Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberry coffee cake bursting with plump cranberries and topped with a toasted pecan and cranberry struesel. Last year I served this delicious coffee cake on Thanksgiving morning and everyone gave it rave reviews. I will definitely be serving this coffee cake again this year on Thanksgiving morning. It is so perfect with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. Despite the name, it doesn’t have coffee in it, and is not a coffee-flavoured cake, but a cake meant to be eaten while having coffee. So start that coffee pot and get ready for some seriously delicious coffee cake.

Cranberry Coffee Cake

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For the Streusel:

  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced orange zest

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat a 9 inch square baking pan with nonstick spray. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Spray again with nonstick spray.
  2. To make struesel: In a small bowl, melt butter; stir in the flour, pecans, dried cranberries, sugar and orange zest; set streusel aside.
  3. To make the cake: In a food processor, pulse fresh cranberries, 3/4 cup sugar and orange zest; set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and egg yolk; set aside.
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar. Add flour mixture and egg mixture alternately to butter mixture, beating well after each addition.
  7. Transfer half of batter to prepared pan; top with cranberry mixture and remaining batter, smoothing each layer. Use a knife to swirl batter and cranberries; top cake with streusel.
  8. Bake cake 55 to 60 minutes; cool on rack for 20 minutes before serving.

Source: Cuisine at Home, December 2009

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9 Responses to Cranberry Coffee Cake

  1. OOOHHHH, this looks to-die-for!!! I am a sucker for coffee cake!

  2. I love coffee cake and have baked pumpkin, cinnamon, cherry, and blueberry multiple times, but never cranberry!!! I will definitely have to make this for the family to eat on Thanksgiving morning. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. briarrose says:

    Looks wonderful. Perfect way to start off the day. 😉

  4. Wow, this makes me hungry!!! This recipe sounds delicious! I think I’ll make a pan this weekend 🙂

  5. ezsrecipes says:

    The cranberries in this look amazing. A wonderful breakfast for Thanksgiving morning! If we were actually having guests the morning of Thanksgiving, I would totally make this for them! Wonderful flavors for this time of year…

  6. I recently had the very best cranberry & blueberry coffee cake. SO GOOD. Yours looks identical in the pic…

  7. Alina says:

    I LOVE cranberries! And what a nice idea it is to serve this cake with coffee! ^_^

  8. Last night I made a Cranberry cobbler and discovered very quickly that cranberries are delicious.. in small quantities or mixed with a less pungent fruit 😉 I’ll have to give this one a try, I think the quantity of cranberry to cake/topping looks waaay more appropriate than the cobbler I made!

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