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The Best-Ever Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe

Updated on March 31, 2015
Best Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe
Best Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe | Source

Our Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe

This combination of sweet cake and tart cranberries is absolutely perfect. If you are looking for a fairly easy and delicious recipe for a cranberry coffee cake, you will love this one.

This coffeecake recipe is definitely a favourite in my family and, while we would all be happy to eat it every day, we save it for special occasions like Christmas day, New Year's day or when we have overnight company. The cranberries seem especially suitable in the fall and during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.

We know that you will impress your family and friends whether you choose to serve this coffee cake today or to save it for a special occasion.

Cranberry Coffeecake
Cranberry Coffeecake | Source
Cranberry Coffee Cake
Cranberry Coffee Cake


  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream



To prepare the topping, put the brown sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1/4 tsp cinnamon in a small saucepan on the stove to boil. Once it has boiled, pour the mixture into a GREASED 9-inch springform pan. Sprinkle with the cranberries and pecans.


  1. In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar until they are fuffy. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla.
  2. Stir the flour, baking power, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together.
  3. Pour half of the flour mix into the wet mix, then stir in the sour cream and finally add the remaining flour mix.
  4. Add this batter on top of the cranberry and pecan layer in the pan, pushing the batter a bit higher around the edges.
  5. Wrap the bottom of your pan with foil and put it on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake in a 350F oven for an hour or until your tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when you touuch it lightly.
  7. Let cool for ten minutes and then turn out on a serving platter and serve warm.

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Nordic Ware 9-Inch Leakproof Springform Pan

This Nordic Ware pan does NOT leak, which is what you really want if you are going to be making this cake frequently. However, if you are using a pan that leaks, I recommend either wrapping the bottom in foil or placing it on another pan when you place it in the oven. Either measure should help avoid a messy oven. If you need a new pan, make sure that you buy a good one so that you will not have to deal with this issue when you make this or any other coffeecake.

For some coffee cakes, I prefer to use my Corning Ware 2.5 quart French White casserole dish because is it sized appropriately and because it cleans up beautifully in the dishwasher. I can make my coffeecake ahead of time, freeze it and simply warm it when my guests arrive. This is certainly the simple method since you can serve directly from the casserole dish although using a spring form pan allows you to display your cake on a lovely cake plate. Obviously, this will not work with coffee cakes that need to be turned over after they are cooked.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @paulahite: Thanks for caring and sharing. It is a great recipe!

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      Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great Recipe! Its being featured on "What's Cooking at Squidoo" Google+ page today! Come check it out!

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      Chris-H LM 5 years ago

      Oh my! You've got my tummy all grumbly! That looks really good. I love cranberries!

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      CreativeGal 5 years ago

      I'm going to have Chai with my cranberry bread. (OK -- still has caffeine in it! But -- I like the flavor better. But - yummy uymmy cranberry bread!

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      dumpstergourmet 5 years ago

      I love the use of Fresh Cranberries! I have a Cranberry Coffeecake recipe but it makes use of dried cranberries or cranberry sauce, so the tartness get's left behind. I bet your recipe is such a great change to typical, sweet coffeecakes!

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      andreeaweed 5 years ago

      this is so delicious

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your lens is so great, and I can't wait to try the recipes.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Looks yummy. New way to eat cranberries for me and I will try it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Oh this just looks so absolutely yummy. Coffee cake is delicious at the best of times but add cranberries and you have got a real creation. Beautiful looking cake.

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      I will definitely be trying this recipe. I love cranberries

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      Cranberry coffee cake - how perfect for the holidays!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Yum. yum, yum! Thanks! I love cranberries and I gotta make this!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      What a delicious page...I love to look at url's, and who would have thought that with all the lenses on Squidoo, coffee-cake would still be available...sorry for getting sidetracked by such a little cake is one kind of cake that I love!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      What a pretty colorful coffee cake! And it looks so yummy, too!

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Mmm! Mmm! This recipe for cranberry coffee cake looks and sounds delish!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This looks absolutely delicious! I am bookmarking this to come back to another time! Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I am SO ready for a piece of this yummy coffee cake. Can't wait to try this recipe!

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      Your cranberry coffee cake looks and sounds absolutely delicious!