Strawberry Coffee Cake

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Buttery sweet coffee cake layered with juicy strawberries with a crunchy, pecan and brown sugar topping add up to a dessert I enjoyed so much – I had it again for breakfast with my coffee.

Strawberry Coffee Cake on blue and white china

The unending debate over coffee cake comes to mind every time I make one. Is coffee cake supposed to be dessert, or is it breakfast, maybe just a snack? As far as I’m concerned, it’s simply delicious and strawberry coffee cake should be eaten as frequently as possible at any possible time of day.

Coffee Cake with Strawberries

When I stumbled on this recipe for blueberry coffee cake, made with a generous layer of blueberry filling in the middle, I knew exactly what I’d be making next out of the abundance of strawberries in my kitchen.

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Strawberry Coffee Cake on blue and white china

The recipe did not disappoint. I was a little nervous when I saw just how much of the strawberry filling I’d be pouring into the cake, but it worked out perfectly. There’s just the right amount of strawberry flavor with a great balance of lightly sweetened cake and cinnamon pecan topping.

There are quite a few ingredients to this cake and a few layers. But let me assure you, the ingredients are basic, and the layers come together very easily. You will have the strawberry coffee cake in the oven in no time at all.

Strawberry Coffee Cake cooked strawberries in saucepan

Strawberry Coffee Cake

To make the strawberry filling for this cake, we’re going to make a compote very similar to the strawberry compote I shared earlier this week. The difference here is that we’ll thicken it with a small amount of cornstarch to make sure it holds up nicely between the coffee cake layers.

Combine the berries with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a medium-sized pot. Cook over medium heat until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature.

After cooking, allow the sauce to cool to room temperature. It may seem like a lot of sauce initially, but the amount made will work perfectly in the cake.

Strawberry Coffee Cake assembly

Keep in mind that coffee cakes are similar to quick breads. Avoid over-mixing the batter. If it is over-mixed, the result can be a chewy or tough cake, instead of a pillowy, moist crumb.

Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time. Whisk together the dry ingredients and add half of the dry mixture to the wet mixture.

Stir in the sour cream and then add the rest of the dry ingredients. Stop mixing as soon as the batter is combined.

Strawberry Coffee Cake with cake on top

While you can certainly bake this in a well-greased pan, I prefer to use parchment paper. Parchment will make it easy to smoothly lift the cooled cake from the pan without the berry layer sticking to the pan. There’s no need to grease the parchment.

Spread half of the cake batter into the pan. Pour the room-temperature strawberry sauce over the cake batter in the pan.

Spoon the remaining batter over the berry sauce. An offset spatula is your friend for helping spread the batter more or less evenly over the sauce. Sprinkle the brown sugar and pecan topping generously onto the cake.

Strawberry Coffee Cake with crumb topping

Strawberry Coffee Cake Recipe

To make this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

  • strawberries 
  • fresh lemon juice
  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • butter 
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • sour cream
  • almond extract
  • light brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • pecans
Strawberry Coffee Cake on parchment

Take my advice here and do not try making this in a pan smaller than 10 inches square. This cake will rise considerably as it bakes. Mine almost escaped the pan.

If you don’t have a 10-inch pan, this will work in a 9×13 pan as well, it simply won’t be quite as tall. Watch for doneness, as it is finishing in the oven. It likely will not require the full length of the baking time in the recipe.

When I pulled this cake from the oven, it was all I could do to wait for it to cool before slicing a piece. It smelled simply divine. You can certainly try slicing it before cooling it completely, but in my experience, that doesn’t always turn out well. So, do so at your own risk.

Strawberry Coffee Cake on blue and white china
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Strawberry Coffee Cake on blue and white china

Strawberry Coffee Cake

Buttery sweet coffee cake layered with juicy strawberries and topped with a crunchy, pecan and brown sugar topping adds up to a dessert that you'll want to make all summer long.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12


Filling Ingredients

  • 16 ounces fresh strawberries washed, stems removed,and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Cake Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Topping Ingredients

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


Filling Instructions

  • Combine the strawberries with ½ cup of sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a medium-sized pot. Cook over medium heat until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature.

Topping Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Mix with a fork and set aside.

Cake Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Grease a 10-inch pan with butter or line it with parchment paper. Combine the butter and 1 cup of sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each egg.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat to combine.
  • Add the sour cream and almond extract and beat again. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat once more, just until combined.
  • Spread half of the batter in the prepared pan. Spoon the strawberry sauce over the batter and spread evenly to the edges of the pan.
  • Drop the remaining batter by spoonfuls over the strawberry sauce. Spread gently with a knife to cover most of the strawberry sauce. Sprinkle the topping over the cake.
  • Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely before slicing.


Calories: 390kcal · Carbohydrates: 60g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 16g · Saturated Fat: 7g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g · Monounsaturated Fat: 5g · Trans Fat: 0.3g · Cholesterol: 59mg · Sodium: 306mg · Potassium: 156mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 41g · Vitamin A: 401IU · Vitamin C: 23mg · Calcium: 71mg · Iron: 2mg
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