Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cake

by Dorothy Reinhold on November 18, 2020

Print This Post Print This Post Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cake bakes up like a dream, with tart berries in a lightly sweet almond-scented cake, topped with nutty streusel.

Cranberry Breakfast Cake bakes up like a dream, with tart berries in a lightly sweet almond-scented cake, topped with nutty streusel.

Cranberry cake for breakfast is the best idea you can have and take action on during the month of November. Hop to it as soon as you see cranberries in the store. 

This rustic cake is chock full of ruby red, fresh cranberries enrobed in a delicious cake perfumed with almond, capped off with my beloved streusel. If a coffee cake has streusel on it, I want it.

Easy Fresh Cranberry Breakfast CakeIt’s among the best fresh cranberry recipes I have ever made. And I’ve made a lot of them in my decades of baking. So…that’s what I’m saying…make it or regret it.  

How to make Cranberry Breakfast Cake

Ingredients for Cranberry Breakfast CakeFirst, gather all your ingredients, as usual. This ensures you have everything you will need.

Ingredients for streusel toppingAdd the streusel topping ingredients to a mixer bowl.

Mixing the streuselI use the stand mixer to make the streusel.

Use a pastry blender to mix the streuselYou could also cut the butter in with a pastry blender, or a simple fork, so do it whichever way you like. I most often do it with a mixer.

Set the streusel asideMix the almonds into the streusel and set it aside in a little bowl.

Cranberries and almonds go into the cakeMake the cake in the same mixer bowl (don’t wash it!) by stirring the cranberries and almonds into the dry ingredients.

Stir cranberries into the flourStir to coat them.

Pour wet ingredients into the bowlThen mix in the wet ingredients.

Batter will be verrry thick!

Sprinkle streusel on topSprinkle streusel on top.

Cake is ready for the ovenCranberry Breakfast Cake is ready for the oven.

Cranberry Breakfast Cake baked and out of the ovenThis makes a great dessert, too, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or some lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Let’s go! Carpe diem and whip this baby up. You want this Cranberry Breakfast Cake to be ready for tomorrow’s breakfast, right?

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Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 6-8

Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cake

Fresh Cranberry Breakfast Cake bakes up like a dream, with tart berries in a lightly sweet almond-scented cake, topped with nutty streusel.


  • Topping
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds (or chopped pecans)
  • .
  • Cake
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (or chopped pecans)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
  • Finishing: coarse sugar crystals (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350F degrees. Mist a 9- or 10-inch pie dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Make the topping: In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles crumbs. (You could also do this with a pastry cutter or a fork, if you want to do it by hand.) Stir in almonds. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Make the cake: In a 2-cup glass or plastic measure, microwave the butter to melt it. Set aside to cool slightly. In same mixing bowl you used for the topping (no need to clean it), combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Stir in cranberries and almonds and toss to coat.
  4. To the cup with melted butter in it, add eggs, almond and vanilla extracts, and lemon zest and whisk with a fork to combine. Pour butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it to be even. Sprinkle the topping over evenly, and finish it with a sprinkle of coarse sugar crystals if you like.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and cool at least 30 minutes before cutting to serve. Can serve warm or at room temperature. I actually prefer this at room temperature.
  7. Serves 6-8.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Note: You can use frozen cranberries in this, but note that the batter will be very thick when you stir it together, and you may need to add a couple of minutes to the baking time. This makes a great dessert, too, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or some lightly sweetened whipped cream.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen December 4, 2023 at 9:44 am

I made this for our Thanksgiving guests and not a morsel was left. It was a hit and will make regular appearances on my breakfast table throughout the season.


Dorothy Reinhold December 7, 2023 at 2:11 pm

I’m so happy to hear your guests loved it! YAY!


Christie December 24, 2020 at 4:49 am

Two words I love in the same sentence is breakfast and cake! This looks super delish with all that flavor and crunch there on top.


Sandra McCollum November 23, 2020 at 12:18 pm

This is so delish! Everyone at my house enjoyed it!


Dorothy Reinhold November 23, 2020 at 10:51 pm

Yay! I am so happy to hear that! Thanks for coming back to tell me!


Catalina November 21, 2020 at 3:30 am

What a great a idea for our Sunday family brunch! It sounds amazing!


Julie November 20, 2020 at 1:39 pm

This is in the oven now. Do you think it would freeze well?


Dorothy Reinhold November 20, 2020 at 11:03 pm

Yes, I think it can freeze. I haven’t ever frozen it, but I would do it.


Julie November 21, 2020 at 8:06 am

Thanks Dorothy – it’s absolutely delicious by the way! Everyone loved it. Will make another to keep in freezer while the cranberries are fresh.


Dorothy Reinhold November 22, 2020 at 3:20 pm

Love this freezer strategy!


Beti | easyweeknightrecipes November 19, 2020 at 9:12 am

The perfect breakfast treat!! I am so excited to try it!


katerina @ November 19, 2020 at 9:11 am

WOW! This is such a fantastic treat!! I would love to wake up to this every morning!! YUM!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert November 19, 2020 at 1:48 am

This Cranberry Breakfast Cake looks incredibly delicious!


Long November 19, 2020 at 1:41 am

This cake has become a family favorite – I kind of feel guilty not letting you know sooner! It will make a nice afternoon treat!


Radha November 18, 2020 at 7:01 pm

Looks so delicious. Can’t wait to try this.


Cathy November 18, 2020 at 6:21 pm

Looks like breakfast perfection to me.


Cindy November 18, 2020 at 6:08 pm

Warm spices, almonds and all those cranberries, I’m in!


Amy (Savory Moments) November 18, 2020 at 5:02 pm

This cake looks fabulous! I love the almonds in with the cranberries.


Haley Williams November 18, 2020 at 4:06 pm

Love cranberry desserts for the holidays! This one looks so good


Beth November 18, 2020 at 12:28 pm

My husband and daughter are going to love this for breakfast! So excited to give this a try! Looks so delicious and yummy!


Karen November 18, 2020 at 11:45 am

This looks scrumptious! I need this for my breakfast.


Wendy Klik November 18, 2020 at 11:05 am

I just love all the flavors of this cake. What a great addition to a holiday brunch.


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