Delicious Coffee Cake Recipe Guaranteed to Impress Guests

Are you looking for a delicious and easy-to-make coffee cake recipe that will impress your taste buds and those of your loved ones? Look no further. I present to you the Cranblue Coffee Cake Recipe, a unique and flavorful blend of cranberries, blueberries, and coffee cake topped with crunchy walnuts.

This recipe is perfect for brunch, breakfast, dessert, or a mid-afternoon snack. It is moist, fluffy, and has just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy your cravings without leaving you feeling guilty.

The blend of fresh and frozen cranberries and blueberries adds a tangy yet sweet taste that will tantalize your taste buds with every bite. The ground cinnamon and instant espresso give it that classic coffee aroma and flavor that makes it stand out from other coffee cakes.

In this article, I will share with you step-by-step instructions on how to prepare this mouth-watering Cranblue Coffee Cake recipe that is guaranteed to impress your family and friends. So grab your apron, let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cranblue Coffee Cake
Cranblue Coffee Cake

Are you looking for a sweet and tangy treat to delight your taste buds? Look no further than the Cranblue Coffee Cake Recipe! This recipe is perfect for those who love the pairing of coffee and cake, with a burst of cranberry and blueberry flavors to add some fruity flair to your breakfast or afternoon snack.

What makes this recipe so special is the combination of fresh blueberries and cranberries that add a juicy burst of sweetness to every bite. The addition of ground cinnamon and walnuts give this cake a warm and nutty flavor that will make you want to savor every bite.

Furthermore, this recipe is versatile, allowing you to use either fresh or frozen blueberries and cranberries based on what you have on hand. It’s an excellent way to use up any leftover cranberries from your holiday feast or frozen berries from your summer haul.

With the perfect balance of sweetness, tanginess, and nuttiness, the Cranblue Coffee Cake Recipe will quickly become a favorite in your household. Serve it for breakfast, enjoy as an afternoon treat, or even bring it as a dessert for your next potluck party. Trust me; everyone will be asking you for the recipe.

So go ahead and try out this delicious Cranblue Coffee Cake Recipe. I guarantee that one bite, and you’ll be hooked!

Ingredient List

 Slice into this cranblue coffee cake and you'll find a burst of berries in every bite.
Slice into this cranblue coffee cake and you’ll find a burst of berries in every bite.

Here is the ingredient list you will need to make a delicious and flavorful cranblue coffee cake:

  • 1 cup softened butter (or margarine)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen blueberries)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (or frozen cranberries)

These are all the ingredients required to make this scrumptious cranberry coffee cake. Make sure you have them all on hand before you begin baking. All of these ingredients work together to create a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that will leave you wanting more!

The Recipe How-To

 I like my coffee cake with a side of coffee, and this cranblue one really hits the spot.
I like my coffee cake with a side of coffee, and this cranblue one really hits the spot.

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, let’s dive into the recipe. Follow these simple steps to make the Cranblue Coffee Cake and impress your loved ones.

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare a loaf pan by lightly greasing with softened margarine or butter.

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Step 3: Mix Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, cream together 1 cup of softened margarine/butter and 1 cup of granulated sugar, until light and fluffy. Beat in 2 eggs until they are completely incorporated, then stir in 1/2 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of instant espresso or strong coffee.

Step 4: Combine Wet & Dry Ingredients

Mix the dry ingredients with wet ingredients until everything is well incorporated.

Step 5: Add Cranberries & Blueberries

Fold in 1 cup each of fresh blueberries and cranberries OR an equal amount of frozen berries (fresh berries are better). Then fold in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Step 6: Pour Batter into Loaf Pan

Pour the Cranblue Coffee Cake batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Step 7: Bake

Bake in preheated oven for approximately 60-70 minutes, OR until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the center.

Step 8: Cool, Slice & Serve

Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from loaf pan. Slice and serve warm or room temperature, alone or with a dollop of whipped cream.

With these easy steps, you are now ready to share this delicious cranblue coffee cake with your family and friends. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Brunch plans? Make this cranblue coffee cake ahead of time and enjoy with friends.
Brunch plans? Make this cranblue coffee cake ahead of time and enjoy with friends.

When it comes to this cranblue coffee cake recipe, there are a variety of substitutions and variations you can try to change up the flavor or make it your own. First, you can try mixing up the berries – swap in raspberries for the blueberries or pomegranate seeds for the cranberries. You can even use frozen berries if fresh ones aren’t available.

If you want to make this recipe a little healthier, try substituting margarine or coconut oil for the butter and using greek yogurt or sour cream instead of milk. You can also use almond flour or whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.

For a more indulgent twist on this coffee cake, you can add chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, or shredded coconut to the batter. Or, drizzle caramel sauce over the finished cake for an extra touch of sweetness.

If you want to really take your cranberry coffee cake to the next level, consider making some homemade cranberry sauce to serve alongside it. Or, swap out the blueberries for other seasonal fruits like peaches or apples.

No matter how you choose to mix it up, this cranblue coffee cake recipe is sure to impress.

Serving and Pairing

 A slice of this coffee cake is like a warm hug on a chilly morning.
A slice of this coffee cake is like a warm hug on a chilly morning.

Once the cranblue coffee cake is baked and cooled, it’s time to enjoy it with a delicious beverage or side dish. This coffee cake is perfect for brunch, breakfast, or as a dessert. The cranberry and blueberry combination provides a tangy and sweet flavor in each bite that pairs exceptionally well with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

For those who love to experiment with different flavors, this coffee cake can be paired with a variety of beverages. Try serving it alongside cranberry orange juice, hot cocoa, or even a glass of milk. Alternatively, you could add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the warm cake for the ultimate indulgence.

When it comes to serving guests, this coffee cake always impresses. It’s a versatile recipe that works well for any occasion, whether it’s a holiday gathering or weekend brunch with friends. For added visual appeal, simply sprinkle some powdered sugar on top along with a few fresh cranberries before serving.

If you’re interested in pairing this coffee cake with food items, consider serving it alongside scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast or brunch. For an elegant dessert pairing, serve it with a side of whipped cream and fresh berries. Whether you choose to enjoy this coffee cake on its own or pair it with other dishes, the cranberry and blueberry flavors will definitely leave your taste buds wanting more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The combination of cranberries and blueberries makes this coffee cake the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
The combination of cranberries and blueberries makes this coffee cake the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Once you’ve baked your delicious cranblue coffee cake, you may want to consider making it ahead of time for convenience. This recipe is perfect for make-ahead preparation, as it can be easily stored in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

To reheat, simply remove the coffee cake from the fridge and let it come to room temperature for about an hour. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and place the cranblue coffee cake on a baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.

If you know you won’t finish your coffee cake within 3 days, try freezing it for longer-term storage. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil or place it in an airtight container and pop it in the freezer. The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Thaw the cranblue coffee cake overnight in the refrigerator before reheating as directed above.

Remember that this recipe can also be converted into muffins or cute individual-sized cakes if you’re looking to portion-control your desserts. Be aware that they’ll likely end up with shorter cooking time but always keep an eye on them while they cook.

The fact that this cranblue coffee cake recipe is versatile enough to be made ahead of time, frozen, reheated and portioned into individual cakes make it the perfect addition to any meal!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Fresh out of the oven and smelling heavenly, this cranblue coffee cake is calling my name.
Fresh out of the oven and smelling heavenly, this cranblue coffee cake is calling my name.

If you want to make the perfect Cranblue Coffee Cake, there are a few tips and tricks that can really help. Here are my top tips for getting your coffee cake to turn out perfectly every time.

First, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before you start baking. This will help everything mix together more evenly and will result in a better texture.

Another important tip is to not overmix the batter. Mix everything until just combined and no more. Over-mixing can lead to tough coffee cake.

When it comes to adding the fresh or frozen blueberries and cranberries, toss them with a bit of flour before adding them to the batter. This will help prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan while baking.

Using real butter can make a big difference in the flavor of your coffee cake, but if you’re looking for a lighter option, try using margarine or a mixture of margarine and butter.

For a stronger coffee flavor, add instant espresso powder to your batter or use brewed coffee instead of milk.

If you want to make this into a bundt cake or another shape besides a regular layered cake, be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Finally, when storing your Cranblue Coffee Cake, keep it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or freeze it for longer storage.

By following these simple tips and tricks, you’ll be able to make an amazing Cranblue Coffee Cake that everyone will love.


Now that you have all the information for making a delicious Cranblue Coffee Cake, it’s time to address some of the frequently asked questions. Here, I will provide answers to common queries regarding this coffee cake recipe. It’s essential to know these points before starting the baking process to ensure a successful outcome. So, let’s dive into the FAQ section and get some quick solutions to your queries!

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

Coffee cakes are distinguishable from other cakes by their inclusion of a sugary streusel topping and lack of frosting, save for a possible light drizzle. Many coffee cakes feature a streusel swirl or filling of delectable ingredients like fruit, nuts or chocolate.

What makes coffee cake taste like coffee?

Instant espresso powder is a popular ingredient among bakers looking to incorporate the rich flavor of coffee into their baked goods.

How do you keep coffee cake moist?

After serving the cake, make sure to store the leftovers in an airtight container to retain the moisture in the cake. However, if fondant was used, it might become soft due to its composition of sugar that quickly takes in moisture. Nonetheless, airtight storage is still essential in preserving the cake’s freshness.

Do you store coffee cake in the fridge or on the counter?

If you want your coffee cake to stay fresh, keep it in an airtight container at room temperature for no more than three days. Otherwise, you can extend its shelf life up to a week by refrigerating it. Alternatively, you can freeze it and store it for up to 3 months.

Can I add coffee to cake mix?

When it comes to making chocolate baked goods, including a bit of instant espresso or coffee can truly enhance the richness of the chocolate flavor. To achieve this, simply utilize strong coffee as a replacement for some of the water required in the recipe.

Bottom Line


After sharing with you this incredible recipe for a Cranblue Coffee Cake, I am confident that you are excited to give it a try. With fresh cranberries and blueberries, and the perfect blend of spices, this cake is not only delicious but also a showstopper that will impress your guests.

The versatility of this recipe is undoubtedly one of its greatest strengths; you can easily customize it with substitutions and variations depending on your preferences or what ingredients you have available. You can also pair it with coffee or tea, making it an excellent choice for breakfast as well as dessert.

With a little preparation before and after baking, you can also store this cake and reheat it when ready to serve in an airtight container. And if you have any questions or doubts about the process, make sure to check out our FAQ section for some helpful tips.

In conclusion, I firmly believe that this Cranblue Coffee Cake recipe is not only easy and straightforward but also produces outstanding results that will elevate your coffee game. So why not give it a chance to make your next mealtime memorable? I guarantee your taste buds won’t regret it!

Cranblue Coffee Cake

Cranblue Coffee Cake Recipe

This coffee cake blends two of my favorites -- blueberries and cranberries! If using frozen berries, you do not need to thaw them before folding into the batter. The recipe comes from the Catalpa Tree Bed and Breakfast.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 262 kcal


  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries or 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries or 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine or 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together 2 cups of the flour, and the granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl beat the eggs until frothy. Mix in the milk and oil.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, and mix.
  • Fold in the cranberries and blueberries.
  • Place the batter in a lightly greased 9-inch tube or bundt pan.
  • Mix together the remaining flour and the brown sugar, margarine, walnuts, and cinnamon and sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the top of the batter.
  • Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake in the pan for at least 10 minutes.
  • Serve the cake right (topping) side up.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 85gCalories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 35.8gProtein: 4.5gFat: 11.6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 37.4mgSodium: 254.2mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 15.2g
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