Wednesday, June 17

A Must Make Strawberry and Cardamon Crumb Cake Recipe

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It's peak strawberry season which means strawberry shortcake, milkshakes, ice cream, parfaits, pies, and muffins. It also means it's time for strawberry cardamom crumb cake.

This cake has a deliciously old-fashioned feel to it -- like the cake your grandma would make for dessert after Sunday supper. The crumbly, sweet topping gives way to a fluffy, moist cake laced with spicy cardamom and punctuated with juicy strawberry pieces. It's the ideal cake for visiting, Sunday brunch, or afternoon tea. So don't let strawberry season pass you by without baking this strawberry and cardamom crumb cake. After all, you don't want to disappoint Grandma.

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Strawberry and Cardamom Crumb Cake
Print recipe only here.

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup chopped pecans
4 tablespoons butter, melted

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk (OR vanilla soy milk)
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled, rinsed, patted dry, and sliced

Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter or coat with cooking spray an 8 inch square pan.

To make the crumb topping, in a small bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, cardamom and pecans, and toss until well combined. Pour melted butter evenly over mixture, and using your fingers quickly toss and pinch the mixture until little pebbly pieces form. Refrigerate while making the cake.

In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, salt, and cardamom.

In another large bowl, using an electric hand mixer cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until light. Reduce speed to low, and add the buttermilk. Beat until well blended. Add the dry ingredients; beat until just incorporated and the flour is dissolved. The batter will be thick and creamy. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the sliced strawberries.

Pour the batter into the pan and gently shake it to even it out. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the top of the cake, and press lightly with your hands.

Bake for 35 - 45 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a cake tester inserted deep into the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding onto the rack to cool at room temperature.

Unmold the cake, and place on a rack. Allow to set for 15 minutes before slicing.

Want more strawberry goodness? Check out these recipes:

Fresh Strawberry, Almond, and Coconut Muffins

Summertime Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Calzones

Skinny Berry Parfaits

And here are more goodies featuring strawberries:

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream at Apple Pies, Patis, and Pate
Strawberry Ice Cream Cake at Culinary Types
Strawberry Banana Chocolate Crumble at Kitchen Parade
Rustic Strawberry Cobbler Cake at Karina's Kitchen
Berry Tartlets at Something Sweet
Strawberry Banana Muffins at The Food Librarian

P.S. Congratulations to two Food Blogga give-away winners: Clever Karen won dinner for two at Carraba's, and Cheryl won two tasty books. And thank you to Lydia of The Perfect Pantry. I won a vegetarian cookbook on her give-away.

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Finla said...

Srawberries ar eone of my fav fruit and this cake is in my must bake list.
Looks yummy yumm.

Karen said...

I haven't used cardamom in a long time and I really love the flavor. I bet it was great with the strawberries!

Parita said...

Wonderful flavors of strawberry and cardamon, the cake is surely a must bake for me too!!

Kara said...

YUM! Definitely adding this to the list of uses for strawberries this season. The crumb topping looks to die for...

Ramona said...

Looks good. The topping almost reminds me of those strawberry shortcake ice cream bars.


♥Rosie♥ said...

You are definitely correct a must bake!! I just adore strawberries and with Cardamom running through it must taste amazing!

eatme_delicious said...

Yum what a gorgeous moist little cake! Love the crumb topping.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Even though I know I would use almonds not pecans on the topping, I know I would love this ... my grandmother would have too. She made cakes like this with nut toppings, I don't remember strawberry as part of the equation but she sure like them.

We Are Not Martha said...

I love crumb cake and I love strawberries, so something tells me I would love this cake times 2!! And it looks so pretty too :)


Susan from Food Blogga said...

happycook-It really is yummy!

karen-I was surprised at how well those flavors got along.

parita-It really is a "must bake," so I hope you do!

kara-Great! You won't be disappointed!

ramona-Oh, yeah! I hadn't thought of that, but now that you mention it, it does!

rosie-They're lovely together.

ashley-Thank you, my dear!

tanna-I have had good luck baking with strawberries, and it's a nice twist. Almonds work well too.

sues-Then it's double happiness cake!

Creative Classroom Core said...

I love the cardamom/strawberry combo! I bet it is heavenly!

Christie Stump said...

This looks amazingly good!! Can't wait to try it!

Unknown said...

This is a lucious looking crumb cake and I like the pecans added in the topping! Wish I had a piece, or 2, right now!

Snooky doodle said...

what a nice cake. I ve never paired strawberries with cardamon. Surely it s interesting. Have to try it :)

Erica from Cooking for Seven said...

Oh, all these strawberry posts from people who have strawberries are really getting to me! I won't know what to bake first when our strawberries come along. :)

Your cake looks delicious. Lovely photos.

Anonymous said...

That does look delicious. I recently made Mango Cardamom Scones that were amazing! I love cardamom- it's a very underappreciated spice!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Grandma would not be disappointed Susan:D

elly said...

This sounds so delicious! When I first saw the picture, I admit it reminded me of those strawberry shortcake good humor bars...which are my weakness, by the way. Love cardamom. I just made some fig/pecan muffins with it!

♥peachkins♥ said...

These are lovely photos! And I bet this taste wonderful..

Cheryl said...

Cardamom is hands-down my favorite spice. I put it in most of my baked goods, my morning tea, and whatever else I can think of. If they made cardamom perfume, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Your crumb cake looks lovely.

Jennifer said...

I havent had strawberries in a crumb cake like this before, just muffins! And the cardamon is such a pleasant addition!

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Gosh Susan, that cake looks so gorgeous. Well, our strawberry time is in Dec/ Jan. :(

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Isn't it a glorious season? And what a wonderful combination of strawberries and cardamom - that mix of sweet and mysterious spice sounds fantastic!

Peter M said...

Cardamom is wonderful in sweet uses and hey...lots of local strawberries in the markets I go!

sunita said...

Susan, what a delicious cake..very summery :-)

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Thanks for reminding us how well cardamom and strawberries go together. It's a wonderful combination of sweet and "warm", yet I often forget about it.

Susan @ SGCC said...

This cake looks wonderful, Susan! Although, I doubt my grandma would've ever made it. She probably never even heard of cardamom! ;) Good thing I have!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I am always so afraid of baking with strawberries - I have this feeling they have too much water and that would ruin the dough/batter. But seeing this lovely piece of cake is making me change my mind!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

What a great way to celebrate strawberry season! I'm gonna see if I get any in my CSA bos today...

annelise said...

Beautiful photos, as usual. And delicious-sounding. My Scandinavian blood says YES to cardamom in baked goods...

Patsyk said...

That cake looks so moist and perfect! My oldest would devour it!

Mallory Sanders said...

Do I measure the 1 cup of strawberries before or after slicing? I have a half-flat from a local farmer that I've been savoring and this looks like a great way to use up the last bit!

Maria said...

What a lovely cake, perfect for this time of the year!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

finsmom-Thank you!

chrisite-You'll love it!

lynda-2 definitely. Maybe 3. ;)

snooky-The flavors are beautiful together.

erica-So much strawberry inspiration!

peachkins-Thank you!

elly-Fig/pecan muffins with cardamom? Oh, now there's another recipe I NEED to get!

kate-Mango cardamom scones? Oh, I'd love those. I'll have to get the recipe. :)

val-I hope not. :)

cheryl-Cardamom perfume? :)

jennifer-You'll love the cake then.

sunita-Many thanks!

lydia-How nicely said. Thank you.

susan-More the crumb topping, ya know?

patricia-I have had good luck baking with strawberries. Give it a try!

aparna-It's worth the wait. :)

tw-It makes strawberries seems exotic, doesn't it?

peter-Happy strawberry picking!

michelle-Hope you get some!

annelise-I appreciate that. Thank you.

patsy-Hope you try it then!

mallory-After slicing. Hope you enjoy it!

maria-Glad you like it!

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Pille said...

Mmmmmm. Crumb cake!! Once I eat enough local strawberries to feel really full, I'll start baking strawberry cakes. (PS Season is still about a fortnight away here)..

Jamie said...

This is one beautiful crumb cake. I am truly a coffee cake/crumb cake girl and this one is a must do.

Mary said...

Love it!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a lovely crumb cake! I'm finding so many delicious strawberry recipes I'm afraid I'll run out of time to bake them all before the season ends.

Manggy said...

Strawberry cakes can be tricky because of their high moisture-- but it looks like you pulled it off perfectly here! Now I just wish I had a punnet so I can make this! :)

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Looks awesome. I'm loving all of the seasonal recipes I see. I still have leftover butter milk to use up. More inspiration.

Anna said...

This morning I went a bit nuts and now I'm sitting in front of two giant buckets of beautiful and fragrant strawberries. I had to rush back here to grab your recipe and it'll be the first thing I make tonight with my loot.

Soma said...

I have failed baking a strawberry cake:-( This looks really pretty. really like the use of cardamom here.

Deborah said...

I'm just starting to get strawberries from my garden and am looking for ways to use them. This sounds delicious!!

Anonymous said...

Oooh. This is making me hungry...looks and sounds delicious!

Unknown said...

What an amazing crumb topping on that cake!

Komarka said...

Thank You for the recipe! I have baked it two times already and I love it. I'm going to try it also with blueberries and rasberries this summer :)

Sophie said...

Lovely! this dessert must taste fabulous!!!


linda said...

Love the addition of cardamom together with the strawberries!