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Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed cup of coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.

If you love the sweet and tart taste of fresh cranberries, you’ll definitely want to make my Cranberry Orange Bread!

cranberry coffee cake on plate

I was so excited about getting my new coffee maker that I wanted to make a sweet treat to go with it and my husband suggested coffee cake. Normally, his suggestions can be pretty far out there, but sometimes he picks a real winner. Yes – coffee cake. Why didn’t I think of that? Of course, I had to put my own spin on it plus I had to use up the extra cranberries in my refrigerator, so that’s how we ended up with Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake.

pouring cup of coffee in front of homemade cake

Can you imagine how good this would be on Thanksgiving morning? Or on Christmas morning? Or on Sunday morning? Or right now?

top view of cranberry coffee cake and coffee

And you simply can’t have coffee cake without an excellent cup of coffee, right? Right.

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Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake

Prep20 minutes
Cook1 hour
Total1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Serve up this sweet homemade Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee for the perfect breakfast this holiday season.





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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap the outside of a 9 inch springform pan with aluminum foil to prevent leaking. Sift together the flour, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then add cranberries, pecans, and orange zest, stir, and pour into bottom of springform pan. Do not overcook the sugar mixture.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto serving platter and carefully remove pan. Serve warm.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I think cranberries and pecans are a match made in heaven! They are so tasty together! Can’t wait to try this cake!

  2. 5 stars
    What a lovely dessert and perfect for fall! Looking forward to wrapping up Thanksgiving with this dessert this year!

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! This cake is delicious, and perfect for dessert or breakfast. It has such a great flavor and was super easy to make!