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Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake
9 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)


  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 pint sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 1 can (8 ounces) whole cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Cream margarine and sugar. Add unbeaten eggs. Mix together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Add flavoring. Grease an 8-inch Bundt pan. Spread a layer of batter in the bottom of the pan, then scatter a layer of cranberries (one-third of the can). Swirl with a knife. Repeat layers of batter, then cranberries, swirling each layer with a knife. Sprinkle remaining cranberries on top, swirl, and cover with nuts. Bake 50 to 55 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.



  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring


Add a little warm water so topping will drizzle from spoon. Pour over warm cake.
Updated Thursday, June 6th, 2002

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6 Responses to Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake

  1. Janet Matteucci August 3, 2002 at 5:11 pm #

    I use this recipe all the time at my B&B. It is a big hit.

  2. Loni Ivey March 19, 2003 at 3:25 am #

    The best!!!!! All I have to do is make this for relatives and they will do anything!! I cant say much more — it tastes soooo good!

  3. November 8, 2003 at 9:47 pm #

    About 5 or 6 years ago I was searching for something appropiate to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner and found this recipe. I am forever asked to bring this cake with me when I am invited somewhere. I have been for this recipe more often than any other cake recipe.

  4. Ellen Ouellette August 21, 2004 at 1:29 pm #

    Everyone loved this cake, but I wasn’t sure which was the top, or which was the bottom. Should you turn it upside down so that the nuts are on top ? Should it be nade in a tube pan instead ?

  5. Sal Rizzo March 24, 2005 at 9:31 pm #

    This cake went over so great at my card club,they all wanted the recipe. It improved the taste of my coffee.I made it again for our Sunday brunch. Guess what! I have to get more recipe copies. Maxine R.

  6. Barbara Oberlin October 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    I wasn’t sure about this recipe when I read it but I gave it a shot. We ate it warm from the oven: what bliss! It’s a wonderful breakfast cake or a divine slice to have with tea in the evening. I substituted unsalted butter for the margarine and used toasted pecans instead of walnuts.

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