Pretty Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe
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Pretty Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe

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"This is one of the prettiest coffee cakes I've ever seen, and also one of the best I've ever tasted," comments Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons warm water

Nutritional Facts

1 piece (calculated without glaze) equals 305 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 295 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 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 extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.
  2. Spoon a third of the batter into a greased 9-in.-square baking pan. Top with a third of the cranberry sauce. Repeat layers twice. Sprinkle with walnuts.
  3. Bake 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. For glaze, in a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, extract and enough water to reach a drizzling consistency. Spoon over coffee cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Coffee Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1997, p8

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"This is a very yummy coffee cake. I used toasted pecans instead of the walnuts and everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"I recall making this cake before but now that I'm a newbie Field Editor, I prepared this recipe again so that I could rate it & review this recipe! I used 1/2 vegetable shortening and half butter so that I could conserve on my butter supply! I used 1 tsp. salt & instead of sour cream, I used a 6-oz. container of Greek cherry yogurt (Chobani brand with fruit on the bottom or generic ) which I stirred up well)! I used an 8-1/2to 8-3/4" square pan, greased and floured and what I did was place 1/3 cup batter, 1/2 of the cranberry sauce, then 1/3 cup batter again and balance of sauce, then balance of batter. I did bake for exactly 1 hour-top got quite browned, so I cut away the burnt parts with a sharp paring knife! I'd say baking time would be 50 to 60 minutes-bake 50 minutes, then test the cake and if a cake tester comes out gooey, then bake 5 to 10 more minutes! I did use the chopped walnuts on top of cake since this was what the recipe called for! Normally, I don't use nuts in my cakes unless absolutely needed and this is one of those times! The flour, baking powder and baking soda I kept the same! The sugar and eggs I kept the same, too! I didn't glaze the cake! Generally, I like to leave my coffee cakes as they are! I think it also depends on the individual tastes of the person who prepares a recipe! Darlene Brendan(aka Markel), thank you so much for this recipe! This IS a pretty coffee cake! I'm sure that I'll be using this often and it was quick to assemble and bake, too! delowenstein"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2008

"This is a good cake! Although I prefer chocolate desserts I like this cake, and I wont even try to say how much my mom and older sister like it. I have made a few adjustments to the recipe and now they like it even better. I use 3/4 cup margarine instead of 1 cup butter, I use about 3/4 cup wheat flour with 1 1/2 cups white flour, and I substitute plain yogurt for sour cream. Also, After I grease the pan (I usually use a spring-form pan) I sprinkle the bottom of the pan with about 1/2 cup sliced almonds. (I do not use the walnuts) Then I layer as the recipes says, except after I put on the cranberry sauce I sprinkle about 1/3 cup of oats. My mom and sister always request this cake for their birthday. Thank you!"

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