our simple cake recipes, this cake can be baked the night before. Cover and store at room temperature until the next day.
  • Freeze Leftovers: If you have any leftovers, you can also freeze them. Wrap the cake slices tightly and freeze for up to 2 weeks. This is a great way to enjoy a slice of this delicious cake whenever you want.
A freshly baked strawberry crumb cake garnished with sliced strawberries on top.
This Strawberry Crumb Cake is both pretty and delicious, just as it is, straight out of the oven.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use frozen strawberries for the strawberry sauce?

Yes, you can use frozen strawberries if fresh ones are not available. However, make sure to thaw them and drain any excess liquid before using them in the sauce.

Why do we need to use a springform pan for this cake?

A springform pan is used for this cake because it allows you to easily remove the cake from the pan without having to flip it over. This is important to keep the layers of the cake together.

How long does Strawberry Crumb Cake keep?

This cake can be kept at room temperature, covered, for up to 2 days. If refrigerated, it can keep for up to a week.

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Strawberry Crumb Cake

5 from 51 ratings
This Fresh Strawberry Crumb Cake is perfect for both breakfast and dessert. Have it with coffee in the morning, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the evening.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Amy Dong


For Strawberry Sauce

For Custard Layer

For Cake:


For the Strawberry Sauce

  • In a saucepan, add dissolved cornstarch, sugar, and strawberries. Stir to combine well and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Immediately reduce to a simmer; stir frequently and simmer uncovered 6-8 minutes or just until thickened to a jam-like consistency.

For the Custard

  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until smooth. Beat in egg until mixture is smooth. Set aside.

For the Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°with rack on lower middle position. Grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter with pastry cutter or mix with clean hands until only pea-sized lumps remain; mixture will be dry and crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup for topping at the end.
    To the rest of the flour mixture, mix in baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, gently whisk together the egg, sour cream and vanilla until combined; fold/stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture – it will still be lumpy, which is ok.
  • Spread cake batter evenly into bottom of greased springform pan. Spread custard layer next, leaving a 1/2-inch border around edge of pan. Spoon strawberry sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle with reserved 3/4 cup of crumb mixture on top.
  • Place springform pan on a large baking sheet. Bake 50-60 minutes or until edges are golden and cake is puffed up.
    Cool completely before loosening sides of cake from pan – use a thin, sharp knife. Remove springform sides and place cake on desired platter. Serve at room temp or chilled.


  • Remember that your butter for the crumb topping should be cold. This is what gives the topping its crumbly texture.
  • If you’re using frozen strawberries, use them frozen or thaw/drain them. No need to slice frozen berries. 
  • Don’t over-mix your cake batter; this can lead to a dense cake. Just mix until the ingredients are combined for a light, fluffy cake.
  • Feel free to add freshly sliced strawberries on top of finished cake for garnish. Top with Stabilized Whipped Cream for a light whipped topping that won’t become runny as it sits! 
  • This cake can be made ahead of time, covered airtight, and chilled until ready to serve.
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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.7g | Protein: 7.1g | Fat: 21.5g | Saturated Fat: 12.8g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 92.6mg | Sodium: 297.1mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 22.1g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: baking

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Recipe Rating


    • Sedona Anderson
    • 5 stars

    Sooo good for fresh strawberries! I added lemon zest and fresh lemon juice to the cream cheese custard, and also had to thin out the cake batter a bit with oat milk. The cake is a bit dense under the custard, but AMAZING all around!

      • Amy Dong

      SO glad you loved this, Sedona 🙂 🙂

    • Jodie

    Is the cake on the bottom supposed to be dense or light and fluffy? My cake came out dense, not what I was expecting.

      • Amy Dong

      It should be moist yet light; not super dense.

    • Lunagal60
    • 5 stars

    I tried this recipe with strawberries a few weeks ago and it was delicious although I did reduce the amount of sugar. I had some peaches to use up and have since tried it replacing the strawberries with peaches and it was equally as good. A big hit!

      • chewoutloud

      Yum for the peaches and strawberries! 🙂

    • Sam

    Oh this crumb cake looks delicious! Look at that sauce, yum! I am so happy it’s finally strawberry season. Can’t wait to try this one soon.

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