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Strawberry Crumb Coffee Cake

Emeril Lagasse's Mother's Day Treat

GMA Recipes Dessert
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

Mom deserves the best and that is why Emeril Lagasse is baking up just the right treat for this Mother's Day.


  • 1 Teaspoon plus 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Steen's 100 percent Pure Cane Syrup (or other cane syrup)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 10 by 2- inch round cake pan with 1 teaspoon of the butter.

    In a medium-size nonreactive saucepan, combine the strawberries, 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, and the lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook at a boil for 3 minutes. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water. Add to the strawberry mixture and cook, stirring, until it thickens, about for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.

    In a large mixing bowl, cream 1/4 cup of the butter with the remaining 1 cup granulated sugar with an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Into a medium mixing bowl, sift 3 1/2 cups of the flour, the baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and the salt. Add the flour mixture, buttermilk, and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat with an electric mixer until everything is incorporated.

    In another medium-size mixing bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup butter, the remaining 1/2 cup flour, the brown sugar, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Using your hands, combine the mixture until it resembles fine crumbs.

    Spread half of the batter in the prepared pan. Spread the strawberry mixture over the batter. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the remaining batter over the mixture, about 1-inch apart. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the surface. Put the cake pan on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown about 40-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the confectioner's sugar, cane syrup, and milk until smooth. Drizzle the frosting over the top of the coffee cake. Cut into slices and serve.

    Emeril Lagasse © 1999 from the book Every Day's a Party by William Morrow && Company.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: strawberries, brown sugar, cane syrup

    Course: Dessert

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