It’s berry season! For a couple weeks now the berries have been abundant and at a bargain. I always buy more than I need and put up several packages in the freezer for later. I’ve been craving a berry filled crumb cake to start my morning with that first cup of coffee. This cake turned out so good with it’s cream cheese and berry filling and topped with a streusel crumb topping. The only downside was that the topping virtually crumbled at every slice. I’m still picking up crumbs!
Crumb Cake with Berries and Cream Cheese
1 stick Unsalted Butter, softened
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
3/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3/4 cup Buttermilk
2/3 cup Fresh Blueberries
2/3 cup Fresh Raspberries
2/3 cup Fresh Blackberries
Cream Cheese Filling, recipe follows
Streusel Crumb Topping, recipe follows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter tube or angel food pan with 1 tablespoon butter.
Combine dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add about half the flour mixture and blend together well. Alternate with the buttermilk, blend together then add the remaining flour. Beat until you have a thick batter.
Spread about half the batter mixture into the bottom of the prepared tube pan. Pour the cream cheese filling onto the center of the cake batter. (You might want to hollow out a small grove with a knife to make it easier) Drop the berries over top of the cream cheese and batter. Top with the remaining batter spreading evenly over berries. Sprinkle streusel crumb topping over the top.
Bake at 60 minutes or until cake is golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.
Serves 8 – 10
Cream Cheese Filling
1 (8 ounce) package Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Sugar
Using a mixer, blend ingredients together until creamy and smooth. Refrigerate if not using immediately.
Streusel Crumb Topping
2 1/2 cups Flour
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
Combine flour, brown sugar and salt in a medium sized bowl and blend well. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter until it becomes coarse and crumbly.