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Cranberry Coffee Cake

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This Cranberry Coffee Cake has Dried Cranberries with a hint of orange and will quickly become a family favorite! It can be made ahead, freeing up your time in the kitchen.

Cranberry Coffee Cake

This recipe is brought to you by Mariani. As always, the opinions are my own.

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, having guests over for brunch, or entertaining a crowd – coffee cake is one of those recipes that are a must have in your recipe box. However, we all want to get in and out of the kitchen in as little time as possible, so we can spend more time with our families and friends.

This Cranberry Coffee Cake can be made ahead, saving you time. If you like to serve it warm, it can be put together the day before, and then baked, or you can bake it ahead, and serve it room temperature or slightly warm.

Coffee Cake with Dried Cranberries

Putting together a coffee cake is one of the easiest recipes you can make. This Coffee Cake Recipe is a basic recipe, and then I added dried cranberries, the zest and juice of half an orange. The flavor combination of dried cranberries and orange goes really well together.

Not only is coffee cake great for breakfast or brunch, you can also serve it as a dessert or as a snack. A slice of coffee cake, and a cup of coffee make a great afternoon snack.

Ingredients for Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberries are an ingredient that I love baking with, especially during the holidays. And having Mariani Dried Cranberries on hand is perfect! You can add them to bread, cakes, cookies and even just have them to snack on.

For this Cranberry Coffee Cake, you will need – 


  • Butter, softened
  • Eggs, room temperature
  • Sour Cream
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Mariani Dried Cranberries
  • Orange

How to make Cranberry Coffee Cake

How to make Coffee Cake

Step 1:

  • Cream the butter

Step 2:

  • Add sour cream, eggs and vanilla, mix well

Step 3:

  • Add the zest and juice of half an orange, mix well

Step 4:

  • In a medium bowl, measure the dry ingredients, and whisk together

How to make coffee cake

Step 5:

  • Gradually add dry ingredients, reserving a small amount

Step 6:

  • Add the dried cranberries to the remaining dry ingredient mixture

Step 7:

  • Toss the cranberries into the dry ingredients to coat, breaking apart any clumps. By doing this step, the cranberries won’t sink to the bottom of the cake while baking.

Step 8:

Coffee Cake

Add the mixture to a prepared baking pan. You can use a 9 inch spring form pan or a 13×9 baking dish works fine too. Sprinkle a few additional dried cranberries on top of the mixture. Then off to the oven it goes.

Cranberry Coffee Cake

To serve, lightly dust the top of the Coffee Cake with powdered sugar, if you like.

Cranberry Coffee Cake

This Cranberry Coffee Cake is light, fluffy and packed with flavor. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Coffee Cake with Mariani Dried Cranberries

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Cranberry Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake with Dried Cranberries

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

With a hint of orange, and dried cranberries, this Cranberry Coffee Cake will be a family favorite.


  • 3/4 cup (1 + 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 + 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 medium sized orange
  • 2 + 1/4 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1 + 1/4 cups sugar, granulated
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag (5 oz) Mariani Dried Cranberries plus extra for topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare pan with non-stick cooking spray - can use 9 inch spring form pan or 13x9 baking dish

Cream butter

Add sour cream, vanilla and eggs, mix well

Add zest and juice of orange, mix well

In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients, whisk together slightly

Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, reserving a small amount of dry ingredients

Add dried cranberries to dry ingredients and toss to coat

Fold cranberries into mixture

Spread evenly into pan

Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

Cool 5 minutes, remove from pan (unless you are serving in the baking dish)

Serve warm, room temperature or chilled

Store leftovers in airtight container



Make Ahead - to make the day before, prepare as directed, then wrap in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator over night.

To bake - remove from fridge at least 30 minutes prior to baking. You may need to increase baking time a little if the cake is too cold.


  1. To substitute the sour cream can I use buttermilk or yogurt instead?

    1. Hi Ervina, you should be able to use yogurt. I haven’t tested the recipe with that, but it should work fine.

    2. I only had one cup sour cream so I added half a cup of plain Greek yogurt. it was fine!

  2. Oh my gosh delicious! Thank you so much!

    1. I hope you get a chance to try it Jessica, it’s a favorite here for sure!

  3. This is literally perfect! I’ve been searching for a good holiday coffee cake and this is the one!

    1. Thanks so much! Thrilled you like it!

  4. So soft and tender with perky flavor!

    1. Yes! It’s delicious! I hope you have a chance to try it Sommer!

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