Cranberry-Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe
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Cranberry-Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

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With its nutty, tart topping, this cake will bring smiles as soon as you turn it out of the pan. —Anne Thompson, Grand Rapids, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • CAKE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 530 calories, 30 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 122 mg cholesterol, 332 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Transfer to a greased 9-in. round baking pan. Sprinkle with cranberries and pecans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange juice and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Pour over cranberries.
  3. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry-Pecan Coffee Cake in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p58

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Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012

"I meant to say: lowfat yogurt, NOT lowfar!This recipe will be used by ME as far as I'm concerned! This is a wonderful recipe & the cakes are beautiful, too!"

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012

"I made this recipe for the first time & the recipe came out really great! I did modify the recipe-I used 1-1/2 cup whole fresh cranberries, 1 Tbsp. ground Navel orange & use 1/2 white & 1/2 brown sugar! I used 1/2 tsp. each of baking soda and salt instead of 1/4 tsp. I also was able to get 2 cakes, using two 8-1/2" round layer pans. I just prepared 2 batches of the cranberry topping & used 1 recipe of the batter for 2 8" layer pans! I greased and floured the cake pans & I noticed that the cakes came out more easily from the pans! I also used a carton of light lowfar yogurt, flavored instead of sour cream! No one would really know the difference! this recipe will be used by my as much as possible, as far as I'm concerned! It's a wonderful recipe and the cake is beautiful, too!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Just have to mention that I live at 7,000 feet so I adjusted the recipe quite a bit. Came out perfect though! :)"

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"Great recipe that's easy to make. The cake is exceptionally delicate. I used dried cranberries, and they worked just fine."

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