Cranberry Coffee Cake

T-minus three weeks until Christmas and I’m starting to share some ideas for how you can make your holidays a little extra special–starting with a yummy coffee cake you can make ahead for your guest. I love this cranberry coffee cake. It’s pretty. It makes your house smell good. And the best part is that it’s good for breakfast, as a side to a beautiful holiday lunch salad, or as a treat after a lovely Christmas dinner.

Note: My cute sweatshirt comes in a couple of colorways and is from Pasquesi Home & Gardens. It’s just perfect for a holiday morning, a girls’ night, or a fun hostess gift.


What You Need

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, patted dry
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Powdered sugar

What You Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  2. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. Mix remaining 1/4 cup flour with cranberries and nuts; fold into batter. Batter will be very thick. Spoon into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 65-70 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar. Decorate your serving plate with extra cranberries and holiday greenery.

Enjoy! Please let me know if you decide to make this.


Photo of me by Elizabeth Kelley

Disclaimer: Pasquesi Home & Gardens is one of my favorite local places to shop all year and has paid to collaborate with me on my shop local gift guide this holiday. I’m so grateful to Pasquesi’s and to all of you for supporting my partnerships.

My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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