This cranberry coffee cake with orange and cardamom will fill your home with scents of the holidays. It’s perfect for any day but I picture this making a Christmas brunch appearance.

This cranberry coffee cake with orange and cardamom will fill your home with scents of the holidays. It's perfect for any day but I picture this making a Christmas brunch appearance. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!
Can you imagine anything much better than the scents of cranberries, orange and cardamom wafting through your house around the holidays?

I grew up eating a blueberry coffee cake similar to this cake. Both my mom and my grandma would make it (and perhaps Betty Crocker too?). I love this recipe base because it’s perfectly sweet, perfectly moist and so simple to make. And of course, because it brings me back to Sunday afternoons at my grandma’s house. So it makes sense that I love to create new takes on it — the peach spice coffee cake is still one of my faves.

This cranberry coffee cake with orange and cardamom will fill your home with scents of the holidays. It's perfect for any day but I picture this making a Christmas brunch appearance. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

In and effort to not eat all this cranberry coffee cake myself, and to get to know our new neighbors, I sent out a group text after I baked this cake inviting our neighbors to swing by for a piece of coffee cake. An impromptu hour getting to know new friends on a sunny Sunday afternoon transpired quickly after sending out the text.

Cake brings people together.

This cranberry coffee cake with orange and cardamom will fill your home with scents of the holidays. It's perfect for any day but I picture this making a Christmas brunch appearance. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I teamed up with Wyman’s of Maine for this cranberry coffee cake recipe. They’re known for their wild blueberries but they offer a huge range of frozen fruit – I can’t wait to try their tropical coconut blend. And can I say this? Honest to goodness, I was SHOCKED when I opened the bag of frozen cranberries. Mind you, these cranberries were shipped to me, meaning they were packed in a cooler box and transported by who knows how many people.

I opened the bag of cranberries and let out a gasp.

Is that dramatic enough for you?

Seriously though — these looked JUST like fresh cranberries! Perfectly plump, perfectly smooth and red. All perfectly individually frozen, no clumps of stuck-together cranberries. It was unreal. I was impressed.

This cranberry coffee cake with orange and cardamom will fill your home with scents of the holidays. It's perfect for any day but I picture this making a Christmas brunch appearance. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

If you love cranberries as much as I do, buying frozen cranberries is a great way to enjoy them all year round. I’ll definitely be keeping a bag in my freezer! Soon I’ll be making these holiday recipes using cranberries: baked brie with cranberries and bourbon pecans, cranberry salsa,  Brussels sprouts with cranberries and walnuts, and orange cranberry sauce with cardamom.  

Craving more cakes? Try:

Cranberry Coffee Cake with Orange and Cardamom

Cranberry Coffee Cake with Orange and Cardamom

Yield: 15 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This cranberry coffee cake with orange and cardamom will fill your home with scents of the holidays. It’s perfect for any day but I picture this making a Christmas brunch appearance.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 cups Wyman’s of Maine frozen cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to mix together softened butter, orange juice, milk and egg. On top of wet ingredients, add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, orange zest, and cardamom. Beat on low for 20-30 seconds until combined and then increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Pour half of batter into prepared pan – spread to evenly cover bottom of baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup of Wyman’s of Maine frozen cranberries. Spread remaining batter over cranberries and then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cranberries. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few crumbs.
  5. Let cool slightly before cutting and serving. May be served warm, room temperature, or cold.
  6. Store covered for 2-3 days.

Notes

  • If you don’t have turbinado sugar, you can leave it off or substitute with regular granulated sugar. I love the crispy crunch sugar adds to the top of this cake.
  • It may look like there isn't enough batter but don’t worry – the baking powder will work its magic while this bakes and it will end up perfect!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 179mg Carbohydrates: 31g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
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Verdict: Loved this cranberry coffee cake. It has such bright, festive flavors and is perfect with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Husband’s take: Wasn’t sure that Ben would be into this – he’s a traditionalist and this cranberry coffee cake has lots of bold flavors. He loves it though! It’s also been tested on my neighbors and my mother-in-law…no complaints have been heard!
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!

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