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Cranberry Coffee Cake

on December 4, 2015

The recipe for today comes from my sister. She has made this coffee cake for years and said it came from some of Grandma’s stuff, possibly originally a newspaper clipping. I don’t care where it came from, this Cranberry Coffee Cake is delicious!! My sister has talked about this cake so often, and had given me the recipe, but for some reason I’ve never made it. I’m so glad I tried it!

As long as I’m talking about my sister, I have to share this incredibly humiliating Christmas photo from our childhood. It looks like she was about 2 and I was about 9. Oh my gosh – too funny! LOVE the matching plaid jumpers, although it looks like the red of our turtle necks are a bit different. We were a couple of healthy looking girls!! Hahahaha!!

Cranberry Coffee Cake

This was also the 1970’s when wood paneling on the walls was a thing. Oh, the harvest gold . . . I love this picture! We don’t get to be together for Christmas that much anymore since she lives about 1000 miles away, but we sure share some great Christmas memories.

Cranberry Coffee Cake

So let’s make some coffee cake . . .

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cream in a mixing bowl:

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar


2 eggs

Mix well.

Combine in another bowl:

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with:

1 cup sour cream

Mix in:

1 teaspoon almond extract

Spoon 1/3 of batter into greased 9″ square pan.

Top with 1/3 can (16 oz) of whole cranberry sauce.

Repeat layers twice.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped walnuts on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of cake.

Optional glaze:

1/3 cup powdered sugar

5 teaspoons warm water

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Spoon over top of warm cake.


My sister uses only 4 layers instead of 6 – 2 of batter and 2 of cranberry sauce – that’s what I did also.


Walnuts on top and into the oven.


It comes out all golden and delicious, but THEN you spoon on the glaze. Oh my goodness.


Technically it looks like this should serve 9, but once you taste this, it may serve less than that.


This coffee cake is definitely in the tradition of Grandma’s “easy and delicious” mode of baking. It’s so easy to do and so good! This is a great one to have in your back pocket for all of the holiday company coming in the next few weeks. If some of that company happens to be your sister, share this recipe with her over a piece of this coffee cake and a cup of coffee, and reminisce about all of those great Christmas memories you’ve been a part of together.




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