Monday, November 28, 2011

Cranberry-Almond Coffee Cake

I made this delicious coffee cake for the start of Advent. Fresh cranberries are readily available at this time of year and very festive, and almond is a traditional flavoring in many holiday treats—especially Swedish ones!


Cranberry-Almond Coffee Cake

1 8-oz. package fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. almond extract
4 eggs
2 1/4 c. flour (divided!)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 c. frozen cranberries
3/4 c. sliced or slivered almonds
confectioners’ sugar

  1. Butter and flour a Bundt pan. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream the cream cheese and butter until well blended. Cream in sugar until light and fluffy. Add extracts and mix well. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  3. Combine 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt in another bowl. Add to batter and mix thoroughly.
  4. Stir cranberries and almonds in a bowl with the final 1/4 c. flour in a separate bowl. Fold into batter.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 65-75 minutes until tester comes clean. Let cool on rack 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.
  6. Dust cooled cake with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

This is a fantastic treat to bake ahead, because it lasts, covered at room temperature, for several days. Enjoy!


  1. Thank you for this recipe--I plan to try it this weekend! I always appreciate your recipe posts---for my son's 4th birthday a few weeks ago I made your moist chocolate cake with a buttercream frosting. (I used the buttercream one you listed but used butter instead of crisco) We had a family party and one on his actual day, so for the other cake I made your "James'" birthday cake and made a cocoa frosting for it. I also make your Hungarian coffee cake for holiday morning breakfasts and for Sunday school breakfasts. It is always well loved! Your cake recipes are all wonderful--thank you for posting them! Blessings, Holly Norris

  2. Bethany, I just saw your new ticker!! So excited for you!!!


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