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Cranberry Eggnog Coffee Cake

November 25, 2019

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Cranberry Eggnog Coffee Cake is perfect for the holidays. Serve this delicious sour cream coffee cake for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

A slice of coffee cake filled with fresh cranberries.

Cranberry season continues, at least in my house! I’m telling you, I can’t resist those packages every time I cruise through the grocery store. I keep grabbing a few more bags and baking up more deliciousness. This delicious coffee cake is my latest creation.

To make it even more amazing, I’ve added eggnog to the batter! Talk about delicious! I just posted a recipe for a cranberry bundt cake, but this recipe is a bit different and gives you another option for baking with fresh cranberries.

A slice of coffee cake filled with fresh cranberries and topped with a brown sugar topping.

What is a coffee cake?

A coffee cake is a moist cake often topped with a streusel topping and sometimes filled with fresh fruit. Coffee cakes are often served with coffee. Coffee cakes are often eaten for breakfast or a midday snack or as a dessert.  This coffee cake is sweet and is perfect for a holiday brunch. 

Fresh or dried cranberries?

This recipe uses fresh cranberries, not dried. You could also use frozen cranberries. If using frozen berries, do not thaw berries first. Simply add berries frozen to the batter and increase baking time 5-10 minutes.

What ingredients do I need to make cranberry coffee cake?

  • butter
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • eggs
  • sour cream
  • eggnog – you could substitute whole milk
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • brown sugar
  • cranberries

To make cranberry eggnog coffee cake:

Combine butter and sugar together until creamy.  Butter and sugar creamed together in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, eggnog, sour cream and vanilla. A bowl with eggs, sour cream and vanilla.

In a third bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and other ingredients in a bowl.

Mix half the flour mixture into the butter mixture.  

When mixed in, add the egg mixture. Once it is incorporated, add the final half of flour. Cake batter with beaters in the batter.

Fold in cranberries. 

Place in a greased 8 1/2 x 11 inch baking dish.

Mix streusel together by placing brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour together. Stir until combined.

Sprinkle streusel on top of cake batter. Brown sugar topping on a coffee cake.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.  A baked coffee cake topped with brown sugar streusel.

Allow cake to fully cool in cake pan. Slice into 15 pieces and serve.  Coffee cake filled with fresh cranberries.

Tips for making cranberry cake

  • Make certain butter is softened, not melted before combining with sugar.
  • Add half the flour mixture, then the egg mixture and then the flour mixture again.
  • Once all flour has been mixed in, do not over mix.
  • Fold cranberries in gently with a spatula

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Recipe adapted fromTaste of Home.

5 from 4 votes
A slice of coffee cake filled with fresh cranberries.
Cranberry Eggnog Coffee Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Moist coffee cake made with fresh cranberries and eggnog.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee cake, cranberry coffee cake, easy coffee cake
Servings: 15 slices
Calories: 282 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries
Streusel Topping
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Combine butter and sugar together until creamy.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, eggnog, sour cream and vanilla.

  3. In a third bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

  4. Mix half the flour mixture into the butter mixture.
  5. When mixed in, add the egg mixture. Once it is incorporated, add the final half of flour.
  6. Fold in cranberries.
  7. Place in a greased 8 1/2 x 11 inch baking dish.
  8. Mix streusel together by placing brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour together. Stir until combined.

  9. Sprinkle streusel on top of cake batter.
  10. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.
  11. Allow cake to fully cool in cake pan. Slice into 15 pieces and serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

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  • I used salted butter in this recipe.
  • May substitute whole milk for the eggnog
  • May omit streusel topping, if desired
  • Make certain butter is softened, not melted before combining with sugar.
  • Add half the flour mixture, then the egg mixture and then the flour mixture again.
  • Once all flour has been mixed in, do not over mix.
  • Fold cranberries in gently with a spatula
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Eggnog Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 142mg4%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 404IU8%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    December 1, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Wow! That cranberry eggnog coffee cake looks great. Only a small time frame when it can be baked though! Fortunately, now’s the time!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 3, 2019 at 4:45 am

      This is cranberry season…time to get baking!

  • Reply
    Melanie
    November 26, 2019 at 8:54 am

    5 stars
    What a great combo! This treat is full of delicious flavors and looks amazing 😍 It´s perfect for christimas 😊

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 26, 2019 at 11:26 am

      I do love everything cranberry!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    November 26, 2019 at 4:38 am

    5 stars
    I’m a huge fan of baking with eggnog! In fact, I think we should do it way more often…of course, the fact that I drink it before it makes it to the recipe usually is a problem. πŸ™‚ You probably know about my love for coffee cake by now. Combining coffee cake flavors with eggnog and then cranberries for that tart flavor sounds like the perfect holiday breakfast to me! (Heck, I’d eat this for dessert, too.) Looks amazing, Kathy! I hope you and the family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 26, 2019 at 6:03 am

      I’ve been know to eat this for breakfast and for dessert after dinner πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    November 26, 2019 at 1:54 am

    5 stars
    Wowww Kathy! So delicious with the cranberries and eggnog! A lovely cake, and that streusel bakes up into the most wonderful texture!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 26, 2019 at 6:04 am

      Thanks, Kelly!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    You know my love for anything streusel-topped Kathy, right?! And add some eggnog and cranberries and game over! Save me a huge hunk!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      I’ll save some for you!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 25, 2019 at 8:06 am

    5 stars
    Cranberry AND eggnog? Talk about a deliciously festive treat! This would be so awesome Christmas morning with an eggnog latte! Pinned πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Oh yum, I need to make an eggnog latte to go with this!

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