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Strawberry and Grape Coffee Cake with Almond Crumb Topping.

Strawberry and Grape Coffee Cake with Almond Crumb Topping

The addition of almond meal as well as sliced almonds gives takes this coffee cake to the next sophisticated level. You can find almond meal at most well-stocked grocery stores or make your own by just grinding almonds in a food processor or blender until it becomes powder. Just don’t process too long or the almonds will turn into almond butter. I used ThomCord grapes for this recipe, as they have a jammy grape jelly flavor because of the Concord heritage but you can use whatever seedless grape you have on hand, though I recommend Red Flame or black seedless if you can find them. Green seedless grapes tend to be a little one-note sweet for this recipe.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword almond, breakfast, brunch, coffee cake, grape, strawberry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 425 kcal
Author Irvin

Ingredients

Crumb Topping

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 70 g
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 55 g
  • 2 tablespoons Turbinado sugar sometimes called Sugar in the Raw
  • 1/4 cup almond slices 35 g
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Cake Batter

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 420 g
  • 1/2 cup almond meal 50 g
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar 300 g
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 8 ounces strawberries hulled and halved (or quartered if large)
  • 1 cup sliced in half ThomCord grapes 150 g (see headnote above about grape varietal substitution)

Instructions

  1. Make the crumb topping by placing the flour, both sugars, almond slices, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Drizzle the melted butter over the ingredients and toss with a fork until clumps start to form. Place in the refrigerator to cool while you make the cake batter.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan with cooking oil, then line baking baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Make the cake batter by placing the flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir vigorously with a balloon whisk until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Place the butter, sugar, both extracts, and cinnamon in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cream the butter, sugar and other ingredients together until well blended and the butter clings to the side of the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, waiting until the first egg is incorporated before adding the second egg.
  5. Mix in 1/3 of the dry ingredients, then 1/2 of the buttermilk, waiting until the dry ingredients are absorbed before adding the buttermilk. Repeat this process until all the ingredients are added, ending on the dry ingredients.
  6. Add most of the strawberries and grapes (reserving about 1/4 cup of each fruit for the top) to the cake batter. Gently mix in by hand with a spatula or wooden spoon. Carefully spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan, then spread evenly on the bottom with a butter knife. Press the reserve fruit into the top of the cake. Then remove crumb topping from the refrigerator and sprinkle it on top of the cake, making sure to break up any really big chunks (though you want to leave some smaller chunks, it’s a crumb topping!).
  7. Bake in the oven 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.