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This strawberry buckle is a moist, tender cake recipe with juicy recent strawberries and a candy crumble prime. It’s an old school dessert that’s fast and simple to make in a skillet! The surface crisps up, whereas the within stays delicate and buttery.

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A strawberry buckle slice on a plate, with the rest of the buckle in a skillet in the background.

Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Buckle Recipe

This strawberry buckle is lots like a espresso cake, baked with juicy recent berries in order that the cake falls or “buckles” below the burden of the fruit. I really like an old-timey dessert, and this one is ideal for strawberry season! Right here’s what makes it the perfect:

  • Delicate and buttery. This strawberry buckle recipe has all the benefit of a cobbler, with the delicate and buttery crumb of an ultra-moist coffee cake
  • Made in a skillet. The thick batter is studded with chopped recent strawberries and bakes up simply in a skillet. It leaves the perimeters crispy whereas maintaining the within moist and tender.
  • Straightforward to make. Combine the batter in minutes, after which bake. This buckle recipe wants one bowl, no mixer, and little or no effort. Ready for this cake to chill is the toughest half!
Ingredients for a strawberry buckle with text labels overlaying each ingredient.Ingredients for a strawberry buckle with text labels overlaying each ingredient.

Elements You’ll Want

You may make this strawberry buckle with only a few pantry substances. Beneath are some notes. Scroll to the recipe card after the publish for a printable listing with quantities.

  • Butter – Delivered to room temperature. It’s also possible to change butter with oil when you’d like.
  • Dry Elements – All-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. I exploit granulated sugar, however you may as well use gentle brown sugar.
  • Vanilla and Eggs – Just like the butter, I like to recommend letting the eggs come to room temperature. You’ll additionally need to use actual vanilla and never imitation.
  • Lemon Zest – Non-obligatory, however I really like recent lemon zest alongside the strawberry flavors on this dessert.
  • Milk – You should utilize entire milk, 2% milk, or a dairy-free different if wanted.
  • Strawberries – Washed, hulled, and coarsely chopped. I minimize every berry into quarters for bigger chunks. It’s also possible to make this cake with frozen strawberries, simply make sure you allow them to thaw absolutely and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Crumble – The crumble topping is simple to make with butter, flour, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. It’s the identical streusel topping that I exploit for my blueberry cobbler bread and crumb cake recipes.

Methods to Make a Strawberry Buckle

This strawberry buckle comes collectively very simply and it bakes up deliciously crisp and tender in my cast iron skillet, which I really like. Observe this simple step-by-step, and keep in mind to scroll to the recipe card for printable directions.

  • Combine the batter. Begin by creaming butter and sugar, and blend within the eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking powder. Stir within the lemon zest, then add the flour and milk. Lastly, fold in your strawberries.
  • Assemble. Add the cake batter to a greased 10” oven-safe skillet. In a bowl, minimize collectively the crumble substances. Sprinkle the crumble over the batter.
  • Bake. Pop the entire skillet into the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes at 350ºF till the highest is golden. Let the buckle cool, after which give it a dusting of powdered sugar earlier than serving.

What If I Don’t Have a Skillet?

In case you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, you’ll be able to nonetheless make this strawberry buckle in a springform pan, or a 9” spherical pan. You’ll simply want to extend the baking time slightly. Take a look at the cake for doneness utilizing a toothpick. If it comes out clear, your buckle is baked!

Close up view of a baked strawberry buckle in a skillet.Close up view of a baked strawberry buckle in a skillet.

Straightforward Variations

  • Change up the fruit. You may make a buckle utilizing any fruit that’s in season. Use recent or frozen blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. A peach buckle would even be scrumptious in the summertime (peach cobbler vibes, anybody?). I can’t wait to make an apple buckle within the fall!
  • Add icing. I often keep on with a easy dusting of powdered sugar on prime of the buttery crumble. However, when you’d like, drizzle over a easy candy icing just like the one I exploit for my strawberry pound cake.
  • Add some spice. As a substitute of lemon zest, heat up the flavors on this strawberry buckle recipe with a couple of pinches of floor cinnamon. 
Two strawberry buckle slices on plates, next to the rest of the buckle in a skillet.Two strawberry buckle slices on plates, next to the rest of the buckle in a skillet.

Serving Options

This strawberry buckle makes a straightforward last-minute dessert after we’re anticipating family and friends. It’s nice served with espresso or tea, or you’ll be able to take pleasure in slices with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a tasty summer time deal with. If I’ve leftover strawberries, I’ll flip them into homemade strawberry syrup to drizzle on prime!

Overhead view of strawberry buckle slices served on plates, next to the rest of the dessert in a skillet surrounded by fresh berries.Overhead view of strawberry buckle slices served on plates, next to the rest of the dessert in a skillet surrounded by fresh berries.

Methods to Retailer

  • To retailer. Retailer any leftover strawberry buckle in an hermetic container on the counter for as much as 3 days.
  • Freeze. It’s also possible to freeze this strawberry cake both entire or in slices. Wrap it tightly with a double layer of plastic wrap and maintain it frozen for as much as 2 months. You’ll must defrost the strawberry buckle at room temperature earlier than serving.

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This simple strawberry buckle is an old school dessert made with recent strawberries and a candy crumble topping. Baked in a skillet so it’s crisp outdoors and delicate and buttery inside!


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 giant eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Zest of one lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound strawberries, coarsely chopped


  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature, cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup gentle brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Non-obligatory: powdered sugar to mud on prime

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet (or 10-inch Springform pan) with butter and put aside.
  3. Within the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine butter and sugar for two minutes on medium pace. Add within the eggs, vanilla, salt, baking powder, and lemon zest. Combine for 1 minute till mixed, scraping the edges of the bowl as crucial.
  4. Flip the mixer to low and add within the flour and milk in alternating increments, starting and ending with flour, mixing till simply mixed.
  5. Stir within the strawberries and unfold into the ready pan.
  6. Place all of the topping substances right into a medium bowl. Utilizing a pastry cutter or fork combine substances collectively till they resemble coarse sand. Use your fingers to squeeze the combination into giant crumbs. Sprinkle on prime of the batter.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes till a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out clear.
  8. Mud with powdered sugar, if desired.


  • Retailer hermetic for as much as 3 days.

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