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The Best Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe

Updated on November 18, 2012
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Stephanie loves dessert and especially loves to bake delicious, new recipes to share with family and friends.

Cranberry Coffee Cake - Yummy!

Delicious homemade cranberry coffee cake is perfect for a special breakfast treat!
Delicious homemade cranberry coffee cake is perfect for a special breakfast treat! | Source

Cranberry Coffee Cake - Perfect for a Special Breakfast

Whether you travel for Thanksgiving or have house guests, this yummy Cranberry Coffee Cake is a delightful treat to serve or bring with you on Thanksgiving. In our family, traditional Thanksgiving deserts are centered around pies of all flavors, so this cranberry coffee cake is a nice change and just perfect for breakfast or brunch when you have house guests. Living four hours away from family, it was common to have guests for several days on Thanksgiving weekend. This meant that I had to plan Thanksgiving dinner as well as breakfasts, lunches and dinners for two or three days following Thanksgiving. This sweet and tart cranberry coffee cake is just perfect for a Thanksgiving morning coffee break or a breakfast treat during the weekend.

Use Fresh Cranberries

Fresh cranberries are harvested in the fall, and are easy to find around Thanksgiving time. I usually buy a couple of packages so that I can use one for this cranberry coffee cake and the other to make fresh cranberry sauce. However, if you want to save time or if fresh cranberries aren't readily available, this recipe also works well with whole canned cranberry sauce.

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 8-10 servings

Fresh Cranberries Used in Baking

Fresh cranberries.  Clip art from Food and Health.com
Fresh cranberries. Clip art from Food and Health.com | Source

Cranberry Coffee Cake Ingredients

Ingredients for the Cranberry Coffee Cake Batter

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Ingredients for the Fresh Cranberry Filling:

  • 1 package whole cranberries, washed and sorted to remove any discolored berries or bits of leaves and stems.
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water (add more water if it starts sticking.)


Growing and Harvesting Cranberries

Cranberries on the bush.
Cranberries on the bush. | Source
Harvesting Cranberries in NJ.
Harvesting Cranberries in NJ. | Source

Directions for Making Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberry Filling*: First cook together the fresh cranberries, sugar and water until the cranberries are soft. Let mixture cool while you make the cake batter.

Cake Batter: Cream softened butter, eggs and sugar together. Add almond extract, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix well with electric mixer. Add sour cream and flour and mix well. The batter will be quite thick.

Spray a non-stick tube pan or bundt pan with non-stick spray. Place half the batter in the greased pan. Spoon half the cooked cranberries over it, then spread the remaining batter on top. Top with the rest of the cranberries.

Topping: Sprinkle 1/3 cup of granulated sugar and 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts on top of the last layer of batter.

Bake: Set oven at 350°F and bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

*Note: 1 can of whole cranberry sauce may be substituted for cooked raw cranberries. Open the can and stir to soften the mixture before spooning it onto the cake batter.

**Note: Unfortunately, at the time this was written, I didn't have a photograph of the Cranberry Coffee Cake. I will post one soon!

Rate Best Cranberry Coffee Cake

5 stars from 2 ratings of Best Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberry Facts


Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants which help prevent cancer and other diseases. They are high in fiber, potassium and Vitamin C. There are about 22 calories in a half cup of berries.


Try Cranberries in Other Baked Goods and Salads

I always associate cranberries with Thanksgiving because cranberry sauce is always found on our Thanksgiving table. The tart cranberries have a holiday look, and the bright red berries will add color and sparkle to muffins, cakes and cookies. Try adding a handful to your apple pie filling for a change of pace. Dried cranberries are becoming much more popular, and can be added to cookies or other baked goods instead of raisins. Our family loves the chewy tart flavor of the dried berries, and we like dried cranberries sprinkled on a green salad, pasta salad or eaten as a snack.

However you prefer you cranberries, I'm sure that once you try this Cranberry Coffee Cake, it will become one of your favorite ways of eating them.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Kevin Peter, Glad you enjoyed the recipe for Cranberry Coffee Cake. It is one of my favorites, too! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment on my recipe!

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      I love cranberries and your recipe attracted me a lot. You have explained it so well that I tried it the very same day and it was really very yummy. Every one who had it said that they had never had such a delicious cake before. Thanks a lot and I expect a lot more of recipes from you.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Ignugent17 - If you could taste it, I know you'd love this Cranberry Coffee Cake! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Looks so good ! I would love to taste it.

      Thanks for sharing your recipe. :-)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Vocalcoach - This is a great way to use cranberries - enjoy!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This looks and sounds so delicious. I happen to be wild about cranberries. I'll be trying your wonderful recipe and thank you for sharing!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Careermommy - People who like cakes without icing usually enjoy this cake very much. It has a sweet/tart flavor that's very nice. Hope you enjoy it!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      FlourishAnyway - I think you and your mother will both love this cake. Thanks for stopping in!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Peggy, I would guess that about 3-4 cups of fresh cranberries would cook down into about 2 cups of cranberry sauce. It doesn't have to be an exact measurement as a little extra of the cranberry sauce won't hurt a thing. If you enjoy a cake with a little tart flavor, I think you'll really like this. Thanks for the rating and the share! Enjoy!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Stephanie, this cake looks very enticing. I don't think I've had any cakes or pies made with cranberries, but I'd love to try it out. Thank you for the recipe.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      This looks amazing. I cannot wait to try it and share it with my mother.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Back again Stephanie,

      Since we purchased our fresh cranberries (some of which I still have frozen) from Costco...the packages are undoubtedly way too large to use in this recipe. What size package...about how many ounces of fresh cranberries would you say that you use in this recipe? This is the kind of cake we prefer that is not too sweet and/or frosted. Looking forward to your answer. In the meantime, gave this 5 stars and will share.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Glimmer Twin Fan - I love the sweet/tart flavor of the cranberries in this coffee cake. Its lovely color makes it perfect for the holiday season, too. Thanks so much for your nice comments and for the pin!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      2patricias - I do prefer to make this with fresh cranberries, but they are very seasonal here, and usually only available in November and December. Luckily, the cake is still tasty and quite successful when made with whole canned cranberry sauce. Thanks so much for commenting and for adding this to your Recipe Index!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      You've got such great recipes and this is no exception. Glad it was shared so I could see it. Interesting that it has a cranberry filling. I can't wait to try it. This will be on my baking list this holiday season. Voted up and pinned!!!

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This looks delicious! At first I was a bit disappointed because fresh cranberries are not often available in my part of England. Then I saw that this also works with canned whole cranberry sauce. So, I hope to give it a try.

      Meanwhile, I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and am sharing.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Movie Master - This is a great coffee cake recipe - I think you'll enjoy it if you like the tartness of cranberries. Enjoy!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What an awesome recipe Stephanie, thank you I can't wait to try it!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      MosLadder - It tastes just as good as it looks! Hope you get a chance to try this Cranberry Coffee Cake recipe!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Jools99 - I'm not sure you can get fresh cranberries in the summer, but you can substitute canned whole cranberry sauce. It will still be delicious! Enjoy!

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      Chris Montgomery 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Wow, that looks delicious. Thanks Stephanie!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Stephanie, another yummy recipe from you, which I am going to try in the summer cos I think fruits are niver than chocolate when it's hot!

      Voted up and shared.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Veronica, I'm so glad you like the cranberry coffee cake recipe! It is a very pretty cake, and would be perfect for Valentine's Day. Hope you enjoy it!

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      veronica 5 years ago

      THANK-U 4 SHARING UR RECIPE W/H ME ! I WILL USE THIS CRANBERRY CAKE RECIPE 4 VALETINE'S DAY. HOPING THAT MY LOVE ONE WILL LUV THIS CAKE. HAVE A SAFE & BLESSED VALENTINE'S DAY W/H LOVE FROM ME 2 U . (*.*)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I just added a picture of the cranberry cake I made for New Year's Day! It was so yummy!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      KimberlyLake - Thanks Kimberly! I wanted to brighten up this Cranberry Coffee Cake hub with something festive, and the bright red cranberries seemed appropriate. Glad you liked it and hope you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kimberly Lake 6 years ago from California

      Great recipe. I can't wait to try it. I like how you set up your hub with the pics and extras. Voted up, I am sure your cake will be on a lot of tables!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Kikalina - Thanks for your vote and for sharing! Enjoy!

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      excellent idea. voted up and shared

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Peggy,

      I've already run into the problem of not being able to buy cranberries when I want them! I've been waiting for them to show up in the stores so that I can make the Cranberry Coffee cake to photograph (and eat!). Thanks for alerting readers to get some extra bags of cranberries in November to freeze.

      Thanks for your comment and votes!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Your cranberry coffee cake sounds delicious! My husband used to get a box of cranberries from a paper supplier each year as a gift. We kept them in the freezer and they freeze beautifully for a long time. Since they are often found fresh only seasonally in grocery stores...thought that I would give you the "heads up" in case you wish to purchase some extra bags to keep on hand for future baking after the holidays. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Votes up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Sallieann,

      It looks like we have a lot in common! If you drive down Rt. 158 on the way to the OBX, give a wave - you'll be driving within a few miles of our house! Have fun - hope all the island roads are repaired by Thanksgiving and that you have a great time. Thanks for stopping by my hub and for your comments.

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      sallieannluvslife 6 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Hi Stephanie! This looks amazing! I lived in NJ for 35 years of my life and blueberries and cranberries were always in great supply. I love any recipe using either one. We are going to OBX, NC for Thanksgiving this year and this would be a great recipe to make when the family is there all together. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Fester - It's definitely looking like fall, and all of these Thanksgiving recipes are making me hungry! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      Daniel Christian 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      That sounds so great. And Thanksgiving is right around the corner too!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Simone, I think you'll enjoy this cranberry coffee cake - the combination of sweet and tart is perfect for a coffee break!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I have never had a cake with cranberries before, but I love coffee cake! I'll have to give this a try!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your comment, Arttin. I hope you enjoy the cranberry coffee cake -- and you have a nice Thanksgiving, too!

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      Arttin2010 6 years ago

      This sounds awesome thank you sooo much for sharing with us the secret to great Cranberry CC. Happy Thanksgiving early!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Randomcreative - I think this cranberry coffee cake is a nice way to use cranberries. Hope you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love cranberries! This sounds like an amazing recipe. My husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving the last couple years. I've been debating what I'd like to make for a Thanksgiving breakfast for the next time. This will be on the potential list. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Stephanie...Your recipe sure it tempting to make the effort! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Sorry, Sunshine, when I do get around to baking from scratch, the goodies seldom make it out of the house! :)

      I'm sure you'll find this recipe for Cranberry coffee cake worth the effort if you decide to make it! Thanks for stopping by and for you comments!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Oh this sounds so yummy! Do you take special orders? I normally just make the Pillsbury Cranberry Bread mix which is delish too, I'm not a from scratch sorta person. I will hold onto this recipe though. Thanks :))

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      K9keystrokes- If your family like cranberries, they're sure to enjoy this cranberry coffee cake! Glad you found the pictures interesting. Enjoy the cake, and thanks for visiting my hub!

      wordscribe43 - Hope you kids like the cake! Thanks for visiting and commeting on my hub!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Denise,

      Using cranberries in a coffee cake is something a bit different, but it is very good. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your comments and votes!

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      Elsie Nelson 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      That sounds so yummy! My kids would love it, thanks for sharing.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      We love Craisins and cranberries a LOT! We are also big coffee cake fans...so in essence you have created the perfect snack cake recipe for us! This recipe sounds super great. I can't wait to give it a try. I also found the cranberry harvest images very interesting. Thank you for sharing, up and awesome for sure!

      Cheers~

      K9

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      YUM! I'm going to give this a whirl as well and have also bookmarked it. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Steph,

      I haven't used dried cranberries much in baking as they seem to get eaten for snacks so quickly. Cranberries in pumpkin bread sounds good - a little tartness with the pumpkin sounds like a winning combination. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Jeannie, I you like cranberries, I know you'll enjoy this cranberry coffee cake! Thanks for visiting my hub and commenting!

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Delicious! I've used dried cranberries in pumpkin bread, but will have to try this recipe too.

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This sounds so delicious! I love cranberries in baked goods. I will have to give this recipe a try sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      It sure does, Cousin Fudd! I learned from my mother to never eat cake without a cup of coffee! :) Of course, Mom believed that you shouldn't have coffee without a bit of cake, either... Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cousin Fudd 6 years ago

      Thanks for a great recipe and I bet a good slice of this cake goes nicely with a good strong cup of coffee.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Ktrapp,

      Thanks for the idea, I do have some other recipes for cranberries! I really like cranberries, too, and love the dried cranberries that are becoming easier to find now. Thanks for visiting and for your comments!

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Stephanie - I have bookmarked this and AM going to make it for breakfast around Thanksgiving since I am going to have house guests. I think it is going to be wonderful. I love cranberries and often put the dried ones in salads. They add a ton of flavor. I also love cranberry/orange muffins, but I use a box mix. If you have any homemade recipes for those that would make another wonderful cranberry hub!