Strawberry Cake Recipe – Strawberry Buckle

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As I mentioned when I shared the recipe for the Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Tart, there isn’t much fruit left around here any longer. I found some strawberries at the bottom of one freezer and I used the rest of them in a strawberry cake recipe; strawberry buckle. What’s a buckle? Well, it’s really just an old fashioned kind of coffee cake. And we all know by now how much I love a good coffee cake – especially crumb cake. And guess what? This buckle has a lovely crumb topping. The last time I made one it was a plum blackberry buckle. That’s the beauty of a buckle – you can use pretty much any fruit or combination of fruits you want to make your cake.

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Strawberry Cake Recipe – Strawberry Buckle

8 – 10 servings

For the Crumb Topping

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder (optional)
  • 6 TBS unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the Cake

  • 4 TBS unsalted butter, at room temperature plus some to butter the pan
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 4 cups chopped strawberries
  • Powdered sugar for dusting the finished cake

Make the Crumb Topping:

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla powder if using.
  • Cut the butter into pieces and add to the flour mixture. Rub into the flour with your fingers until no large pieces remain. Alternatively use a pastry blender. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Make the Cake:

  • Whisk together in a medium bowl the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached add the butter and sugar. Beat on medium until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla. Don’t worry if it looks a little curdled.
  • Add the flour in the thirds and the milk by half, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Remove the bowl from the stand and fold in the strawberries until they are well distributed in the batter.

add batter to springform pan

  • Add the batter to the prepared pan and even out with an offset spatula. Squeeze the the crumb topping mix to make crumbs and then break them up over the top of the batter in the pan leaving some larger pieces.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Check with a tester – if it comes out clean the cake is done.

cool buckle on wire rack


  • Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes and remove from the springform.
  • Cool completely before serving.

dust with powdered sugar

  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving if desired.

How Was the Strawberry Cake Recipe?

Well, it only lasted two days around here so what does that tell you? I will admit to eating more of it than the hubby but still – it was good. The cake was moist, the strawberries were there in every bite and the crumb topping was a celebration of cinnamon and vanilla.

slice of strawberry buckle

It was a wonderful breakfast cake with my coffee and a delightful dessert as well. I am now looking forward to when the raspberries come in so I can make a buckle featuring that delicious fruit.



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