Cranberry Coffee Cake

Cranberry Coffee Cake

I had a chance to become reacquainted with my kitchen over the holidays. I took a break from throwing together the usual dinners, and helped prep a meal of steak filets. (I left the cooking to a more seasoned expert.) On another night, I tried a new recipe for smoked chicken with roasted red peppers. The key ingredient there? Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Yum.

I also spent a bit of time baking. Wanting to use some of the leftover cranberries from the garland-making festivities at my holiday party, I found a recipe for Cranberry Coffee Cake. The dates and brown sugar really add an extra kick of sweetness to the cranberry topping. It’s an upside down cake, and when flipped, it didn’t look like the prettiest creation. It did serve as a delish breakfast for the week. It also reminded me that I want to spend more time baking (and cooking!) when I’m not off traveling. I’ve already made plans to host two dinner parties this year. Huzzah!

Cranberry Coffee Cake

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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The Makings:

  • Cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon orange rind, grated
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

The Sweetness:

Cranberry Coffee Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use cooking spray to coat 9-inch baking pan and then dust pan with approximately 1 tablespoon of flour.

2. In a small bowl, mix together cranberries, walnuts, dates and orange rind.

3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and stir in brown sugar, orange juice and cinnamon, mixing frequently for 3 minutes.

Cranberry Coffee Cake

4. Pour brown sugar mixture into pan and cover it with cranberry mixture.

5. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, use a mixer to blend butter and granulated sugar. Add in vanilla and egg.

6. Alternate stirring in flour mixture and buttermilk into granulated sugar mixture. Be sure to start and end with flour mixture. Once blended, pour combined mixture into pan atop cranberries.

Cranberry Coffee Cake

7. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife along edges of pan and once cooled, invert cake onto a serving plate.

Cranberry Coffee Cake

8. To create glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, butter and orange juice. Use whisk to drizzle glaze atop coffee cake.

Cranberry Coffee Cake

This recipe is from Cooking Light: Comfort Food

More Sweetness:
Blueberry Pie Bars  Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Swirls  Cranberry Avocado Salsa


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