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Cranberries are a deliciously tart fruit, and good for more than a certain side dish on the Thanksgiving table! We love throwing them in desserts, especially this amazing crumb cake.

Cranberries are such a fun fruit to bake with because they lend their tartness to whatever they’re baked in and transform your dessert into something beautiful and tasty. This crumbly dessert is sweet and fruity, and the buttery topping really pulls the whole thing together. For a decadent family breakfast or a surprise to bring to any party hosts, to be shared at the end of a fun night, this dessert is perfect for any occasion!

Cranberry Crumb Cake

Serves 10-12



  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 stick cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and lightly grease a 9 or 10-inch pie dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, orange juice, canola oil and vanilla extract and mix together.
  4. Gradually stir egg mixture into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. In a third bowl, stir together cranberries, remaining sugar and orange zest, and toss together.
  6. Make the crumb topping by combining flour, sugar and salt in food processor or a bowl. Next, add in cold butter. Pulse until mixture is coarse and crumbly or cut butter into flour using a pastry cutter or your hands.
  7. Pour cake batter into pie plate and spread cranberries evenly on top. Then gently sprinkle crumb topping over the fruit.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and edges begin to pull away from the pan.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

    Optional: sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Recipe adapted from Hungry Couple NYC

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