A moist, buttery, breakfast cake with an inner layer of sweet strawberry filling and a delicious crumb topping!


I love any excuse to make a delicious sweet breakfast treat, and Mother’s Day is the perfect holiday for that! My sister and I would always be in charge of making breakfast for our Mom on Mother’s Day, but now that I am a mother myself, I still like to do it 🙂 

Jeff has stepped up to the plate on many occasions and surprised me with breakfast, but since I love to cook and bake so much, I also love making things for myself! haha.  Take my birthday, for example. I LOVE making my own birthday cake! That will never fail to be FUN for me!

I usually always make The Ultimate Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, since it’s my all time favorite, and I (of course) let Jeff take care of any other surprises 🙂 .


This Strawberry Coffee Cake is seriously one of the best EVER. It comes out perfectly moist and fluffy and the flavor is to die for. The homemade strawberry filling with a buttery crumb cake is the perfect combination! If you love your mom, your wife, even your sister or daughter….you should make this cake! They’ll be happy, and you’ll be a hero.

And if you don’t just want to reserve this amazing cake for Mother’s Day, you’d be smart to find any excuse to make it. It’s just THAT good!

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Prep 15 minutes
Cook 55 minutes
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
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For the strawberry filling

  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries , diced (about 1 ⅓ cups)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon cold water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For the Crumb Topping

For the Cake


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare strawberry filling

  • In a small saucepan whisk together ¼ cup sugar and cornstarch. Stir in cold water and lemon juice. Add diced strawberries. 
  • Stir mixture over medium heat, just until it reaches a light boil. Reduce heat to low and cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Prepare crumb topping

  • In a medium size mixing bowl add ⅓ cup flour, 1 ½ Tbsp sugar and 2 ½ Tbsp butter. Cut ingredients together with a pastry blender until fluffy and well combined. Add brown sugar and stir with a fork. Set aside.

Prepare the cake

  • In a small bowl stir together 1 ¾ cup flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another mixing bowl add 7 Tbsp softened butter and 1 cup sugar.
  • Beat with electric mixer for several minutes, until mixture is pale and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. Stir in the sour cream.
  •  Add the dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk in two separate batches and mix just until combine. (Don't overmix!)

Assemble the cake

  • Evenly spread ½ of the cake batter into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Spoon strawberry mixture over batter layer and gently spread evenly. 
  • Dollop remaining cake batter by the spoonfuls over strawberry mixture and gently spread batter into an even layer. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the top of the cake.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before serving.


Adapted from Cooking Classy


Serving: 12piecesCalories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 241mgPotassium: 109mgSugar: 25gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 11.3mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1.2mg

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  1. My wife and I made this the other night when I got home from work. Couldn’t wait to try it, and can definately say that this recipe is a keeper. We have a simular apple cake that we make, which I just guessed on the recipe to copy a cake that I bought. but now i think we’re going to try using this recipe, replacing the strawberry filling with apple when we want the apple version. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is so delicious, my favorite! I made it for my husband and relatives that were in Connecticut to go fishing. They had the coffee cake before they went fishing. They all just lived it!! It tastes like it came from a high class bakery.