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Best Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake

Nothing says “summer” like ripe red fresh strawberries, and this strawberry shortcake crumb cake is perfect for any special occasion! A deliciously moist white cake, layered with strawberry filling and a crumb topping is the perfect dessert for strawberry season!

strawberry crumb cake with whipped cream on top.

I love to use seasonal fruit when it is in its peak season, and summertime is strawberry time, whether you find them at your local grocery store or grow them in your garden!

This cake is made with simple ingredients, and it’s one of my family’s favorite dessert recipes.

It is especially delicious when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

This strawberry shortcake crumble recipe is always a festive hit at picnics, potlucks, summer birthday celebrations, and July 4th parties!

If you love strawberry dessert recipes, I also have an easy strawberry crumble and my yummy homemade strawberry sponge cake.

strawberry crumb cake with whipped cream on top.

What is Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake

Strawberry shortcake is a strawberry crumb cake made with a white cake batter, flavorful strawberry filling, and sweet crumble topping.

With a little bit of effort, you will have a scrumptious cake that is sure to please anyone’s palette!

The sweet strawberry flavor complements the sweet, yet tart, filling, and textured crumble on top.

Strawberry crumb cake in a le creuset dish.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Your family or guests will feel special knowing that you spent time making this mouthwatering recipe for them!
  • It is deliciously refreshing and visually appealing!
  • It’s seasonal, and people love to eat foods that are fresh and in season!
  • This recipe is always a crowd pleaser, and the perfect way to top off a summer evening meal!
Delicious fruit crumb cake.

Tell Me About This Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake

  • Taste– This cake tastes like summer! Sweet and tart strawberry filling, sweet buttery strawberry shortcake crumbs, layered on top of the cake are delectable!
  • Texture– Coarse crumbs, crunchy strawberries, and moist cake all combine to create the perfect summer treat!
  • Ease– This recipe takes a little time to make, but it is not difficult!
  • Time– It will take you around 30 minutes to prep the recipe, and 45-60 minutes to bake it.
Ingredients for crumb cake.

Ingredients for Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake

Cake

  • All Purpose Flour– Flour is the basis of the recipe, and provides shape, substance, and structure to the cake.
  • Granulated Sugar– This ingredient provides sweetness to the recipe.
  • Baking Powder– This acts as a leavening agent, but also provides airiness to the recipe.
  • Salt– Salt adds flavor and brings out the flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Unsalted Butter– You want to use unsalted butter since the recipe has added salt. It adds richness to the flavor of the cake as well.
  • Vanilla Extract– Vanilla adds a sweet flavor and smell to cake recipes.
  • Buttermilk– This ingredients gives the cake a rich and moist flavor.
  • Whole Milk– Milk provides the liquid base to the batter.
  • Egg– Eggs provide hydration, bind the ingredients together, and aide in rising the cake during baking.
  • Avocado Oil– Oil is one of the wet ingredients used to give cake a moist texture.
Crumb topping for a strawberry cake.

Crumb Topping

  • Melted Butter- Butter adds creaminess and helps hold the other topping ingredients together to make the crumble.
  • All Purpose Flour– The flour adds substance to the topping.
  • Granulated Sugar– Sugar adds the sweetness for an extra yummy flavor.
  • Brown Sugar– Brown sugar adds a mild sweetness as well.
strawberry filling for crumb cake.

Strawberry Filling

  • Diced Fresh Strawberries– Strawberries are the main ingredient that makes this cake so special.
  • All Purpose Flour– The flour adds thickness to the filling.
  • Granulated Sugar– Again, sugar makes everything taste better!
  • Lemon juice– For a wonderful tart and zing, you will add the lemon!
strawberry crumb cake with whipped cream on top.

Make Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Make the cake– While the oven preheats, mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then add the wet ingredients and mix with your stand mixer. In a small bowl, mix the egg and oil together and then add to the batter. Pour your batter into a pan lined with parchment paper.
  2. Make strawberry mixture– Make the strawberry mixture and spread evenly over the top of your batter.
  3. Make crumble topping– Make the crumble topping and evenly distribute it over the top of the dessert.
  4. Bake– Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-60 minutes until the cake is done. Cool it on a wire rack until it is completely cool. Enjoy your delicious cake!

Tips for Making Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake

  • Add parchment paper to the bottom of your pan to keep the cake from sticking.
  • Use room temperature ingredients so they cream easily and give your cake a perfect texture.
  • Do not over-bake so that the cake does not become dry.
  • When baking, it’s always important to measure your ingredients carefully and follow the directions.
  • Try not to open the oven too much during the baking process.
strawberry crumb cake with whipped cream on top.

Add-Ins for Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake Toppings

  • Whipped Cream– You can use store-bought or make your own with heavy cream.
  • Cool Whip– Some people like the taste of Cool Whip more than whipped cream.
  • Strawberry Ice Cream– Instead of vanilla ice cream, try strawberry!
  • Golden Oreo Cookies– You can crush vanilla Oreo cookies with a rolling pin and add them to the crumb topping for extra sweetness and crunch.
  • Powdered Sugar– If you like the extra sweetness and the look of powdered sugar sprinkled on top, go for it!

How to Store Leftover Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake

Leftover cake can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container, or covered in plastic wrap for 2 or 3 days.

It can also be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 or 4 days, but just be sure to let it get back to room temperature before eating because it hardens in the refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can strawberry shortcake crumb cake be stored in the freezer?

Yes, it can be stored in the freezer for 2-3 weeks if stored in an airtight container.

How do I know when the cake is done?

You can stick a toothpick in the center of the cake, and when you pull it out, the toothpick should come out clean.

Best Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake Recipe

strawberry crumb cake with whipped cream on top.

Best Strawberry Shortcake Crumb Cake

Liz Quick
Nothing says "summer" like ripe red fresh strawberries, and this strawberry shortcake crumb cake is perfect for any special occasion! A deliciously moist white cake, layered with strawberry filling and a crumb topping is the perfect dessert for strawberry season!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
0 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 servings
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 8" square pan
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 electric mixer or stand mixer
  • 1 spatula
  • parchment paper
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 medium bowl

Ingredients
  

  • cups all purpose flour
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup buttermilk room temperature
  • ¼ cup whole milk room temperature
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

Crum Topping

  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Strawberry Filling

  • 3 cups strawberries diced, fresh
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch square cake pan and line with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix for 20 seconds on low.
  • Next, add the butter, vanilla, milk, and buttermilk. Mix on medium speed until the ingredients are just combined. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to ensure that all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • In a small bowl, mix the egg and oil together with a whisk. With your mixer on low speed, slowly add the egg and oil mixture to the batter. Mix for 15 seconds and then stop.
  • Pour your batter into your prepared cake pan.
  • Spread your strawberry mixture evenly over the top of your batter.
  • Add your crumble to the top of the cake and strawberries, making sure that it is evenly distributed over the desert.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the cake is done. If you are unsure, if your cake is fully cooked, insert a clean toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's done. Set your cake on a wire cooling rack and allow it to completely cool.

Crumble

  • For the crumb topping, mix together the butter, flour, sugar, and brown sugar in a medium bowl with a fork.

Strawberries

  • Combine the chopped strawberries, flour, sugar, and lemon juice into a medium bowl and mix until the strawberries are coated with the other ingredients.

Notes

  • Add parchment paper to the bottom of your pan to keep the cake from sticking.
  • Use room temperature ingredients so they cream easily and give your cake a perfect texture.
  • Do not over-bake so that the cake does not become dry.
  • When baking, it’s always important to measure your ingredients carefully and follow the directions.
  • Try not to open the oven too much during the baking process.
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time and I can confirm it is delicious and will become a favorite with family and friends. Definitely make this

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