Chocolate Strawberry Crumb Cake – Perfect Valentine’s Day Breakfast Treat

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Valentine’s Day is often about flowers and fancy dinners. Why not start the day off with a delicious breakfast treat? I don’t know about you but I am a big fan of crumb cake. I’ve made several different types but I think I’ve finally found my favorite. At least until I create a new favorite recipe! I was experimenting and came up with Chocolate Strawberry Crumb Cake and thought it would make the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast. A piece of this and a cup of coffee would be a very sweet way to start the day.

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Chocolate Strawberry Crumb Cake

Adapted from The Perfect Cake by America’s Test Kitchen

Serves 9

Crumb Topping

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  • 8 TBS unsalted butter melted, kept warm
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour

For the Cake

  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 TBS unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk or sour cream mixed with milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced (can be frozen)
  • 1.5 oz semi sweet chocolate
  • confectioner’s sugar for dusting
  • Preheat oven to 325°
  • Line an 8 x 8″ pan with foil. Grease or use cooking spray on the foil.

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Make the Crumb Topping

  • Add the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom to a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Pour in the melted butter and stir until crumbs form. Set aside

Make the Cake

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached add the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mis together on low speed until combined.
  • Continuing on low, add the butter, one piece at a time, mixing until it looks like wet sand.
  • Add the buttermilk (or sour cream/milk), vanilla, egg, egg yolk and mix on medium high for one minute until light and fluffy. Batter will be thick.

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  • Add the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly with an offset spatula.
  • Evenly sprinkle the sliced strawberries over the top of the batter.

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  • Either grate or finely chop the chocolate. Evenly cover the strawberries with the chocolate.

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  • Cover the chocolate layer with the crumb mixture, squeezing to make larger crumbs if desired.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through baking.
  • The cake is done when a tester comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan to cool completely.
  • Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

How Was the Chocolate Strawberry Crumb Cake?

DE-licious! This is my best iteration yet of crumb cake. Prior I was happiest with the Crumb Cake with Apricot Filling and Chocolate Drizzle but now I have a new favorite. The strawberries and chocolate both come through quite well flavor wise.

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The crumbs are delightful in this recipe. The different spices make for a really flavorful topping. I used berries from our garden this summer. Freezing fruit for future use is so easy and I love having home grown fruit on hand to use in the dead of winter.

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