Cranberry Coffee Cake with Sweet Vanilla Glaze

Cranberry Coffee Cake has sour cream, tons of tart cranberries and cinnamon baked in a bundt pan and drizzled and a sweet vanilla glaze. This easy recipe is the perfect holiday treat!

We love all kinds of cake, especially around the holidays. For more delicious holiday treats to enjoy with your coffee, try our Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bundt CakeCranberry Muffins and Spiced Gingerbread Bars.

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You guys, I have been wanting to make this Cranberry Coffee Cake recipe for MONTHS!! I’m quite sure that the produce guy at the grocery store was thrilled when the cranberries came in because I could finally stop hounding him every week. Coffee cake on it’s own excites me – not too sweet, with a delicious glaze and lots of cinnamon – it takes me back to my childhood when I’d spend time at my grandma’s house quite often. Being the good European lady that she was, she had coffee nearly every afternoon, and with it always a small, sweet treat. Oh how she would have loved this recipe! I might be a little biased, but I think it’s the best coffee cake recipe I’ve ever made.

Cranberry Coffee Cake has those delicious holiday flavors that I crave this time of year. A simple coffee cake is filled with fresh, tart cranberries along with the brown sugar and cinnamon swirled throughout. The addition of sour cream makes it incredibly moist and tender. This is a delicious accompaniment to your afternoon coffee or tea.

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How to make Cranberry Coffee Cake

The instructions for this coffee cake are pretty straightforward. You definitely want to use a tube pan (affiliate link), not a bundt pan, because you want to the cranberries to end up on top of the cake for that gorgeous finish. An 11-inch rectangular baking dish would also work. You might need to adjust the cooking time but it should work just fine. In a pinch, a bundt pan would work, but you’ll want to layer a little differently, swirling the topping into the cake.

  1. Mix up butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer. It’s best to have all of the ingredients at room temperature but it’s not a major factor in the success of this cranberry coffee cake recipe. To that add the flour, baking soda and salt and finally stir in some lusciously smooth sour sour cream to make the cake extra moist and delicious.
  2. Grease a tube pan with nonstick cooking spray, then pour in half of the mixture. Top that with some cinnamon and brown sugar and fresh cranberries. Repeat for a second layer so you have that yummy cinnamon sugar and tart cranberries running all through the cake. Bake it for about 40-45 minutes.
  3. Once cooled you’re going to invert it twice. Once onto a wire rack, plate or something light that will hold the width of the cake, then again onto the serving platter you plan to use.
  4. Now comes the fun part – whip up that sweet vanilla glaze and pour it on. We went thick on this one, because more is better, right? But if you prefer a thinner glaze just add a little more milk until you get the consistency you like.
  5. Then slice it up and dig in! Don’t forget the coffee!!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake topped with Cranberries

How to Serve Cranberry Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake is perfect for enjoying with a cup of coffee, espresso or tea. Serve it up at a Christmas brunch with some Baked Egg Muffins and Bacon or enjoy it with a dessert spread.

What to Do with Leftovers

This cake should be covered and refrigerated, and will remain fresh that way for 3-4 days. If you are planning on freezing for later, leave off the glaze and make it fresh when you serve it. Wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap then in a freezer bag or wrap again with foil. Thaw overnight for serving the next day, then add the glaze.

A close up of cake with cranberries

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Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberry Coffee Cake has sour cream, tart cranberries and cinnamon baked in a bundt pan and drizzled and a sweet vanilla glaze.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 564kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cups butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Filling:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Glaze (optional):

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or more for a thinner glaze
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan (not bundt pan) or a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar. Add vanilla and beat in eggs one at a time.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture in batches just until combined.
  • Stir in sour cream just until combined.
  • In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients.
  • Pour half of the batter into the greased and floured tube pan. Sprinkle with half of the filling mixture, then half of the cranberries.
  • Cover with remaining batter. Sprinkle with brown sugar/cinnamon mixture and top with remaining cranberries.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the sides begin to pull away from the pan.
  • Cool cake completely on a wire rack before removing from the pan. Invert onto the wire rack, then invert again onto a serving platter.
  • Optional glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Top cake with the vanilla glaze before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 564kcalCarbohydrates: 92gProtein: 6gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 449mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 2gSugar: 66gVitamin A: 646IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 2mg
Keyword coffee cake, cranberry coffee cake, sour cream coffee cake

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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