The prettiest and most delicious Cherry Strawberry Streusel Cake. A buttery, moist, light and airy cardamon infused cake with a generous layer of sweet summer cherries and strawberries, with an extra crumbly, cinnamon sugar streusel baked on top. It’s the easiest summer cake that’s perfect any time of the day…brunch, afternoon snack, or after dinner dessert. Just be sure to serve with ice cream for the perfect bite of cake.
I’ve said this before, but Friday deserves cake. Especially Fridays in July. There’s just too much summer fruit at our fingertips to not make a delicious cake. At least that’s my thinking, but you all know I love a good cake.
Surprisingly this is not a layer cake, but instead a sheet cake. And even though I adore a good layer cake, I’m pretty excited about this simpler fruit-filled cake. It’s a little bit easier, but still super pretty, and so good. This is the cake to make on a Friday…easy enough to make after work, and best to enjoy while still warm…ish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Because it’s summer, and a cake like this should always have a scoop of ice cream.
So that’s pretty much what I plan on doing today. After being away for a week, then catching up on computer work for most of yesterday, I’m 100% ready to get back into the kitchen and bake this cake. Maybe I’ll even video the steps for you all and share on Instagram stories? Sounds like a plan to me, so keep an eye out for that sometime today.
I am not exaggerating when I say I really love this cake. Usually layer cakes are more my style, but there is a time and a place for a simple sheet cake too. We all need a few good sheet cake recipes in our back pockets to use for quick “emergency” desserts.
This is that cake…all done up for summer time.
The cake batter itself is pretty basic, but then it’s not. It has all the usuals like flour, sugar, butter, milk, eggs, etc. The difference is the infusion of warming cardamon and bourbon. In my head, the thought of cardamon + bourbon sounded delicious. Especially when mixed with the sweet, ruby-red July cherries that are currently stocked at the grocery store and farmers markets. The cardamom and bourbon compliment the flavors of the cherries. They add an unexpected richness and warmth to the cake that’s so nice.
I also browned the butter. While I think this adds an incredible nutty flavor, you don’t have to do this step. If you’re short on time or just don’t feel like messing up the stove simply skip this step. I get it, sometimes the thought an extra step is just a little too much. The cake will be beyond delicious either way.
I layered the cherries on top of the batter along with strawberries for additional sweetness. The fruit sinks into the cake creating the perfect cherry-strawberry filled cake with every bite. I also just thought it was really pretty…
Once the fruit has been added, the streusel goes right over top. It’s extra buttery, cinnamony, and pretty much the best addition to your summer sheet cake experience. Trust me.
If you want the cherries and strawberries to be more visible throughout the cake, sprinkle the streusel around them instead of over top.
And then just bake. In about 45 minutes your kitchen will smell amazing and you’ll have a very pretty cherry and strawberry filled cake.
It’s moist, buttery, filled with fruit, and the streusel on top makes every bite mouthwatering. Warning you now that it’s hard to stop with just one piece, every bite makes you want another…SO GOOD.
Thinking you should probably make this up as soon as possible.
This is great for baking any day of the week, but it feels extra special on a Friday. Bake this up for dessert tonight. Or maybe just sometime this weekend…after hitting up your local farmers market for fresh cherries and strawberries. So good!
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Cherry Strawberry Streusel Cake
Calories Per Serving: 1381 kcal
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- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter, melted
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
- 1 cup sweet cherries, pitted
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 stick (8 tablespoons) salted butter, at room temperature
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cardamom, and brown sugar. Add the butter, milk, eggs, bourbon (if using), and vanilla, mix until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the cherries and strawberries over the batter, pressing the fruit gently into the batter.3. To make the crumble. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add the butter and mix with your hands until the mix is moist and a crumble forms. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the fruit. 4. Transfer to the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes or until golden on top. If you insert a skewer into the center, it should come out almost clean. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temp. If desired, dust with powdered sugar. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
How long would you say this keeps for? Planning to bake it for a Saturday event but would love to do it on a Thursday. And should it stay out or in the fridge? Thanks!
I would keep in an airtight container on the counter. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
I made this with blueberries and strawberries to celebrate July 4th. It smells SO good and is gorgeous! And I said yes to the bourbon. I mean, why not?
Yes!! I am so glad this turned out so well for you, Jen! Thank you! xTieghan
Can you use thawed,frozen cherries and srawberries instead of fresh.Wintertime where I live.
Hey Dennis! Yes, you can use frozen berries and cherries, but I would use them frozen and not thaw them. Just add 10-15 minutes onto the baking time. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan
We had cherries and strawberries, but not enough, so I threw in a handful of blackberries. This was such a great cake and adaptable. Thanks Tieghan
Yum! So glad you loved this recipe Pam! Thank you! xTieghan
Wish I could give this 6/5. Absolutely delicious, looks very professionally presented despite being wonderfully simple and quick to put together .I’m ashamed to admit how few people it actually fed as we all went back for thirds…(maybe fourths)
Wow that is so amazing to hear! Thank you for trying this Amy, I am so glad everyone loved it! xTieghan
So this was a huge disappointment for me. The cake just didn’t have a nice texture and had very little flavor. 4 cups of fruit was far too much, I had nearly a cup left over that wouldn’t fit. It did look very pretty and smelled great while baking, but no one enjoyed it and more than half was left over. Boo sad!
Hi Nancy! I am really sorry to hear that. If there are any questions I could help you with, I would love to! Thank you! xTieghan
Do you think frozen strawberries would work?
Hey Diane! I am sure frozen strawberries will be great. No need to thaw before using. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
I cannot wait to make this! It sounds so gorgeously delicious!
Thank you Bry! xTieghan
This was so yummy and so easy to make!
Thank you so much Stacia! xTieghan
This looks incredible! And yes to sheet cakes, especially those with cherries and strawberries baked on top. Yum!
Thank you so much Sapana! xTieghan
The first photo looks gorgeous,
No mention of stemming the strawberries? Is the intent to let folks (childrrdn?) nite into the slimy hot stems?
Hi Christine! I’m sorry, I am not really understanding what you said… But I am glad you like the photos! xTieghan
Delicious! I prefer sheet cakes or snack cakes any day. Making this tomorrow.
I don’t have 12 people to serve and never will, so although they are pretty, layer cakes are are negative for me.
Delicious! I prefer sheet cakes or snack cakes any day. I don’t have 12 people to feed or never will.
Thank you so much Joyce! xTieghan