Strawberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cake isn’t the only thing I have on the brain these days.

I’ve been thinking about New York City, too!

Not that I’ve ever been, but, c’mon, I have to go — you’re not a real foodie if you haven’t eaten in NYC (and Daisy has been torturing me with her posts)! That said, I can’t tell you if New York style coffee cake is actually popular in New York or not.

Out here on the west coast it’s not all that common — just because people are too healthy!

They just want oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast before they drive off in their Jetta to go do yoga in their Lululemon and grab a latte from Starbucks.

Not my thing. Cake and an opportunity to sleep in for me, please!

Coffee cake ought to be crazy popular around here, though — I mean, just look at it.

Look at this cake: a sweet, crumby, melt-in-your-mouth topping, with light and fluffy layers of tangy, vanilla-scented cake, sandwiching soft strawberry and cinnamon filling.

Beat that, dry toaster bagels and mass-produced muffins! Ha!

In other news, I just recently finished a class project that tickled my serious cake-on-the-brain itch all over again: having to make a rolled fondant-covered wedding cake.

I gotta admit, at first I was really, really, really not pleased with having to do this project — I mean, there’s no cake inside that cake!

See, I’m what my chefs have been calling a “production” person — as in, I’m more interested in what goes inside the cake/pie/tart/cookie than I am about how it looks on the outside.

But doing a wedding cake was more fun than expected, and by the end I was surprisingly into it.

Especially because not only could I do what I wanted, but also because the cake I had in my head turned out even better in reality!

Also, it gave me a lot of time to lazily daydream about recipes to replace the styrofoam rounds my class decorated with real cakey insides (for mine: blue velvet spongecake with layers of cream cheese frosting and blueberry-lemon preserves).

So, yeah.

New on the bucket list for this week: have real New York style coffee cake in New York, make a for reals wedding cake one day, and try out my blue velvet cake combination in cupcake form.

In the meantime, have some cake for breakfast.

Make it with whatever fruit you have sitting in your fridge or your freezer, call it healthy, call it a good morning.

Strawberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake

*inspired by many recipes


Crumb Topping

  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond meal, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • zest of half an orange

Coffee Cake Batter

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup (140g/5oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

Strawberry Cinnamon Filling

  • 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • zest of half an orange


Preheat the oven to 325Β°F/160Β°C. Line the bottom and sides of a 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking tin with parchment paper.

First, make the crumb topping — sift together the white sugar, almond meal, flour, cinnamon, and orange zest. Drop in the cold cubes of butter and, using your hands or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the dry ingredients until a coarse meal is formed.

Cover the crumb topping and reserve in the fridge.

Next, prepare the strawberry cinnamon filling — chop and reserve your strawberries. Whisk the strawberry jam, cinnamon, and orange zest together. Place the jam in a piping bag (or a small zip-lock baggie with a tiny corner snipped off) and set aside.

Time to make the coffee cake batter –sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the butter and cream cheese together until smooth and evenly incorporated, then add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, add the vanilla extract, and mix until smooth once more.

Gently fold in the sifted dry ingredients, taking care to not over-mix. Once the flour is almost completely incorporated, add the milk and gently stir until the batter is free of any large lumps of flour (try to break up anything bigger than a chickpea).

Scrape a little more than half of the coffee cake batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly over the bottom.

Pipe the strawberry cinnamon jam evenly over the top of the batter, taking care to not get too close to the sides of the pan. Place the chopped strawberries evenly over the jam piping.

Spread the remaining batter over top the jam and strawberries, covering as best as possible. Top the batter with the reserved crumb topping.

Bake for 55 ~ 60 minutes, or until the edges of the cake are well-browned and the top is golden and firm to the touch.

Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes before removing and serving.

Enjoy this strawberry cinnamon delight with a cup of coffee, obviously! Yum!

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22 thoughts on “Strawberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  1. Susan says:

    This is really fancy! If I could get a cake like this in a coffee shop in NYC (to the extent that they still exist … I think they’ve by and large gone the way of the dodo) I would be STOKED. The cream cheese is an interesting twist on the cake batter — I always use sour cream; I’m curious what the cream cheese does to the texture and consistency of the cake. I bet it makes it outrageously moist.

  2. Kaitlin says:

    Wow. What a beautiful coffee cake! Awesome photos too

  3. Baker Street says:

    Absolutely gorgeous C! I love coffeecakes. This one is going on my ‘to bake’ list. πŸ™‚

  4. A Tablespoon of Liz says:

    That cake is so adorable!!!! I love how it sparkles. And that coffee cake looks so good!!! I can’t get over how every single time you post your recipes always look so delicious.

  5. Your wedding cake is lovely — and original.

  6. daisy says:

    Yummy – coffee cake!!!! I don’t bake cakes because I’m intimidated by them, but you are really tempting me to bake one this weekend. Maybe I’ll start with this coffee cake and then bravely attempt some of your other cakes.

    • Christine says:

      Aw, haha! See, I never have any trouble with cake so I think it’s odd that they intimidate other people so much (and there’s a lot of people who don’t like making cake). My biggest pastry fears are pie and tart crusts — they always turn out so wrong, wrong, wrong for me! And other people are, like, “Wha’choo trippin’ for, weirdo? It’s just pie.” Harr… we all have our issues!

  7. Dishin with Daisy says:

    Oh my! This looks amazing! Can’t wait to make it.

  8. Kim says:

    That looks delicious! Tinned strawberries would be delicious for this also..

    I still can’t get used to the fact that americans call a cake ‘coffee cake’ when it doesn’t have any coffee in it!! πŸ™‚

  9. i think the wedding cake is awesome!
    i never hav had a fondant cake before–does it just taste like sugar?
    and love the looks of that strawberry cinnamon coffee cake!

    • Christine says:

      Store-bought rolled fondant has this weird, sickly sweet, chalky flavour — basically just like sugar. Weird sugar. Some people like it, some people don’t. I hear the homemade stuff tastes a lot better, especially if the stuff made with marshmallow fluff!

  10. […] Christine-She inspires me because she is going for school for the same thing, that I will be going for next year PASTRY SCHOOL!! […]

  11. kaliesthoughts says:

    You made that???? seriously?

    • Christine says:

      Aw, haha — yes, I seriously made that. It’s a couple steps, but not too complicated — just wait until you’re in pastry school, cuz you’ll learn to make stuff waaaay beyond coffee cake. πŸ™‚

  12. lulu says:

    It’s been a long time, one could say a coon’s age (but one shouldn’t, ‘cuz that’s weird), since I’ve had a NY style coffee cake! You sold me on the strawberries. Mmmmmm blueberries? Apples??? Imma gonna try this.

    PS Your wedding cake was totes cute.

  13. Jay says:

    wow…sounds scrumptiously tasty..
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  14. peasepudding says:

    The coffe cake looks great, funny I have had New York on the mind too a lot lately even though I live on the other side of the globe. I have been fortunate to go several times with work but it was 15 years ago and i lived closer then it’s such a fab city. I think I pigged out big time, no yoga or oatmeal ;0)

  15. Susie says:

    This coffee cake looks and sounds amazing. I live in Seattle where it rain’s all the time and we drink copious amounts of coffee and yet there really isn’t enough coffee cake love around. I love coffee cake and bake it often, I will have to give this a try. Oh and I am totally all for sleeping in to. I used to have a jetta lol but not anymore and I could swear I see more people wearing lululemon to lounge around in then to actually work out, and since I don’t work out I don’t have any seems a little pricy for lounge wear. πŸ™‚

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