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Baking, a Love Story

A Cranberry Coffee Cake Celebration


Hi All! For those of you who have been following along, you are fully aware of my kitchen floor fiasco but as of 3:37pm Tuesday, Rick, AKA Guy who was vying for 6th member of our family and daytime tennant,  finished our floors and drove his big, white van off into the sunset while I waved, not quite believing that most of this mess was over.

So, what’s a girl to do with a kitchen all to herself? Well, Wednesday morning I woke up at 5:00am (without an alarm clock) and literally catapulted out of bed and raced to my kitchen to whip up this cranberry coffee cake that I have had bookmarked on my iPhone for about a month now. This cranberry coffee cake is a WINNER. Please make it. It’s addicting, a bit almond-y, sweet and tart and oh so soft and fluffy. Did I mention the lightly crunchy topping too?

I think my husband’s pulse might have literally stopped as he walked through the kitchen Wednesday morning, eyes barely open, using his hands to feel his way to the fridge.  His eyes then got huge and he almost tripped on his own two feet as he saw the mess, disaster, um complete and utter chaos going on in my kitchen.

There was flour on the new Chestnut floors and dishes in the sink piled so high that I might have to use my step ladder to dig in.  A string of ingredients littered the counters and there was a whirring noise in the background as the food processor was busily chopping cranberries.  I had a big smile plastered across my face and he, well, he looked a little defeated.  Not 24 hours into our “new-ish” kitchen and it looked like I had cooked for at least 50 people or so.

I noticed I had an audience during my photo shoot...Cooper's Hawk waiting to swipe a slice.

But in actuality, all I made was this cranberry coffee cake. Yeah, you might wonder how one could total a kitchen over one semi-simple coffee cake, but let me tell you folks if there were ever an award for fastest kitchen totaller, I would win, hands-down and the competition would be baffled in awe of my mess making ability.  If you sense a bit of pride in that statement, you are right on the money.

I don’t know why but I thoroughly enjoy the artistry of baking and really hate to be neat and tidy while I bake or cook. It stifles my creativity, ya know?  Anyhow, this cake is not to be missed. Please don’t just bookmark it and leave it behind because you will be sorry. So sorry. There is not one part of this cake that is ordinary.

It is sweet, like a coffee cake should be, but the swirl of tart cranberries is magic in the middle and breaks up the sweetness perfectly. Then there is an almond note and a cinnamon-y crunch on top and the softness…it’s so, terribly soft and fluffy.  The crumb from this cake could have poems written about it.

Just for the record, I did start with a Cooking Light recipe, and I had very good intentions you see. But I was utterly disappointed by the lack of batter that this recipe created so I doubled the cake recipe and switched it up a bit. So now it’s officially not light at all but Cooking Light inspired. That’s just how it is; deliciousness, fat, calories and a bit of healthy cranberries. Just take a smaller slice and enjoy the sinful ride.  My grandmother always used to tell me that the road to He!! is paved with good intentions…

Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake
Inspired by Cooking Light
Makes about 12 -14 slices
3 1/3 c. cake flour
2 c. granulated sugar (holy wow that’s a lot of sugar!)
3 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. + 2 T. butter, softened
3/4 c. nonfat Greek yogurt
4 T. milk
3 whole eggs
1 egg white
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. almond extract
2 c. cranberries
1/4 c. sugar

1/4 c. cake flour
1 T. softened butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. chopped almonds (or Hazelnuts)
1 t. cinnamon

For the Cake: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a Springform cake pan liberally with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour through salt.  In a small bowl, cream together the butter and yogurt. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat together eggs, milk and extracts.  Pour 1/2 of the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Then put 1/2 of the butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir together with a rubber scraper and repeat steps until all liquid ingredients, butter mixture and dry ingredients are combined.

For the cranberries: Chop in a food processor  if you have one. It makes it much easier! Add the sugar and pulse few times. Don’t pulverize the cranberries, just get them good and chopped.

For the topping: Mix together the melted butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Set aside.

Pour 1/2 of your batter into the prepared pan. Spoon and gently spread the cranberry mixture over the batter.  Top with remaining batter.  Sprinkle the topping over the top and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. It should be lightly firm when touched.

Let cool for about 15 minutes before inverting and releasing from pan. You may want to run a butter knife carefully around the edge before releasing so that nothing sticks to the pan. This cake is truly amazing warm so please serve it right away! You won’t be sorry.

39 thoughts on “A Cranberry Coffee Cake Celebration

  1. The coffee cake looks splendid. Really love cranberry’s festive colour.

  2. I want to make this! But I don’t think I can get my hand on that many cranberries here in Kuwait… without paying way too much. Could I make it with any other berry?

  3. This looks so beautiful – I would really like to try it with mixed berries!

  4. What a lovely coffeecake! I must make this! Ritchey and I love cranberries and the almond topping sounds delightful!

  5. LOL! I love it Geni! Congrats on getting back in your kitchen. It had to feel so good to have that new room all to yourself this morning. I tend to make big messes cooking too, which I don’t mind, but it’s the clean-up I hate. 😉 Now on to this beautiful cake…what else is there to say but FAB-U-LOUS! Mmmm. That looks good. 🙂

  6. OMG I am making this! I am on such a cranberry thingy, this looks amazing!!

  7. Geni, you are a hoot!! I love reading your posts, your antics and your fabulous desserts!! So happy for you back in your kitchen!! I don’t know how you did it for so long! This is awesome!! And when I have sleepover guests (you know, the ones you don’t want!) they are getting this for sure!!!

  8. YAY for new kitchen floors- can we see a pic of the floor in all of its glory? And you! Up at 5 am to bake- God Bless Ya. Send me some coffee cake- overnight please. Looks so good!

  9. this looks so yummy. great pictures. thanks for sharing

  10. I am so thrilled to know you now have a kitchen of your own in which to work your tornado magic again! And this, well, clearly this little beauty of a cake is a worthy inaugural dust-cloud maker if ever there was one. Of course I’d probably go for the full-fat Greek yogurt in the Martin Luther ‘sin boldly’ spirit, but only if it didn’t damage that poetry-worthy softness of crumb! Crummmmmmb. Ah, yes.

  11. Good golly woman, we just tried another one of your recipes with cranberries and this jumped to the top of the list too. Looks wonderful. Glad you have a kitchen to wreck again.

  12. Beautiful!!! I have a Christmas Cranberry Coffee Cake and this makes me want to make it! I can just imagine you standing amidst your disaster, smiling ear to ear! Congrats on your new kitchen…I am soo jealous!

  13. Your kitchen this morning sounds like our kitchen when I’m cooking…a beautiful crazy mess!

    I’m the coffeecake king in my neighborhood and I’ll have to definitely give yours a take.

  14. Mmm looks fabulous! I hope I can find a time to make this soon!

  15. It must be like a new playground for you. 🙂 The cranberry coffee cake looks delicious.

  16. I agree a clean kitchen stifles your creativity. Just functional thats all I ask. It would be great if we had a clean up crew to work right behind us in the kitchen just like on TV. Yeah, right!! Okay we will keep dreaming. Until then I have your cranberry coffee cake booked marked.

  17. That cake looks delicious. I may have to substitute the cranberries with something else but yum yum yum ….

  18. I’m pretty good at totaling a kitchen also, which is why I always try to time when I clean around when I don’t plan on baking. Just so my roommates know that I actually DID clean.

    I always find Cooking Light recipes to be a bit skimpy, so I’m SO glad you amped this up. Looks awesome!

  19. Glad to read that you kitchen is again yours to do with as you please, be that messy or clean. I love a Cooking Light recipe that calls for 2 cups of sugar! Can’t wait to try this one out!

  20. This looks so entirely awesome, I just might (read MIGHT) be willing to give it a try in lieu of my own newly beloved and incredibly simple Cranberry Christmas cake. Hmmmm, oh darn, maybe I’ll do a side by side comparison over Christmas while I have many mouths to feed!

  21. wait a sec, do I hear hallelujah bells ringing? or is that just you making all that racket? I almost forgot to say CONGRATS on the new kitchen!!! Enjoy it! I totally would have christened mine the saw way – albeit in a much less messy fashion. I am rarely a messy cook though; it kinda makes me twitch when I have loads of dishes to do later!

  22. Glad you have your kitchen back! This looks delicious!

  23. I kept hoping to see a picture of this epic mess. It’d make me feel better, since I tend to make a huge mess with flour and sugar whenever I bake. But that’s part of the fun! What a beautiful cake – you just can’t beat the color and flavor of cranberries for the holidays. And I love the alliteration in the title. 😉

  24. First off, Hallelujah!!! The floors are done!!! I am so, so happy for you!

    Secondly, Oooh, we do a Christmas morning breakfast and this would be perfect! Adding to my wish list right now. 🙂

  25. This looks and sounds like Christmas morning to me! Thanks for the idea!

  26. I have an extra bag of cranberries waiting in my fridge and now I know why they are there. I am going to make this cake this weekend! I might make loaves instead of a round cake. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

  27. Well, this is just cruel. Wanna drive me over a slice tonight? I’d be forever grateful!!! 😉 This looks fantastic. I need to get on the cranberry train now. And that’s what kitchens are for…they’re meant to be used!

    • It’s funny to think that I actually could. Everyone else wants me to ship it and that’s not very practical. 😉 Maybe we should meet for lunch sometime. Are you in Hollywood? Have you ever had brunch or breakfast at BLD? The brioche is so yummy.

      • We definitely should!! I’m in Beverly Hills ‘adjacent’….three blocks from BH. Close enough? haha. Yes, I’ve eaten there before…it’s SO good!

  28. Don’t you just love Cooking Light? Your cranberries in this cake look so bright and cheery. Great post!

  29. Your Cranberry coffee cake is absolutely great. This needs to be added to our Christmas breakfast, along with Chocolate Pancakes. We love to eat! The thing about a messy cook is you learn to clean up any mess in no time. That is a talent. This is my try at positive thinking.

  30. So glad you’re enjoying your new kitchen! It would be a damn shame after all that work if you then tip toed around it not using it properly.

    I’m with you on the mess factor. However it’s me and my clothes that get it. I can’t cook and not get flour down my front, batter in my hair and chocolate up my arms. My kitchen doesn’t end up so bad, but I look like a walking food fight. Consequently I now have a very pretty collection of aprons made by my boyfriend! When I pop in sometime to have some of this AWESOME cake I’ll get him to make you one too.

  31. This is FANTASTIC! I am SO bookmarking this! I’d have to make it without the cinnamon, but I bet the flavors would stand up! I think you and I are the same – I am a MESSY cook! However, Honey Bunny will sit on a stool with a book and watch me cook because he loves seeing me happy!

  32. I just love cranberries so naturally I am in love with this Cranberry Coffee Cake recipe. This simply turned out wonderfully.. Love this girl

  33. I did a kitchen reno a year ago, and I remember what thrill it was to get my kitchen back. Congratulations for living through it! Your coffee cake looks amazing.

  34. How could you not resist breaking in a “new” kitchen! This recipe looks great and love Cooking Light inspired recipes! Enjoy your weekend and your new kitchen!

  35. I would be surprised as well to see that kind of mess in the kitchen, but if that cake is there I guess it would balance out, that looks amazing

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