Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake

This Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake is loaded with tart cranberries, a brown sugar crumb topping, and drizzled with a sweet orange glaze. It’s a fabulous coffee cake that’s perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a snack any time of day. 

Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake on platter

This recipe is from a fun new cookbook Out of the Box Holiday Baking,  written by my sweet friend Hayley Parker, who blogs at The Domestic Rebel. This is Hayley’s third dessert cookbook. Hayley’s Out of the Box concept is to start with a boxed mixed or other convenience ingredients, and turn it into an extraordinary dessert.  

Out of the Box Holiday Baking by Hayley Parker

There were so many fun treats in the cookbook, it was hard to choose which one to bake first. The Polar Bear Cookies are super easy and adorable. The Sugar Cookie Christmas Trees on the cover would be so fun to make and decorate with kids.

However, I’m a huge coffee cake lover, so I couldn’t resist make the Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake. (Is coffeecake one word or two – dictionary.com lists it as one word but Websters lists it as two. How do you like to spell it?) 

Making a Orange Cranberry Coffee Cake

This coffee cake is loaded with tart fresh cranberries you could use frozen if fresh cranberries are out of season. Hayley recommends adding frozen berries to the batter without thawing.

You can also used dried cranberries instead of fresh cranberries. The cranberry flavor wouldn’t be as prominent but it would still be a great coffee cake.  

How to turn a crumb cake out of the pan.

The original recipe used a 9-inch springform pan. But since I have a coffee cake / tube pan that I love, I decided to switch it up and make it in my coffee cake pan

It can be a little tricky turning the cake out of the pan the first time you try it.  So I took the above step by step photos of how to do it. Use a rimmed baking sheet to catch the crumbs that fall off. 

Of course, if you prefer, you can serve the coffee cake right from the pan. 

Orange glazed cranberry crumb cake

Decorating Tip

After you’ve turned the cake out of the pan onto a serving platter, you’ll drizzle the top with a sweet orange glaze. You can spoon the glaze over the top of the cake. However, I love to decorate the top with a fun pattern.

I’ll fill a Ziploc bag with the glaze. Snip off a corner of the bag and drizzle lines across the top of the cake. Put a little puddle of the glaze on the edge, so it can drip down the side. 

If the glaze doesn’t drip down, your glaze may be a little too thick – add just a little bit more liquid. If it runs down the side too quickly, just add a little more powdered sugar to the glaze.

You can do a test drip on the edge to see if your glaze is the right consistency before putting the glaze in the Ziploc bag. 

A slice of Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake

My family loved this crumb cake. It was moist and tender and flavorful, with just the right amount of crumbs on top. I’m sure your family will love it too. 

Be sure and check out the other recipes I’ve posted from Hayley’s first two cookbooks, M&M Cookie Dough Brownie Bomb Cake, and Joyful Almond Macaroons

Yield: 8 - 12 servings

Cranberry Orange Crumb Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • FOR CRUMB:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • FOR CAKE:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Zest and juice from one medium orange
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • FOR GLAZE:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray with flour.
  2. Prepare crumb topping: In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, 8 tablespoons melted butter and stir until moistened. Fold in the chopped nuts. Set aside.
  3. Prepare cake batter: In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract, orange zest, orange juice, and sour cream. Add flour mixture and mix just until combine. Fold in the cranberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Crumble the crumb mixture evenly over the cake batter, covering it completely.
  6. Bake for 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  7. Just before serving, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over the cake, then release the cake from the pan and cut into slices.

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More coffee cake recipes you might like:

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake, Barbara Bakes – one of the most popular recipes on my site
Pumpkin Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake, Barbara Bakes
Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake, Noble Pig
Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake, The Domestic Rebel

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