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Cranberry Coffee Cake

Christmas is less than a week away. How did that happen? We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of my family. I do have a house to clean and there is always more baking to do, so hopefully the week will go by quickly. I love baking with fresh cranberries during the holiday season. I always make Fresh Cranberry Scones, but this year I also tried a new recipe-Cranberry Coffee Cake.

The fresh cranberries add a pop of color and tartness to the sweet cake. I added in a little orange zest to compliment the cranberries. Cranberry and orange always go well together. We love streusel anything at our house, so I had to add streusel to the middle and top of the cake. The streusel melts inside of the cake creating a sweet tunnel of yum! The streusel topping gives the cake a slight sweet crunch. Be prepared for streusel heaven!

If you have company coming, make this Cranberry Coffee Cake. It is good anytime of the day-for breakfast, brunch, tea time, or dessert. It is a nice festive cake to have around. Make your guests feel at home by letting them help themselves to a slice of Cranberry Coffee Cake. They may never leave:)

Thanks to everyone who has been participating in our holiday giveaways. Today is the last one! I know, sad..but today’s Kitchenaid 7-quart Mixer should cheer you up:) For details and to enter, visit this post. Good luck!

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Yield: Serves 9-12

Cook Time: 40-45 minutes

This easy Cranberry Coffee Cake is made with Greek yogurt, fresh cranberries, and has a streusel filling and topping. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, tea time, or dessert.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 1 large orange
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 cup plain Greek Yogurt (I used Chobani)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh cranberries

Streusel Filling and Topping:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 stick unsalted butter


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set dry ingredients aside.

3. In a small bowl, combine granulated sugar and orange zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar mixture until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beat until smooth. Beat in the Greek yogurt and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.

4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in the fresh cranberries.

5. To make the streusel topping and filling, place the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl and stir well with a wooden spoon. Work the butter into the mixture with your fingertips until evenly distributed.

6. Pour half of the coffee cake batter into the prepared cake pan and sprinkle with half of the streusel topping/filling. Spoon the remaining batter over the filling, spreading gently. Sprinkle with the remaining streusel.

7. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Cool to room temperature and serve.

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102 Responses to “Cranberry Coffee Cake”

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  1. Rosa — December 19, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    A splendid cofee cake!



  2. Kathryn — December 19, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    This cake looks wonderful, I love the combination of cranberry and orange and that topping just makes this cake out of this world!

  3. sweetsugarbelle — December 19, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    I’ve decided josh and Caleb (and anyone else eating at your house) are the luckiest guys alive!

  4. Julie @ Table for Two — December 19, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    this looks great! i love the combination of cranberries and orange in anything — it’s one of my favorite combinations. i could eat the streusel topping just itself haha

  5. Lisa — December 19, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    I’ve had fresh cranberries in my fridge just waiting for a wonderful recipe like this! YUM! (side note: the holiday give away link mid-post is not working)

    • Two Peas replied: — December 19th, 2011 @ 8:34 am

      I fixed the link! Thanks for letting me know!

  6. So many wonderful and delicious cranberry recipes. Gotta make some. it’s the season!

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 19, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    i have been dreaming of cranberries lately…this sounds perfect to make when my family gets in town!

  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 19, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    It looks so good. Cranberries are such a fun little berry to bake with!

  9. Tracey — December 19, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    I love fresh cranberries in holiday goodies, and I still have a ton of them in my freezer left to use. Thanks for the idea :)

  10. Blog is the New Black — December 19, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    I feel like cranberries get overlooked after Thanksgiving! These look wonderful!

  11. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 19, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    so pretty Maria!

  12. This sounds so good!

  13. Helen — December 19, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    It all make for a wonderful Christmas celebration!!!

  14. Lynette Nelson — December 19, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    This sounds and looks perfect. Ever day I drive past the Ocean Spay Factory and all you can smell is cranberries. Thanks for the idea..

  15. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 19, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    I agree – cranberry and orange always go so well together! I love cranberries in a huge way. I’m not sure why I’ve never thought to add them to a dish like this. Thanks for the wonderful recipe – as always!! I hope you don’t have too much cleaning to do before family arrives. That’s always a dreaded task.

  16. Melissa @ Baking For The Boys — December 19, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    This looks delicious. I look cranberries-they make me smile!

  17. Cassie — December 19, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    This cake is gorgeous. I love cranberry and orange together…great flavors for this season too. Thanks for sharing this!

  18. Melissa // thefauxmartha — December 19, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    Almost made cranberry coffee cake this weekend. Instead I made cranberry bread and added orange to it too. Great minds think alike!

  19. lori @ RecipeGirl — December 19, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    Looks delicious! We need a good coffee cake recipe for Christmas morning!

  20. Cookbook Queen — December 19, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    So festive–perfect for Christmas breakfast!!

  21. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 19, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    This would be such a delicious holiday breakfast. I always have cranberries on hand because when they go on sale after Thanksgiving I hoard bags of them. :)

  22. Flavia — December 19, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    This looks heavenly–I love coffee cakes particularly because of the streusel topping. And cranberries are my favorite holiday flavor. Great post!

  23. Jane Lawrence — December 19, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    Oohh, I didn’t know there was a new 7 qt. kitchen aid out. I love my kitchen aid, but when it comes to making bread it just isn’t big enough to handle the job.

    I loved your cranberry orange recipe. It has long been our tradition to have orange rolls on Christmas morning. When my oldest (now in college) was little I read a story about a little girl who went to a new orphanage where on Christmas morning there are oranges hanging on the tree. The children have described to her how wonderful oranges taste as she has never had one. It is a beautiful story of sharing and wonder and caring. Anyway, thus started the tradition of having an orange in their stocking and orange rolls for breakfast. I don’t know why I never thought to put cranberries in them. What a wonderful idea, I’ll have to try that this year. Would be so much easier in the new kitchenaid.:)

    Thanks for your great blog. I love trying out lots of your cookie recipes and several others.


  24. Kelsey — December 19, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    What a lovely recipe. I can’t wait to make this for breakfast while my husband and I open our presents on our first married Christmas morning!

  25. Deborah — December 19, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    Is this the same one you brought to the cookie swap? It was so delicious – I’m excited to try it out at home!

  26. vanillasugarblog — December 19, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    cranberries are perfect in coffee cake. Good choice!

  27. Kathy - Panini Happy — December 19, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Wow, this has Christmas morning written all over it – yum!

  28. Lauren — December 19, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    This sounds like the perfect breakfast fresh out of the oven!

  29. Michaela — December 19, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    You mentioned oats in your instructions, but you don’t have them listed as an ingredient. How much should I add? Thanks!

    • Two Peas replied: — December 19th, 2011 @ 11:40 am

      Sorry, there are no oats. I adjusted the recipe. New mom brain:)

  30. susan — December 19, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    i love anything cranberry. looks delish!

  31. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) — December 19, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Always good to have more ideas for ways to use the bags of cranberries I stash in the freezer every Fall.

  32. Delishhh — December 19, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Ohh i love to bake with fresh cranberries too just love the tartness. This looks fabulous. I can’t belive xmas is less than a week away – time just flies.

  33. Lisa [With Style and Grace] — December 19, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    what a beautiful coffee cake!

  34. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 19, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    This sounds absolutely lovely!

  35. Ann P. — December 19, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    cranberry coffee cake is the perfect breakfast food for a big-ish gathering of relatives at Christmas time! 😀 thanks for this awesome idea!

  36. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — December 19, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    Perfect for the holidays!

  37. Jen — December 19, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    This looks amazing and I’m sure it is as have been all the recipes I’ve made from this site (esp the pumpkin chocolate chip bread). I’m going to have to try this sometime over the holidays!

  38. Alison — December 19, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    My mom’s buckeyes!

  39. Alison — December 19, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    My mom’s buckeyes! I liked Kitchenaid on Facebook.

  40. Alison — December 19, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    My mom’s buckeyes! I liked your page on Facebook.

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