Cranberry Tea Cake

"This was originally from the "Moosewood Sundays" cookbook and was an instant hit around here...part coffeecake, part dessert - yummy! I've never had almonds in the house, but can vouch that it's great even without them. I've added in a bit of orange rind to the cranberry mix before too, to give it a nice zing. I have always used a Bundt pan...makes for a very pretty presentation for breakfast, brunch, tea, dessert, or gifts, especially around the winter holidays."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
1 cake




  • Coarsely chop cranberries.
  • Combine cranberries with brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg; set to the side.
  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add vanilla, sour cream, and eggs; mix thoroughly.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Stir into egg mixture just until moistened.
  • Pour 1/2 of batter into greased Bundt pan or 8" round cake pan.
  • Spread 1/2 of cranberry mixture over the top.
  • Repeat with remaining batter and cranberries.
  • Bake 50-60 min at 350.
  • Remove from pan and cool on rack.
  • Dust with powdered sugar.

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  1. Kathy
    Wonderful! I used a bundt pan, but next time would use a tube pan. The cranberries are so pretty on the "bottom" and it would be nicer to serve the cake with that side showing. I also included 1 tsp. fresh orange zest per your suggestion.
  2. Hey Em
    Every fall I stock up on cranberries, freeze them, and use them throughout the year. I was looking for new recipes and came across this one. It was so delicious, and since there's fruit in it, we ate it for breakfast. In order to bring out the flavor of the cranberries, I used a teaspoon of orange extract and a tablespoon of orange zest. I also lightened the cake up by replacing the butter with half a cup of oil. Will definitely make again!!
  3. ulana101
    I madethis cake today, I baked for 35 min in 4 mini loaf forms. I covered two cakes with orangIe glaze and two I dusted with powdered sugar. I love the cake, but for my husband it was way too much cranberries but he said it was good.. The cake was very easy to make, I will make it again.
  4. Chefette2u
    Excellent cake, very easy to follow recipe directions! I made it in several loaf pans; plus I added about 2 Tablespoons of orange zest, as this actually does enhance the cranberry filling. Also had to adjust it for High Altitude and it still came out just fine. Will make this again for sure! Thank you, for posting this recipe!
  5. Little Annie
    This cake was delicious! It did not come out as beautiful as in the picture, but I blame that on my oven... But it did taste great! My mother gave me a recipe for a sourcream coffee cake from the "cake bible" which is similar, but a lot more time and bowl consuming and the results are just as good! So I will use this simpler recipe from now on! The cranberries went really well in this sweet cake. I am very impressed and I think I will make this cake many times again. Thank you for posting!


  1. CharliesMommy
    My step daughter brought home a pre packaged cranberry walnut cake from a local store. It was really good, but I am sure homemade would be better. I am going to try this recipe this week with walnuts instead of almonds. I will also make a powdered sugar/milk glaze to drizzle on top. Thank you so much for such a great recipe from all the previous reviews it must be a winner. I will rate it after I make it.
  2. erinn in tbay
    my family and company loved this cake. i used ground hazelnuts instead of almonds and added some wild blueberries to the cranberry filling-yum!! i also added about 2-3 tablespoons of almond paste to the butter when i creamed it with the sugar-yum, yum!!! i think next time i will try it without the cinnamon, or maybe less cinnamon. this is definately a new family favourite. love it!!!
  3. Judy from Hawaii
    This is a lovely cake for the holiday season. I brought it to a potluck & it was a hit. Although I liked it with the almonds, I think dd probably won't & so next time, I will use orange rind & more cranberries instead of the nuts. Thnks, winkki



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