Cranberry Coffee Cake

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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

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.
4.75 from 4 votes

Ingredients

For the coffee cake:

  • 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
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

For the streusel:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

Instructions

  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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Maria

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    Jane

  4. 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!

  5. This cake looks so good, and with some healthy ingredients in there, it takes away the guilt of indulging. Thanks for providing great recipes.

  6. Your coffee cake looks so good. I too like using fresh cranberries this time of the year not just for the taste but it’s so festive looking.

    What a fantastic giveaway you have. I’d love to enter but with over 4,000 comments already I’m quite certain I don’t have a prayer.

    Good luck with getting all your dishes made before company comes. You’re brave to do all this especially with a new baby – which I’m sure everyone is anxiously waiting to see.

    Happy Holidays!

  7. Just found your site through browneyedbaker. Love the brownie bites. I have to add some things to my shopping list now!

  8. I am so so glad you posted this!!! I had some extra cranberries and needed a recipe to use them! The coffee cake turned out amazing…I’m glad I’m sending it with my husband to take to the AF Base for his guys. I would probably eat it all myself:)

  9. I made this a couple of days ago for my mom to take to work, and it was a HUGE hit!! The recipe was so easy to follow, and I will definitely make it again! 🙂 Thank you!

  10. Just made the cranberry coffee cake, and substituted splenda for the white and brown sugar. It is fantastic! Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe.

  11. My son said he was bored of my fresh cranberries recipes, although they are good, he wanted something different. Thanks to Google I landed on your site. I followed the Cranberry Coffee Cake recipe to the letter and YUMMMMMMM! Now it is a staple cranberry recipe in our house and your site just shot up into the top 10 list! After looking at your recipe list I suspect my son will not be bored for a long time. Thank you Two Peas & Your Pod!

    -One Pea and Her Pod

  12. I made this cranberry cake over the weekend, and just wanted you to know how much we all love it! The Greek yogurt is genius – makes this so moist and flavorful. I used 2 cups of frozen cranberries whirled in the food processor, and it was perfect!

  13. Made this last week for dessert and it was delicious! The orange zest was definitely a nice touch:) Love reading your blog, Maria, and Caleb is too cute!!

  14. This is my new coffeecake recipe! Delicious right out of the oven, and the next day for breakfast! I have a Christmas gathering this weekend, and this is the baked goodie I will be bringing. Will also be my new addition to my traditional Christmas breakfast. So glad I found your site! Thank you, and I look forward to trying your other recipes!

  15. I tried this recipe and loved it! I had one replacement though, I didn’t have and greek yogurt but I did have sour cream on hand and it turned out wonderfully!! I will certainly be making this again.

  16. I don’t normally use a recipe with no ratings on it. This time I did. I was very impressed with this recipe. The coffee cake was very moist. Loved the fragrance of the orange zest. Thank you very much for posting this recipe.

  17. Just awesome coffee cake, my tweak was an unsweetened applesauce for 1 of the eggs…also I had some leftover homemade cranberry sauce which I added in with some fresh cranberries. The orange zest is such an awesome flavor with cranberries. I feel like pro with this taste.

  18. I just made this, loving the idea but I’m worried. It’s in the oven but when it said pour half of the batter there was no pouring to it I had to spread it out with some kind of thick. So I finished it up and hopefully it will turn out fine it’s still got 20 minutes to go.

  19. I’m worried!!!! It’s in the oven but I had to spread the 1st half not (pour) it. We’ll see, 20 minutes to go.


  20. I confess I changed it a tin bit: Didn’t have an orange so I used a lemon . Also the batter didn’t look like it was enough for the pan, so I put the streusel on top. Everything else I followed to the letter.

    The batter was actually enough. It rose up to fill the pan, was wonderful!ly light, just the right sweetness, and was very attractive. The family wolfed it down and came back for seconds and it was all gone the next day.

    Thank you !


  21. Yessssss, it was awesome it was the hit of the prayer breakfast. The next time I made it I made more streusel for it it had more streusel throughout. But it didn’t bake exactly right that time so I went back to the original recipe which is just mouth-watering awesome. I love baking with fresh cranberries and putting the orange zest is just to die for….Thank you very much for that recipe!!!

  22. I found that the cake just fit the 8 inch square pan – actually after rising, it actually came above the rim a little.  It is a lot deeper than the picture.  I used frozen cranberries and so it took longer to bake – about 60 minutes.  I did not have an orange so used a lemon for zest, and I also  sprinkled about 1/4 cup of flaked almonds in the streusel.  The coffee cake is very rich; next time I would cut the butter in the streusel down to 1/3 or 1/4 of a cup but it was very delicious and went well with a strong cup of espresso!


  23. Made this coffee cake for a community garden luncheon/meeting today.  I was lusting for cranberries and this fit the bill.  I thought it was rather complicated, but maybe it was just me…I bake bread every week but don’t very often do the dessert/cake thing.  It was DELICIOUS and a huge hit!!  

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