Cranberry Coffee Cake

By Maria Lichty

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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:)

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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.
4.45 from 56 votes


For the coffee cake:

For the streusel:


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x9-inch square baking pan and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set dry ingredients aside.
  • 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.
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in the fresh cranberries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Cool to room temperature and serve.


Calories: 382kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 69mg, Sodium: 278mg, Potassium: 140mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 517IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 2mg

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

  2. 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

  3. 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)

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

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

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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..

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. 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. 🙂

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

  13. 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.


  14. 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!

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

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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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!

  20. Beautiful! I love coffee cakes with good crunchy stuff on top. And what could be better than cranberries right now?!

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

  22. My 6 year old absolutely loves coffee cake! What a great way to change it up. Perfect holiday twist!

  23. 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!

  24. I did really love the cranberry coffee cake that I had made…but I think I like yours better! That double streusel sounds divine!

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

  26. yumm-o I love the cranberry orange combo. This coffee cake looks really tasty! We don’t have company coming but it might be a great new years day brunch idea.

  27. 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:)

  28. Mmm.. I love coffee cake with streusel topping! Cranberries are great this season — Happy Holidays 🙂

  29. mmmm… I love love baking with fresh cranberries. So much better than the dried variety. This looks like the best coffee cake ever.

  30. 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!

  31. Oh, I also love baking with cranberries over the holidays. I subscribed to your blog because I like reading it so much!

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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!

  35. 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!!

    1. I haven’t doubled it, but I am sure it would work out great! Just use a 9 by 13 pan and double the ingredients. Enjoy!

    1. There isn’t coffee in the cake. It is just called a coffee cake because you are supposed to eat it with coffee:)

  36. 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!

  37. Can you use frozen cranberries? Have a lot in freezer. Love your website. Keep up the wonderful ideas recipes etc. thank you.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 5 stars
    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 !

  44. 5 stars
    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!!!

  45. 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!

  46. 4 stars
    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!!  

  47. I use a 9 x 13 pan, increase all ingredients by 50% (add 1 more cup of flour, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar, etc), and only put streusel on top, a winner! Perfect balance of sweet and tart

  48. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic recipe. I had to make minor substitutions (olive oil in batter, 2 tsps baking powder instead of soda, no orange zest, frozen cranberries, and a springform pan) and it still came out amazing. Thank you so much! I am not very skilled so I did all of the streusel on top instead on trying to make two layers. It’s moist, just the right tartness, and the streusel adds a great crunch. This is going in my recipe book!

  49. 2 stars
    I put this in an 8×8 pan as it said you could you that size of a pan. When the volumn went clear to the top, maybe that should have been my first clue. Outside got done. Middle sank and was gooey. Frustrating after investing in ingerdients.
    I am an avide baker. I know how to measure. I do live at high altitude. Cut the baking powder down to 1 teaspoon. I think that helped or gooiness would have been worse.
    Good luck if you try this one.

  50. 5 stars
    Very good! Used sour cream instead of yogurt, worked fine. Batter was very thick and hard to spread, but cake came out fairly light. Would make again.

  51. 4 stars
    Very nice cake except batter so thick it was almost impossible to spread in pan. No way could it be poured and I followed recipe exactly. Using frozen cranberries resulted in having to bake it 60 minutes to have center fully baked. Resulted in edges and topping darker than I prefer and I will thaw cranberries next time.

  52. 5 stars
    I had frozen cranberries. Followed the directions. Thank you. What a hit. I think I am going to try fresh blueberries. It was Wonder ful.

  53. 5 stars
    Delicious! I tried the recipe out exactly as written and it’s perfect! I like to use my 8×8 glass pan but I also used my 6″ round casserole, and the two of them add up to very close to a 9×9. The second time I made the recipe I made it dairy-free., using coconut yogurt and vegan margarine. Turned out great. This recipe is going into our favourites list.

  54. 5 stars
    This is simply a wonderful recipe. My entire family enjoyed it. It is quick and easy. I used an 11×7 glass dish and it worked perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

  55. The batter was on the thick side..
    But the end result was assume..
    I didn’t change a thing…this will be added to my favorite list !!!

  56. 5 stars
    ive made this recipe three times since thanksgiving and i’m obsessed!!! i’ve never been a huge baker but this comes out perfect everytime & i’ve never received more compliments on a baked good before <3 recommending this to anyone & everyone!!