Delicious Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes Recipe

Attention all coffee lovers! Are you ready to indulge in a sweet and tangy treat that will leave your taste buds wanting more? Look no further, because I have the perfect recipe for you. This Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake is the ultimate combination of creamy tanginess and irresistible sweetness that will bring out the best flavors in every cup of coffee.

As a barista, I know how important it is to have the perfect companion to your morning cup of joe. This recipe is ideal for those who love the taste of cranberry and cheese combined into one delicious pastry. The moist cake with a scrumptious crumb topping melts in your mouth, while the cranberry cream cheese swirls perfectly complement the flavor of the cake with a tangy twist.

Made with fresh ingredients such as whole berry cranberry sauce, cream cheese, flour, and sugar, this recipe is easy to whip up in no time. The aroma of freshly baked goods in your kitchen will entice your senses and leave your entire household craving more.

Whether you’re looking for a unique dessert to impress your guests or craving something sweet on a brisk afternoon, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. So, grab a cup of coffee and let us dive into this Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake recipe that will leave you feeling satisfied and indulgent.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes
Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes

Hey, coffee and cake lovers, let me tell you why you’ll love this Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe. It’s not your average coffee cake recipe, it’s a perfect blend of tangy and sweet that you will crave for again and again. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you for giving them such an amazing treat.

Firstly, let’s talk about the ingredients! The creamy cranberry cream cheese filling and the all-purpose flour and sugar cake batter take this recipe to another level. The combination of lemon peel and whole berry cranberry sauce gives it a unique tangy flavor that will satisfy your cravings in seconds.

One thing you’ll absolutely appreciate is how easy it is to make these cakes using fast-rising yeast. You only need one mixing bowl, 1 cup of milk, 2 eggs at room temperature, 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, and 2 tablespoons of shortening. Wait! That’s not all; with only a few extra ingredients like baking powder and soda, salt, sugar, and water, you can bake this fantastic cake effortlessly.

Moreover, if you’re looking for a special dessert idea for Christmas or Thanksgiving leftovers cranberry sauce or fresh cranberries, look no further – the creamy cranberry cheese filling will add an exciting twist to any recipe!

Finally, what I love the most – this Cranberry-Cheese Cake is not only a tasty dessert but also a perfect morning snack paired with your hot steaming delicious coffee or tea.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to impress yourself with this indulgent coffee cake recipe that will leave everyone asking for more. Go ahead and try it out! You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 A perfect balance of tart cranberries and creamy cheese in every bite.
A perfect balance of tart cranberries and creamy cheese in every bite.

Let’s talk ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious and festive Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes Recipe:

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fast-rising yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup whole berry cranberry sauce

Cheese Filling Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • zest of one lemon

Topping Ingredients

  • cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • powdered sugar

Double-check that you have everything on this list before starting to make the deliciously creamy Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes.

The Recipe How-To

 These coffee cakes make for a great breakfast on-the-go!
These coffee cakes make for a great breakfast on-the-go!

Now, let’s dive into the most critical part of this recipe, the How-To.

Step 1: Make the Dough

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or using an electric hand mixer, beat together 1 cup of unsalted butter and 1 cup of granulated sugar until creamy. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, and beat well. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture in parts, alternating with ¼ cup of whole milk.

Step 2: Prepare the Filling

For the filling, in another mixing bowl, blend together 8 oz of cream cheese, softened, with ½ cup of sugar until smooth. Add in 1 can (14 ounces) of whole berry cranberry sauce, and mix well.

Step 3: Assemble the Cake

Roll out half of the dough on a large floured surface about ¼-inch-thick. Place it into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish so that it overhangs on each side of the dish slightly. Spread the cranberry cream cheese filling evenly over the dough. Roll out the other half of the dough like before and place it atop cranberry filling.

Step 4: Rise and Bake

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 60 minutes so that it doubles in size. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Then remove plastic wrap from dough and bake for 35-40 minutes until light golden brown.

Once done, remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack before slicing into bars.

There you have it! Your deliciously sweet Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes are ready to devour! Pair them with hot coffee or tea and enjoy the goodness!

Note: This recipe yields a large cake, perfect for entertaining or large gatherings. If you prefer, you can make two smaller coffee cakes by dividing the dough and filling in half. You can also sprinkle powdered sugar on top of your finished product or add some fresh cranberries for an extra pop of color and flavor!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect treat to pair with your morning coffee.
The perfect treat to pair with your morning coffee.

Now, let’s get creative and explore some substitutions and variations for this delicious Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes recipe!

If you prefer a different type of fruit, you can substitute the cranberry sauce with fresh or frozen berries, such as blueberries or raspberries. You could also try using dried cranberries or other dried fruits for a different texture and flavor.

For a twist on the cream cheese filling, try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract or some lemon zest to give it a bright, citrusy flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even swap out the cream cheese for a different type of cheese, like goat cheese or ricotta.

Alternatively, you could experiment with the toppings and add-ins of this coffee cake. For some extra crunch and texture, try sprinkling some chopped nuts on the top of the cake before baking. Or, drizzle some caramel sauce over the cake right before serving for an extra touch of sweetness.

Another variation to consider is turning this recipe into individual portions by baking these cranberry-cheese coffee cakes in muffin tins instead of a large cake pan. Serve them at your next brunch gathering or as a grab-and-go breakfast.

And finally, this recipe is equally delicious as it is versatile. Use leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and turn it into something new and creative! Pair with an aromatic cup of cranberry coffee or choose any other brew that suits your taste buds.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and textures when making this delicious cranberry-cream cheese coffee cake, let your imagination run wild!

Serving and Pairing

 Nothing beats a freshly baked Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake.
Nothing beats a freshly baked Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake.

The Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake is truly a blissful delight for any dessert lover out there. These baked treats are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even as an afternoon snack. The soft texture and creamy taste will melt in your mouth like butter, leaving you wanting more.

When it comes to serving and pairing this delicacy, the options are endless. Serve it with a hot cup of coffee or tea to help enhance the flavors of this sweet treat. You can also drizzle some fresh cranberry orange sauce over the cake for an extra zingy kick.

For those who love some dairy on the side, a dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream sprayed with some cranberry syrup makes for a decadent addition. To perfect that balance of sweetness in flavor, pairing it with a glass of milk brings about that sense of childhood nostalgia.

If you find that serving and pairing them with beverages is not your forte, try serving them as part of a larger brunch spread along with bacon and eggs or mini quiches! This is guaranteed to leave you coming back for more while impressing everyone with your culinary skills at the same time.

In summary, Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake is the ultimate treat that elevates your coffee break to new heights. It’s versatile enough to be served as part of any meal of the day or even as a snack between meals. Experiment and let your creativity flow while finding out how best to serve and pair this delicious Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sweet and savory flavors combined to perfection in a single bite.
Sweet and savory flavors combined to perfection in a single bite.

Listen up coffee cake lovers, because I have a game plan for you. These cranberry-cheese coffee cakes can be stored, reheated or even made ahead to simplify your holiday morning routine.

If you want to make these cakes ahead of time: after they cool sprinkle the top with a little powdered sugar, then wrap them tightly in cling wrap and put them in an airtight container. These cakes store well for up to 2 days at room temperature, and up to one week in the fridge. When ready to serve, you can reheat them in the oven or microwave.

When reheating in the oven, preheat it to 350°F (180°C), place the cake slices or whole cake on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes till just beginning to brown on top. Easy!

But if you need to reheat quickly, simply pop the slice of cranberry cream cheese cake into the microwave, they take less than one minute if they are at room temperature, but slightly longer if they are cold straight from the fridge. No worries though – I promise they will still taste like they were freshly baked!

Another smart tip is that if you have leftover cranberry sauce from your holiday meal prep, use it as a perfect topping on this cake. And if you’re feeling fancy and want to try something new, drizzle cranberry-orange sauce over the top instead of syrup — it’s out of this world! You can also sprinkle fresh or dried cranberries on top to enhance that fruity flavor profile even more.

Make sure to follow these tips for proper storing and reheating and enjoy your festive cranberry-cheese coffee cake long after the holiday cheers have faded away.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect brunch addition for any gathering with friends.
The perfect brunch addition for any gathering with friends.

Okay, let’s get real. Making a perfect Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake is not easy. If you’ve attempted this recipe before, you know that it takes time, patience and skills to get it right. But don’t worry my coffee-loving friends, because I’m here to give you some insider tips that will guarantee perfect results every single time.

First things first, always read the recipe instructions carefully before starting. This may sound obvious, but trust me when I say that many people skip steps, misread measurements or misinterpret key information.

Next, make sure to use high-quality ingredients. Using cheap or old ingredients can ruin the taste and texture of the cake. Always use fresh flour, yeast, eggs and milk for the best possible results.

Speaking of ingredients, use room temperature butter and cream cheese. This will make them easier to mix and blend with other ingredients without lumps forming in your cake batter.

When mixing the cake batter, keep in mind to beat mixture thoroughly until it is smooth and creamy. You don’t want your Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake to come out dry and lumpy.

One key tip that many people overlook is to add baking powder and baking soda at the right time! Make sure you add both leavening agents at different stages of mixing the cake batter for a perfectly risen cake.

When it comes to adding cranberry sauce to the filling, try switching out regular cranberry sauce for a cranberry-orange blend or adding fresh or dried cranberries for extra flavor.

Lastly, although tempting as it may be, don’t cut into your Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake immediately after taking it out of the oven. Let it cool for a while so that all flavors meld together; warm cheese crumbly goodness plus warm cranberry bliss equals well-deserved indulgence!

So there you have it – my top tips for making a perfect Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cake recipe. With these tips and tricks, you’re sure to impress your friends and loved ones with your baking prowess. Happy baking!

Bottom Line

Coffee cakes are a delightfully delicious dessert that can satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. If you’re looking for a new recipe to try, the Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes Recipe is a must-try. With its creamy cheesecake filling and tangy cranberry sauce swirl, this coffee cake is sure to become a family favorite.

As a barista, I highly recommend giving this recipe a go. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it’s also versatile – allowing you to experiment with different fillings and toppings to make it your own. Plus, the leftovers taste just as good the next day!

In conclusion, whether you’re hosting a brunch with friends or just want to treat yourself to a delicious dessert, this coffee cake recipe won’t disappoint. So go ahead – grab your apron and get baking!

Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes

Cranberry-Cheese Coffee Cakes Recipe

These cakes have been a standard holiday ritual for a very long time. I have made them for church bake sales and for gifts. The recipe yields 2 cakes, so you can keep one for yourself, and be generous with the other! This is a lovely cake served with a cup or tea or coffee, or for brunch!
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Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cakes
Calories 2447.7 kcal



  • 3 1/2-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope fleischmann's fast rising yeast (Brand name is RapidRise)
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel or 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk


  • Mix 2 cups of the flour, 1/3 cup sugar, the salt, and yeast in a large bowl. Heat shortening, water and milk to 125 to 130 degrees (shortening may not be melted); stir into flour mixture. Mix in egg; beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Mix in enough of the remaining flour to make dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, 3-5 minutes. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make cream cheese filling: Mix cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 3 T. flour and egg yolk until smooth and fluffy. Set aside.
  • Grease two 9-inch round pans. Mix cranberry sauce with lemon peel or almond extract (your choice); reserve.
  • Divide dough into halves; roll each half into 15-inch circle. Fold into fourths; place in pan with point in center. Unfold; press dough against side, allowing edge to hang over edge of pan. Spread half of the cream cheese filling over dough in each pan; top each with half of the cranberry sauce. Make cuts at 1-inch intervals to about 1/2-inch above filling around outside edge of dough. Twist strips and fold over sauce.
  • Beat egg white with hand beater until foamy; brush over dough. Sprinkle each cake with 1/4 cup almonds and 2 T. sugar. (At this point, coffee cakes can be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours; rising time may be slightly longer.) Cover and let rise 45 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes; cool slightly.

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Serving: 1780gCalories: 2447.7kcalCarbohydrates: 362.5gProtein: 45.5gFat: 93.9gSaturated Fat: 34.6gCholesterol: 309.5mgSodium: 1699.5mgFiber: 12.5gSugar: 175.3g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Christmas, Dessert, Fruit, Thanksgiving
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