Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

7 Apr 2015

Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake


So guess what you guys? I got a full time teaching position!

*Cue the Fireworks*

Right? This deserves some cake.



Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake


The only downside to this teaching job is that I will probably have no time to do...well, anything really. THIS MIGHT BE MY LAST BAKING EXPERIENCE IN TWO MONTHS!! HOW WILL I LIVE??

Okay, maybe I will squeeze in some baking early in the morning, or when I come home. You know, while grading papers and tests.


Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake


But if all the hype about the first year as a teacher is true, I will burn out hard and fast. Which is making me feel like I should save some of this cake for a rainy day..

Because when I burn out (and I really think that it's going to happen) , I will at the very least have this delicious cake to cheer me up.


Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake


I am seeing strawberries go on sale like crazy around me, and I would be crazy not to buy one, two, three... cases of them. And when eating them over the sink has lost its appeal, I will turn to making this cake.

This might be my new breakfast/snack/dessert/everything cake. Because I always need one of those in my life.

It has far less calories than a cheesecake, and yet you get the satisfying cheesecake bite on top. That my friends, sounds like perfection in its truest form.


Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake



Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
printable recipe


What you'll need:

Strawberry Filling
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons water
  • 11/2 teaspoon cornstarch
Butter Cake and Crumb Topping
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Filling
  • 1 8oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

  1. Combine the strawberries and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Keep stiring for 5-10 minutes, or until the juices of the strawberries are released. In a small bowl, mix together the water and cornstarch. Pour over the strawberry mixture, and mix until the mixture is thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and white sugar. Using a pastry cutter, two forks or a food processor (my favorite way), cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Measure 3/4 cup of this mixture and set aside. This will be your "crumb" topping.
  3. Mix in the baking soda, baking powder and salt into the flour mixture (not your "crumb mixture") until fully combined. 
  4. Create a well in the centre of your flour mixutre. Add in the yogurt, egg and vanilla in the centre of the well, and slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. 
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixture, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy, around 30 seconds. Mix in the sugar and egg until smooth.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8 inch springform pan.
  7. Press the cake batter into the prepared pan, creating a higher boarder up the sides of the pan (sort of like making a well or a nest with the batter). Pour the cream cheese mixture over the well that you have created, then spread the strawberry mixture on top. Sprinkle your "crumb mixture" on top.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow the cake to cool completely in the pan.

Adapted from Joan's Food Wanderings



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20 comments:

  1. I love adding cream cheese everywhere. So delicious coffee cake:)

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  2. Congratulations! And what a lovely cake. Yeah, you need to celebrate. What about baking during weekends? Surely you are not teaching 24/7 right?

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  3. The cake looks amazing! Congrats on ur teaching job, hope you enjoy it...

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  4. Looks like yum! I wish cream cheese would be cheaper where I live.

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  5. Yummy! I think it tastes like spring :D

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  6. Cathleen - Congratulations on getting a teaching position. It's difficult to find jobs these days. I'm a reading teacher, but I'm still looking for something that is full-time. Good luck on your journey.

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  7. Congratulations! looks great..What grade? One of my daughter's got her special ed degree.started in grade 5.. then switched to Kindergarten..she has been there ever since..She gets all anglophone children..and she teaches in French..to them..it's a full immersion program..She loves it..It's a great career..
    An important one:)

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    1. Thank you! I am teaching grades 11 and 12 Math and World issues. Should be fun!

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  8. Congrats on the new job! It'll definitely take a bunch of time, particularly at first, but once you get into it I'll bet you'll develop a routine that will make it more manageable. And give you time to bake! ;-) This looks wonderful -- thannks.

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  9. Congratulations Cathleen, that is fantastic news!
    :D Cake was deifnitely called for and I mean.... strawberry cream cheese coffee cake?! That's a handful of my favourite words right there :D
    I am sure you will make a micro-cake version of this to get your fix on pre-work though ;) Hah! All the best missy! x

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  10. Teachers are the best. Congrats and let there be plenty of cake!

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  11. Congratulations on your new teaching job!!!! This cake looks fantastic...a perfect way to celebrate :).

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  12. Oh, my...Looks divine!
    Teachers are very appreciated in my culture - good on you for new job!

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  13. Love this breakfast cake!! I say do some baking on the weekend so that you can enjoy it throughout your stressed out weeks!

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  14. mouthwatering dear,looks yummy!

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  15. Congrats on the new teaching job! As a former high school teacher myself, I can say that teaching is so incredibly rewarding...but it can definitely lead to burnout. I hear that a hobby like baking can really help avoid the burnout. Haha! Speaking of baking, this coffee cake is amazing! I absolutely love strawberries, and coffee cake may very well be one of my all-time favorites. Save me a slice! :-)

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  16. A big Congratulations, Cath!
    That is a lovely coffee cake. I love the texture and the topping! Yum!
    Cheers
    mui

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  17. Sooo happy you have a full time teaching job!!! :)

    Yummm, who doesn`t love a good coffee cake, especially one with a strawberry cheesecake take on it.

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