Simple strawberry breakfast cake is the perfect alternative for those of us who want to eat cake for breakfast but don’t want to start the day with sugar overload (or maybe you want to but know you shouldn’t!).
To me a breakfast cake is the dinner time equivalent of a one-skillet meal. You mix up your ingredients, put it all in one pan, let it cook and you’re done.
Those are the best types of meals when you have a busy day, or just don’t have the energy but still want to put a homemade meal on the table.
The issue I’ve run across in search of a perfect breakfast cake though, is that a lot of them are intended to be more of a dessert.
The loads of sugar and butter they are made with of course sound absolutely delicious, but I’d prefer to begin my family’s day with something that will give us a good start but doesn’t have us wanting to take a nap from a blood sugar crash a couple of hours later.
This simple strawberry breakfast cake is the perfect compromise between a buttery, sugary cake that’s a splurge and a hearty, filling cake that you can feel good about serving your family.
I also love this cake because it’s very adaptable. Don’t have any or your family doesn’t like oats? Just replace it with flour (see recipe notes below).
Want to make it as healthy as can be? Use whole wheat flour. Want something that’s a little more indulgent? Use all-purpose flour.
And the most adaptable part of all? Similar to these easy baked donuts, you can easily change-up the flavor of this cake.
Change your add-in from strawberries to blueberries or peaches. You can also use flavored yogurt instead of plain to really up the flavor.
If you really want to get crazy, mix a flavored yogurt with a different fruit. Although I haven’t tried it, using a blueberry flavored yogurt with diced strawberries sounds like a delicious mixed berry combination.
One word of warning: the quantity of ingredients called for in this recipe is usually plenty for my family of 5 and just one of these has been enough for us in the past. But on the morning I took this cake outside to take pictures for this post, one of my (non-observant!) kids woke up, came into the kitchen, and when they saw nothing in sight, proceeded to pour a bowl of cereal.
Apparently the mixing bowls and kitchen utensils scattered about the counter, cooling rack on the stove and the smell of fresh-baked goods were not enough clues to tip someone off that breakfast had been made and was somewhere nearby.
Well it turned out to be a good thing because between the remaining 4 of us who had not eaten breakfast, the entire cake was devoured.
I think going forward when I make simple strawberry breakfast cake, I will plan to make two. Besides, a leftover slice with a cup of coffee later in the evening is a perfect way to wind down the day.
Simple Strawberry Breakfast Cake
- 1 c. flour (I used white whole wheat)
- 3/4 c. quick oats
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/4 t. salt
- 3/4 c. yogurt (plain or flavored)
- 1/4 c. oil
- 1 egg
- 1 t. vanilla
- 3/4 c. strawberries, diced small
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9-inch glass pie pan.
In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Toss the diced strawberries in with the flour mixture (make sure the strawberries are thoroughly dried).
In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold with a spatula just until combined.
Pour the batter into the pie pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
This simple strawberry breakfast cake is not too sweet. If your family prefers things on the sweeter side try using a flavored yogurt such as vanilla or strawberry (if you use vanilla, I would omit the vanilla extract) or you can increase the sugar by 1/4 cup.
If your family does not prefer the texture of oats, you can either grind them in the food processor or simply omit and replace with 1/2 c. of flour.
Recipe source: Slightly adapted from Family Food on the Table