Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake
This cranberry orange coffee cake is a festive holiday season breakfast or snack cake that is bursting with cranberries and crunchy with pecans. (Recipe and post originally published in January 2013. Recipe and pictures updated December 2017)
This cranberry orange coffee cake is simply an easy pleasure in the middle of winter. For those cold and dreary days, making this coffee cake is the best way to keep warm and satisfied with winter flavors. This coffee cake is an oldie AND a goodie that I wanted to re-make to update the images on the blog. I originally made this recipe in Jan 2013, when I just started the blog and it was a delight back then and even more so now with bold flavors of cranberry and orange in a sweet holiday season coffee cake.
I’m holding on to this cranberry orange coffee cake recipe for another five years and you should too.
More coffee cake recipes for you to try:
- Orange Coffee Cake
- Eggnog Coffee Cake
- Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake
- Cinnamon Coffee Cake with M&M’s
- Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins
- Chai Coffee Cake
Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake
This cranberry orange coffee cake is a festive holiday season breakfast or snack cake that is bursting with cranberries and crunchy with pecans.
For the Cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 egg, beaten
- ¾ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
- ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
For the Topping:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- ¼ cup coarsely chopped pecans
For the Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoon milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and line with parchment. Grease parchment, leaving overhang.
- In a large bowl, whish together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in butter and using your finger tips, work into flour mixture until it looks like coarse meal. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir until everything is incorporated. Add in cranberries and pecans and fold into batter.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Make the topping by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. Using your fingers, rub together until crumbly. Sprinkle the batter with the topping.
- Bake until cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing and cooling on a wire rack.
- Make glaze: whisk together the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk. Drizzle over coffee cake
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Oops! The recipe only separated the ingredients list into two groups, and neglected to list the crumble topping separately from the glaze(!!)
Then it tells you and step #4:
“Make the topping by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. Using your fingers, rub together until crumbly. Sprinkle the batter with the topping.”
Well I mixed all the ingredients in a bowl. (Seems like an awful lot of powdered sugar but we’re just going to try this new recipe and see how it pans out!)
Alas, I now see that some details were left out of the ingredients list and step number four, and so now I have my glaze ingredients mixed in with my topping and we’ll just see how that works out. 😟
Hope this gets repaired in future iterations. 😊😉
Hi Sofia, I am sorry this caused you some confusion and potentially ruined your experience. I have made it more clear in the ingredients list. However, my best advice for any baker when approaching a new recipe for the first time is to read all the instructions completely before starting. this has helped me solve a lot of issues with recipes. I do apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.
Oh orange and cranberry have my heart. I haven’t always liked cranberries until the last year or so (I know I’m crazy!) but I love their unique flavor with other bursts of flavors like white chocolate or vodkas.
I love cranberries and so glad you do!!