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Cranberry Banana Coffee Cake

I make this moist cake for Christmas morning every year. It tastes like banana bread but has a sweet golden topping with a nutty crunch. —Gloria Friesen, Casper, Wyoming
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to the creamed mixture alternately with bananas, beating well after each addition. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Top with cranberry sauce.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, pecans and flour; stir in butter. Sprinkle over cranberries. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 264 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • GaitherMom
    Dec 17, 2016

    It is so good. The only downside is the instructions saying to bake 45-50 minutes. I put it in the oven for 40 minutes and checked it with 12 minutes left. It was done. Make sure you know your oven for sure. 9x13 should be 25-28 minutes tops. I am glad I pulled it out when I did. It is so good and so easy to make. On a side note. I grabbed what I thought was a half cup, but it was 2/3 cup. So There were extra pecans on top. Everyone liked that so I will keep doing that.

    Mar 19, 2013

    I did as the other reviewer and used quick oats in the topping since I had no nuts (and hubby doesn't like nuts IN his food). I thought the pan size would be too big since I've always made 8 x 8 coffee cakes, but it was just right. I used 3 bananas since the 2 old ones I was saving in the fridge were small. Now I have to eat the rest of the cranberry sauce out of the can :).

  • vno79
    Jan 2, 2012

    This recipe was just what I was looking for to use up that can of cranberry sauce in the pantry. This was very tasty! The only thing I changed was instead of the nuts I used the same amount of quick cooking oats since my kids are not big fans of nuts, this worked just fine. My kids ate it up and my Husband and I enjoyed it with coffee.

  • Isty
    Dec 9, 2008

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