Thanksgiving is around the corner and just in time, this Cranberry-Walnut Coffee Cake came up as one of the selections for The Cake Slice Bakers’ monthly bake.
It has the flavors of the holiday – cranberries, walnuts, and fresh orange zest. I knew it would be a good choice!
Be sure and read through the recipe and get your ingredients ready to go. The butter and egg really need to be at room temperature, so put them out while you’re preheating the oven.
The end result is a tender, loose-textured coffee cake that’s hard to stop eating.
My streusel didn’t crumble up like the photo in the book, but it still made a nice buttery, almost caramelized layer on top of the cake.
I think you’ll like this Cranberry-Walnut Coffee Cake. Make it for a brunch or holiday table. I look forward to enjoying it with a cup of coffee tomorrow morning.
Looking for more cranberry recipes? You’ll like Fresh Cranberry Bars made with fresh cranberries. Or try America’s Test Kitchen’s Cranberry Sour Cream Pound Cake – delicious and lighter than your usual pound cake.
Update: This cake got better and better every day (stored at room temperature). It will be a good make-ahead dessert.
- 3 tbsp cold butter, diced into small pieces
- 2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 C dried cranberries
- 1/2 C chopped walnuts
- 1 C all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 c butter
- 10 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 10 tbsp sour cream, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp finely grated orange peel
- Set out egg and sour cream so they can get to room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray an 8" round cake pan and dust with flour.
- For the streusel: combine the butter, brown sugar, and flour in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut in the butter to the flour/brown sugar until the mixture resembles small peas. Set aside.
- For the cake: place the cranberries and walnuts in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the flour, and toss to coat. Set aside.
- In another small bowl, whisk together the remaining flour (1 cup minus 1 tablespoon), baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Place the softened butter into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Add the granulated sugar and beat until fluffy (about five minutes - note: mine never got real fluffy, but blended together nicely and fluffed up a bit). Add the egg and beat well.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and alternate adding the flour and sour cream - starting and ending with the flour. Add the orange peel and beat 30 seconds.
- Fold in the cranberry/walnut mixture, then scape the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top.
- Bake the cake approximately 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out virtually clean. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool for about 15 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edges and turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
Don't overmix or the cake will be tougher than it should be.
Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th – never before – we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!
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It is a new year and a new book – Little Everyday Cakes – and our choices for November 2021 were ~
Cranberry-Walnut Coffee Cake