This strawberry lemon coffee cake recipe is light, fluffy, and packed with sweet strawberry and tangy lemon flavor! This easy coffee cake recipe makes for the best breakfast or brunch for the spring and summer season.
This Strawberry Lemon Coffee Cake recipe is one of my all-time favorites! It has a sweet brown sugar topping and a lemon glaze drizzle that’s to die for!
I possess a handful of skills I’m mighty proud of.
You know, like my ability to make a Gilmore reference out of anything.
Or my ability to always find (and want) the one product in Target’s dollar section that actually isn’t a dollar (those $3 dollar baskets get me every time).
The best one? My ability to injure myself by doing absolutely nothing. A couple years back, I somehow managed to injure my eye. I pulled a Bob Costas at the Winter Olympics and to this day, I still don’t know what was wrong with it. Around the same time, I injured my foot… doing nothing (it was a great time in my life). Currently, it’s just a nice smattering of bruises I keep finding with absolutely no idea how they got there.
It’s a really fun skill.
(–>note the sarcasm<–)
Apart from those three winning skills, I can also take down quite a bit of this coffee cake in one sitting. My sweet tooth knows no embarrassment.
It’s light. It’s fluffy. And it’s oh-so-spring-like.
Oh, and it’s strawberry and lemon. I’m pretty sure it is impossible to go wrong with that flavor combo.
(These strawberry lemon donuts?? This strawberry lemon pie?? GUYS. It’s the flavor pairings of all flavor pairings. I’m telling ya!)
Do you remember a few years ago when Starbucks’ blended strawberry lemonades were all the rage?
(Just imagine if instagram existed then! Instead of pictures of everyone and their independent-coffee-shop-cold-brew, it’d be a bunch of tweens with braces and strawberry lemonades in Hollister sweatshirts…)
When I was in junior high, on half days it was the thing to walk to the shopping center nearby, which had a Starbucks, and get a blended strawberry lemonade.
Of course, we felt like we were 25 years old, shooting the breeze together, when in reality, we looked like the 13-year olds we were (and the shrieking and talking about our latest boy crushes–loudly–made us sound like the 13-year olds we were).
No one was fooled.
The tangy lemon and sweet strawberry flavor of this coffee cake reminds me of that drink, those days, and why spending time with great friends–then and now–is necessary.
All this Strawberry Lemon Coffee Cake needs is a good cup of coffee and a great friend or two to enjoy it with!
Now, let’s talk about the finer points of this homemade coffee cake recipe! While the ingredient list might look a little long, it really is a foolproof coffee cake recipe that comes together quickly!
Strawberry Coffee Cake with Lemon Glaze Ingredients:
- oil, eggs, & milk
- sour cream & vanilla extract
- flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, & cinnamon
- lemon zest, lemon juice & strawberries
- brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, flour
Homemade Lemon Strawberry Coffee Cake Tips & Tricks:
- The brown sugar topping on this recipe is slightly different than a traditional crumb cake topping. It almost becomes more of a brown sugar crust, which really intensifies the flavor of the brown sugar!
- This easy coffee cake recipe uses simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry!
- I do add cinnamon to this strawberry coffee cake, which adds a nice extra zing to the recipe. Of course, if you would prefer, you can omit it from the recipe.
This strawberry lemon coffee cake recipe is light, fluffy, and packed with sweet strawberry and tangy lemon flavor! This easy coffee cake recipe makes for the best breakfast or brunch recipe!
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp lemon zest (about the zest of 1 large lemon)
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 cup chopped strawberries
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9" circular cake pan or an 8x8 square baking pan.
- In a small bowl, mix together flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a separate mixing bowl, lightly mix together oil, egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and milk.
- Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, and pour wet ingredients into it. Stir gently, as to not over stir the mix. Add in sour cream, and stir until just combined.
- Fold in strawberries, and pour into your pan and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients until combined. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter in the pan. Use a rubber spatula to swirl the topping.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean.
- While the cake is cooling, make the icing by stirring together the powdered sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over the top of the coffee cake.
- Serve warm, or cool.
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Updated in 2020.
Betsy | The JavaCupcake Blog says
Strawberry Lemon is one of my favorite combos! This looks delish!
Vivian | stayaliveandcooking says
Ohh my god, strawberry AND lemon in a cake?! You’re a genius! I was confused as first by the coffee, I thought it would be inside of the cake lol. Anyway, great recipe, love the cinnamon you added!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
This coffee cake really celebrates spring! I love how the tartness and sweetness of the fruits really marry here 🙂
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
The strawberry and lemon together sound amazing! What a great coffee cake for spring weekends!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
Strawberry and lemon is such a perfect Spring combo for a cake! Gorgeous!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
I love the sweet and tangy flavor combo of this coffee cake! Can’t wait to have a bite!
Joanie @ ZagLeft says
What a beautiful coffee cake! I love the strawberry/lemon combo.
I always manage to find the $3 item at the dollar spot too! I love the flavors in this coffee cake
Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says
I love lemon anything, especially in the spring. This coffee cake looks fantastic! Perfect for spring!
Made this this morning and it is great! Worried that it would be too sweet so I halfed the crumb topping and icing drizzle. Turned out perfect! Love the cinnamon in it, definitely makes it a coffee cake!
Marie Miller says
Can I double this and if so, what size pan.
Marie Miller says
Can I double this and use a 9×13 pan?
Hi Marie! Yes, I do believe that should work fine! 😊
Did it work by doubling for a 9×13 pan?
Made this last night! It’s a good standard coffee cake, but I didn’t really notice the strawberries. They were more a colourful addition than anything.
The cinnamon was nice, but almost overpowered the lemon, I’d cut back on that if I make it again.
I followed the recipe exactly, and it ended up taking 45 minutes to bake instead of the 25 stated in the recipe. I have an oven thermometer too, and it was at 375 as recommended.
Chris G (Bella Vino B&B, Lodi CA) says
I made this for my B&B guests this past weekend and it was a huge hit. We have some of the sweetest & most flavorful strawberries in season right now here and I also substituted key limes from our backyard tree for lemons (both juice & zest). I forgot to add the sour cream, but the coffee cake was still delicious – next time I’ll remember & it will be even better. Thanks for posting this; it’s going on our go-to list!
Hi Chris! I’m so glad you and your guests enjoyed this recipe! 🙂
I made this today with frozen strawberries and cream cheese as a substitute for the sour cream. It turned out to be delicious but needed an extra 15 minutes baking time (likely a result of the frozen berries). Thanks for the recipe.
Fabulous recipe. After dinner I served a small slice with a drollup of sour cream topped with fresh strawberries, tasted wonderful. This was after I pigged out on it in the afternoon fresh from the oven! Gotta keep my spirits up during this covid-19 crisis. Baking makes me happy. Thank you for the excellent recipes.
So Good 10/10 the lemon strawberry combo is so good i had to put it in the oven for 30 minutes.