Delectable Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

Dear coffee cake lovers,

Are you looking to try a new, seasonal coffee cake recipe that will make your taste buds sing? Look no further! I am excited to share with you my mouth-watering Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake recipe that is sure to delight your senses.

As a barista, I know how important it is to start your day with the perfect cup of coffee and a delicious pastry. This Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake is the perfect treat to enjoy as part of your morning ritual or even as an afternoon snack. The combination of sweet strawberries, crunchy pecans, and fluffy cake makes for a delectable flavor and texture experience.

But this isn’t just any ordinary coffee cake. This recipe is made with fresh, juicy strawberries, giving it a delightful seasonal twist. The texture is perfectly moist and tender thanks to sour cream and butter in the batter. And let’s not forget about the pecans! They add a rich nutty flavor and crunch that perfectly balances out the sweetness of the strawberries.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the game, this recipe is easy to follow and can be adapted to suit any baking skill level. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to savor every bite of this indulgent Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake.

Trust me on this one – you won’t regret giving this recipe a try.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake
Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake

As a coffee lover, I know that there’s nothing quite like the perfect cup of joe to start your day off right. But sometimes, you need something a little extra to pair with your morning brew. That’s where this strawberry pecan coffee cake comes in.

This recipe is an absolute delight for the senses. With rich vanilla and butter flavors, a hint of cinnamon pecan streusel, and fresh strawberries baked into the batter, every bite is bursting with sweet and savory goodness. Plus, the pecans add a delightful crunch that pairs perfectly with your favorite cup of coffee.

What’s more, this recipe is incredibly versatile. Whether you use fresh or frozen strawberries, you can easily adapt this coffee cake to suit your tastes and preferences. It’s perfect for brunch with friends or a special weekend treat for yourself and loved ones.

So if you’re looking for a delicious and comforting coffee cake recipe that will make your taste buds sing, look no further than this strawberry pecan coffee cake. Give it a try and see for yourself why it’s sure to become a staple in your recipe collection.

Ingredient List

 Sink your teeth into our sweet and nutty Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake!
Sink your teeth into our sweet and nutty Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake!

Here is everything you will need to make this Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe:

For the cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the crumb topping:

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the strawberry pecan butter:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen whole strawberries, thawed and mashed
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Make sure to check your pantry for these ingredients before starting the recipe. If you don’t have any of them on hand, be sure to get everything at the grocery store.

The Recipe How-To

 This cake is a match made in heaven for coffee lovers and sweet tooths alike.
This cake is a match made in heaven for coffee lovers and sweet tooths alike.

Preparing the Cake Batter

First, you want to preheat your oven to 350℉ and grease a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Then, take a medium-sized mixing bowl and whisk together 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until well combined.

Next, take another mixing bowl and using an electric mixer, cream a stick of unsalted butter and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in one egg at a time while mixing until each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Once done, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Slowly add the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl containing the butter mixture alternating with 1/2 cup milk and mix until everything is well combined. Then stir in 1/2 cup sour cream followed by 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries cut into small pieces.

Creating the Pecan Streusel Topping

In a medium bowl, mix together 3/4 cup all-purpose flour and 3/4 cup brown sugar packed. Then add in one stick of melted unsalted butter and combine until you create a thick crumb topping.

Take another mixing bowl and mix together 2 cups of chopped pecans, 1/2 cup brown sugar packed, 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in one stick of unsalted melted butter until you reach the desired crumbly texture for your topping.

Assembling Your Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake

Start by pouring half of the cake batter evenly into the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle on top of this layer half of the pecan streusel mixture followed by half of the pecan mixture.

Spoon on top of this layer remaining batter followed by sprinkling on top of this layer the remaining pecan streusel mixture and pecan mixture.

Baking Your Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake

Bake your cake for about 50-55 minutes or until when inserted in the center of the baked cake comes out clean. Let it cool slightly before removing it from the pan.

Decorate Your Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake

Mix together 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar with 2 tablespoons of milk and drizzle it over the top of your cooled cake. Cut into slices and serve warm with a cup of your favorite coffee – we recommend a french-pressed Pecan Coffee to really bring out the flavors of this delicious Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 You won't regret taking that first bite of crispy pecans and ripe strawberries.
You won’t regret taking that first bite of crispy pecans and ripe strawberries.

There are many ways to make this recipe your own and to tailor it to your tastes. Here are a few substitutions and variations that you might consider.

– Instead of using fresh strawberries, you could use frozen strawberries. Just make sure to thaw them before adding them to the batter.

– If you’re not a fan of pecans, you could use walnuts or almonds instead.

– For a healthier version of this recipe, you could substitute whole wheat flour for some of the all-purpose flour.

– If you want an extra burst of flavor, you could add some other fruits into the mix. Consider adding raspberries or blueberries along with the strawberries.

– If you prefer a different type of coffee cake, you could try swapping out the strawberry pecan mixture for something else entirely. Consider making a raspberry pecan coffee cake, a sour cream coffee cake, or even a cinnamon pecan coffee cake.

Remember that these are just suggestions – feel free to get creative and try out different combinations of flavors and ingredients!

Serving and Pairing

 Our coffee cake will make your taste buds sing like a finely tuned orchestra.
Our coffee cake will make your taste buds sing like a finely tuned orchestra.

So, you’ve baked up a delicious strawberry pecan coffee cake, but how should you serve it for optimal enjoyment? Well, let me guide you through some fantastic pairing ideas that will elevate this cake to a whole new level.

First and foremost, can we all agree that coffee and cake are a match made in heaven? That’s right, enjoy your freshly brewed cup of coffee alongside your strawberry pecan coffee cake. Trust me; there is no better way to start your day or indulge in a sweet treat in the afternoon.

Next up, let’s talk about presentation. You can garnish your cake with a handful of fresh strawberries or even caramel drizzle for an extra decadent touch. Alternatively, cut it into small squares and serve it on a beautiful platter at a party or gathering.

If you want to add even more yumminess to the equation, consider a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. The combination of creamy and crunchy textures will take this treat to the next level!

Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of tea as a pairing option for your strawberry pecan coffee cake. The light and refreshing character of tea pairs perfectly with the sweetness and crunchiness of this cake.

In conclusion, there are plenty of ways to serve and pair your strawberry pecan coffee cake. Whether you go for classic coffee, add decadent toppings or pair it with tea, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. So, don’t hesitate to get creative and experiment with different serving ideas until you find what works best for you!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch, or just treating yourself to something special.
Perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch, or just treating yourself to something special.

Many recipes can be made ahead of time and stored for later consumption, and this Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake recipe is no exception. After baking, allow the cake to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. It’s important to let the cake cool down completely before storing it so that the moisture doesn’t condense inside the container and make your cake soggy.

The cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to four days. For longer-term storage, wrap the cake tightly in layers of plastic wrap and aluminum foil, or a freezer-safe bag, and store it in the freezer for up to three months.

When you’re ready to enjoy your Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake, simply remove it from storage and let it come back to room temperature prior to reheating. You can reheat individual slices by microwaving them on a microwave-safe plate for 10-15 seconds each, or you can reheat larger portions by preheating your oven to 350F (180C) and heating the cake for about 10 minutes.

I recommend adding whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top of any reheated slice of cake; it will enhance its flavor as well as make it more satisfying.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy a warm slice of heaven with a hot cup of coffee for a cozy start to your day.
Enjoy a warm slice of heaven with a hot cup of coffee for a cozy start to your day.

To make the perfect Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake, it’s essential to keep in mind certain tips and tricks that can elevate the taste and texture of this delightful treat. In this section, I’ll share some of my favorite tips that ensure you get the best possible results from this recipe.

Firstly, when adding the strawberries to the cake batter, remember to cut them into small pieces. This will ensure even distribution of the strawberries throughout the cake, making every bite a burst of fruity goodness.

Secondly, for the crumb topping, go ahead and mix in some chopped pecans. They add a pleasing nutty texture and flavor that perfectly complements the sweetness of the strawberries.

Thirdly, two ingredients that are essential in this recipe are baking soda and baking powder. It’s important to make sure they’re fresh and haven’t expired. Otherwise, they might not react as intended, causing your cake to turn out less fluffy and light.

Fourthly, when making the crumb topping, make sure to use cold butter or margarine. This will ensure you get those delicious, pea-sized crumbs that give texture to the cake. If the butter is too soft, you’ll end up with big chunks of sticky mess.

Fifthly, don’t overlook sour cream as an ingredient in this recipe. It adds a tangy complexity to the taste and helps keep your cake moist and tender.

Finally, remember that everyone’s oven can vary slightly in temperature. Be vigilant about checking your coffee cake after it has been baking for 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of it – if it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached, then it’s done! Otherwise, give it a few more minutes and check again.

By following these tips for perfect results in your Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake recipe, you’re sure to create a crowd-pleasing dessert that will impress any seasonal baker or coffee lover.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this strawberry pecan coffee cake recipe is a true gem that should be a part of any baker’s recipe collection. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also deliciously light, buttery, and filled with the delightful flavors of strawberries and nuts. The recipe has been crafted to perfection, ensuring that you get great results every time you bake it.

And if you’re new to baking, don’t worry – this recipe is beginner-friendly and won’t overwhelm you. Just follow the simple steps outlined in this article, and you’ll be serving up a delicious coffee cake in no time. Plus, with the added tips and substitutions mentioned in this article, you can customize your cake to your liking.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up some fresh strawberries and pecans today and give this recipe a go – trust me, your taste buds will thank you! And if you’re a seasoned baker, I challenge you to experiment with the recipe variations and come up with something truly unique. As seasonal bakers, let’s use our creativity and bring people together through the love of sweet treats like strawberry pecan coffee cake!

Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake

Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

I love to make coffee cakes! This recipe bursts with the strawberry flavor and is scrumptious. Topped with the crunchy pecans, it's a hit every time.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 176.4 kcal


  • 1 cup fresh strawberries or 1 cup frozen strawberries, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped


  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • If using frozen strawberries, thaw and cut into pieces. Combine with brown sugar and set aside.
  • Spray an 8” round cake pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, butter, vanilla and egg. Mix well and add to flour mixture. Stir until just moistened.
  • Spoon 2/3 of the batter into prepared pan. Spread strawberry mixture evenly over the batter. Top with remaining batter. Sprinkle pecans on top.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pan.
  • ICING: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir well and drizzle icing over cake. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 64gCalories: 176.4kcalCarbohydrates: 25.4gProtein: 2.7gFat: 7.4gSaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 32.4mgSodium: 110.6mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 14.5g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Fruit, Nuts
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