Strawberries n’ Cream Crumb Cake

023 Summer is by far my favorite season. I love the sun, the tan lines, the long days of playing in the water, and lots and lots of ice cream. One of the things I love the most though is all the fresh produce. Tomatoes fresh from the vine. Huge zucchini just begging to be baked into tender loaves or fried in hot oil dipped in ranch….oops daydreaming! And the fruit oh the delicious fruit!! I always have an endless supply of juicy ripe strawberries in my fridge. This weekend seemed like the perfect time to try a recipe I had bookmarked. To be baked early of course, before the house gets too hot with that summer heat!!

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Strawberries n’ Cream Crumb Cake

Ingredients

  • Crumb Topping
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
    Cake
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk*
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8-10 fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    VANILLA GLAZE
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Adjust oven rack to the lower third position. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray an 8-in or 9-in springform pan with non-stick spray. Springform pan is required. Set aside.
  • Make the crumb topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Cut the butter into the mixture with a pastry blender or mix with hands until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use. This crumb mixture must be chilled.
  • Make the cake: In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the egg and melted butter together on medium speed until combined. Add the milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until thoroughly mixed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
  • Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl until combined. With the mixer running on low, pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Pour into the prepared baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on high speed until smooth. Add remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 cup granulated sugar and beat on medium speed until combined. Spread over the crumb cake batter. Layer with sliced strawberries as shown in the photo above. Top with the crumb topping and gently press the topping into the batter.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out free of cake crumbs. I covered the cake with aluminum foil after 40 minutes to help avoid the top from browning too much. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before glazing.
  • Make the glaze: Whisk the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla together. Remove the sides of the springform pan and drizzle the glaze over the cake. The cake will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 4 days.
  • Make ahead: Bake the cake as directed and freeze without the glaze for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees to warm it up. Glaze before serving.
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    **Recipe Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction

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