Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake

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Sweet & Tangy Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake with Slivered Almonds. A delicious summer treat with the ripest sweetest fruit. The cake is tangy from the sour cream, sweet from the berries and crispy from the topping.One of the first cakes I ever baked was a microwave coffee cake in my junior high home economics class. I remember going home that day and telling my mom all about it and making it again at home. It was like magic, it went in as batter and came out as cake. Thinking back, that coffee cake could not possibly have been very tasty, but it remains one of my earlier baking memories.

This crumb coffee cake is a recipe from one of my favorite stores, Williams-Sonoma. When I walk through their store I feel like I am in my happy place surrounded by All-Clad and Le Creuset as far as the eye can see. One of my favorite part of their website though, is their recipes section! I’ve made (and loved!) probably 50 or so recipes from their page. This recipe is one of those winners. Tender, tangy, with a crispy crumb topping. You may remember my other NY Crumb Coffee Cake or those delicious Banana Crumb Muffins I made earlier this week. What can I say? I am a creature of habit.

I normally don’t bake cakes as often as I’ve been posting but we were having a play-date for a friend who moved back to the midwest and I needed a delicious yet not too indulgent dessert to take with me. After some brainstorming with a couple of other friends, I decided on this recipe. It was a hit! The whole tray disappeared between about 10 of us.

Bonus points for this recipe? Super easy to make.

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-inch round cheesecake (springform) pan. To make the crumb topping, in a small bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar and lemon zest. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Put in the freezer while you make the cake batter.
To make the cake stir together all the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until smooth and well blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine with a whisk until completely combined.
Pour the batter into the pan. Toss the berries with 1/4 cup of flour. Sweet & Tangy Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake with Slivered Almonds. A delicious summer treat with the ripest sweetest fruit. The cake is tangy from the sour cream, sweet from the berries and crispy from the topping.Put the coated berries on the cake in an even layer. Sweet & Tangy Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake with Slivered Almonds. A delicious summer treat with the ripest sweetest fruit. The cake is tangy from the sour cream, sweet from the berries and crispy from the topping.
Take the crumb mixture out of the freezer and dot the top of the cake with pinches of it. Sweet & Tangy Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake with Slivered Almonds. A delicious summer treat with the ripest sweetest fruit. The cake is tangy from the sour cream, sweet from the berries and crispy from the topping.
Bake until the topping is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let it cool completely in the pan on a wire cooling rack. Sweet & Tangy Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake with Slivered Almonds. A delicious summer treat with the ripest sweetest fruit. The cake is tangy from the sour cream, sweet from the berries and crispy from the topping.
Remove from pan, dust with powdered sugar. Sweet & Tangy Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake with Slivered Almonds. A delicious summer treat with the ripest sweetest fruit. The cake is tangy from the sour cream, sweet from the berries and crispy from the topping.

Sweet & Tangy Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake with Slivered Almonds. A delicious summer treat with the ripest sweetest fruit. The cake is tangy from the sour cream, sweet from the berries and crispy from the topping.

Recipe

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Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake

  • Yield: 16 servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Course: Breakfast, Brunch &amp
  • Cuisine: American
Sweet & Tangy Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake with Slivered Almonds. A delicious summer treat with the ripest sweetest fruit. The cake is tangy from the sour cream, sweet from the berries and crispy from the topping

Ingredients

  • For the crumb topping:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter , melted and cooled until just barely warm
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • For the cake:
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp . baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp . salt
  • 4 eggs and one yolk
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp . vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups mixed fresh blueberries , strawberries and blackberries

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

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  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-inch round cheesecake (springform) pan.
  2. To make the crumb topping, in a small bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar and lemon zest.
  3. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. Put in the freezer while you make the cake batter.
  5. To make the cake stir together all the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. In medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until smooth and well blended.
  7. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine with a whisk until completely combined.
  8. Pour the batter into the pan. Toss the berries with 1/4 cup of flour. Put the coated berries on the cake in an even layer.
  9. Take the crumb mixture out of the freezer and dot the top of the cake with pinches of it.
  10. Bake until the topping is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 55 minutes
  11. Let it cool completely in the pan on a wire cooling rack.
  12. Remove from pan, dust with powdered sugar.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Williams Sonoma

Nutrition Information

Yield: 16 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Dinner then Dessert TIPS Don’t want to make this into a Triple Berry Cake? Substitute your favorite fruit! I’ve made it with a single berry, with peach and blueberry, with banana and mango, with red and green grapes and even with pear and fig. All delicious!Sweet & Tangy Triple Berry Sour Cream Crumb Cake with Slivered Almonds. A delicious summer treat with the ripest sweetest fruit. The cake is tangy from the sour cream, sweet from the berries and crispy from the topping.

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  1. This cake looks amazing. I love how you put the berries on top of the batter and cover them with the crumb topping. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. I think you should have written Dessert, then Dessert. Because I’m definitely having more than one piece of this when I make it!

  3. Anything with sour cream in it is a winner for me! It gives things a lovely, barely there tang, and it makes for a moist cake.

  4. I was just ooohing and aaaahing over your pics when my son came over and demanded that I make this. I cant wait to try your recipe! I know it is going to be a hit.

    1. Me too, I am a total sucker for crumb cake. I love this one but the NY Crumb Cake is always going to be my favorite because the crumb to cake ratio is so high! haha.

  5. I always add sour cream to the boxed cakes I make, so I know all too well what a difference it can make. Anything with fresh berries is great for our summer cookouts.

    1. Oooh I never thought of that! I have to be honest though, my favorite box mix recipe is for ice cream. I’m working on it right now. Cake Batter Ice Cream with Sprinkles 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness, yes! THis sounds just amazing. Like it is super-moist, yet has that crunch. Delicious… Thanks so much for sharing…

  7. Oh that looks delicious. We just picked strawberries this week and now I have an idea what to make with some of them!

    1. Haha, you have it right! I should ask mine too, though I think he would laugh at me! He is not great in the kitchen 🙂

  8. This looks so delicious. I will have to try making this on the weekend to serve at my BBQ. I am sure it will be a big hit.

  9. Easy cakes are the best, especially when they are loaded with berries like this one. Gosh, I love everything about this cake. So pretty, too! Now I’m off to look at my Williams-Sonoma cookbooks for inspiration. 🙂

  10. haha one of my first cooking memories is making meatballs in the microwave for my neighbors. I don’t even think I used any kind of seasoning besides salt and pepper and just stuck them in there and cooked it. They couldn’t have been good but the neighbors said they were 😉 This cake looks fabulous by the way, love any way to use summer berries!

    1. Haha you’re telling me! My mom made this one baked egg dish for dinners that still makes me feel sick to this day when I think about it.

  11. Sabrina this cake is beautiful and so perfect for summer! I’m intrigued about your microwave cake from school! I’ve never made a cake in the microwave and typically they aren’t great for baking. Sounds like yours was a winner.

    1. It was an interesting coffee cake. I remember chopping the nuts and mixing with the brown sugar and cinnamon before swirling it into the cake. There is definitely a memory of the rubbery texture though! haha.

  12. Crumb cakes are one of my favorite treats. I’m also a big fan of pie with crumbly tops. So many yums!

  13. This is the best looking crumb cake I have seen. I am also a fan of your NY Crumb cake. You make desserts look so delicious.

  14. Hello, Hubby doesn’t want the fruit baked in with the cake. He’d like a sauce like topping to go over the cake with vanilla ice cream. What do I mix the fruit with to make it a sauce like topping using blackberries, blueberries, & raspberries?

    1. You can do it two ways….
      Cooked: Add the berries to a pan with about a cup of water and sugar to taste (maybe a 1/4 cup for a 1/2 pound of berries?) Cook on low until the berries break down. Add more water if it gets too thick before you have the berries fully cooked. Strain or not depending on your tastes.
      Uncooked: Berries in a blender, a hint of orange juice (or water) with it, maybe a couple of tablespoons? Sugar to taste (powdered sugar is good here too to prevent the grainy texture sugar may leave behind).

  15. This cake looked amazing! After reading the recipe, I just had to try it. Total disappointment in the he end product. Flavor was still good but the time was way off. I added 20 minutes to the bake time, 75 minutes total, the middle was still wiggly, after checking multiple places the cake tester was coming out clean so I took it out, cooked it, removed the ring and sliced in! The entire center was completely uncooked. I replaced the ring renamed for 20 more minutes thought it had to be done. Nope, finally dug the center out, filled a loaf pan with the batter, berries and topping g all messed up and am renaming that! Hopefully I’ll end up with something cooked. Flavor is great, but watch the time!

    1. Wow, this is a recipe we keep in rotation around here. Can I start by asking exactly what kind of pan you were using? And what size? Third, can I ask what temperature you are cooking at and if you’re 100% sure your oven temperature is calibrated correctly? Worst case scenaria, I guess a bundt pan might work best if you’re having cook through issues, but my immediate idea is perhaps the oven is just not hot enough or perhaps the pan is narrower and taller making it harder to cook through in the allotted time? If you want to troubleshoot, please feel free to email me at contact @ dinnerthendessert.com 🙂