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Easy Cranberry Coffee Cake

This post is sponsored by the United Soybean Board through Kitchen PLAY. All opinions expressed are my own. 

This Easy Cranberry Coffee Cake recipe is so simple to make. It makes a delicious treat for a Sunday brunch or a tasty evening snack. 

Easy Cranberry Coffee Cake

Although it is officially spring here in Maine, the winter weather has been lingering. One of my favorite things to do on a blustery and cold day is spend time in the kitchen baking. As I was rummaging around the freezer to decide what to bake, I found a bag of frozen cranberries left over from the holidays. So, I decided to use them in a favorite coffee cake recipe of mine. This delicious cranberry coffee cake was so easy to make. It made a fabulous after school snack for the kids too!

What ingredients are in the Easy Cranberry Coffee Cake?

There are just eleven ingredients in this quick and easy coffee cake recipe. You will need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Soybean Oil 
  • Milk
  • Frozen Cranberries
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon

Flour, cranberries, oil, milk, butter, eggs and cinnamon on a white background with a blue and white striped towel.

What is soybean oil?

Soybean oil is a vegetable oil. In fact, most of the vegetable oils that you will find at the grocery store are made of 100% soybean oil. It is the most widely used edible oil in the United States. 

Are there any health benefits to using soybean oil?

Yes, there are a number of benefits to using this healthy oil. Soybean oil is an excellent source of alpha-linolenic (ALA) omega-3s. It is one of the few non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which is recognized as the #1 most healthy fat. It contains zero trans-fat and just 2 grams of saturated fat per serving. It is considered a heart healthy oil because it may be able to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. In 2017, the FDA authorized the claim that “Supportive but not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 1 1/2 tablespoons daily of soybean oil, which contains unsaturated fat, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. To achieve this possible benefit, soybean oil is to replace saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.”

Why else should I use soybean oil?

Besides all of the wonderful reasons to use soybean oil for your health, it is also a good choice from an environmental perspective as it is sustainably grown. 95% of U.S. soybean producers partner with the USDA to implement conservation practices. These environmentally friendly practices like crop rotation and no-tilling lead to a reduction in soil erosion, greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy use and improved water efficiency. With all of these great benefits, I try to use it as much as I can in my baking and cooking!

Soybean oil with an arrow showing it.

How do I make the Easy Cranberry Coffee Cake?

Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and set aside. Then, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and stir until combined.

Glass bowl with flour and spoon in it.

Next, add the eggs to a large mixing bowl and beat the eggs with a whisk until they are frothy.

Eggs whisked in glass bowl with whisk in it.

Add the soybean oil and milk to the eggs and whisk until well combined. Then, add the dry ingredients from the small bowl to the egg mixture and stir until well combined.

Flour and eggs in a glass bowl.

Fold in the cranberries to the coffee cake batter.

Cranberries on top of coffee cake batter in a glass bowl.

Spread the mixture into a loaf pan and set aside.

Overhead shot of cranberry coffee cake in a loaf pan.

Prepare the topping by placing the flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon in a small bowl. Use a fork or your fingers to mix the topping ingredients together until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Topping for coffee cake in a glass bowl with a fork in it.

Then, spread the brown sugar/flour/butter mixture over the top of the coffee cake batter. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour on center rack until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the loaf.

Baked cranberry coffee cake in loaf pan on a wire rack.

Cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack before removing from loaf pan. Use a sharp or serrated knife to cut the cranberry coffee cake into slices of desired thickness. Serve and enjoy!

Sliced cranberry coffee cake on a wooden cutting board with a knife and blue and white striped towel beside it.

Easy Cranberry Coffee Cake

5 from 9 votes
Print Rate
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coffee Cake, Cranberry Coffee Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 slices
Calories: 272kcal


  • 9x5 Loaf Pan




  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl stir together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs until they are frothy.
  • Add the soybean oil and milk and mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients from the small mixing bowl into the egg/oil/milk mixture. Stir until combined.
  • Fold in the cranberries.
  • Spread the mixture in the prepared loaf pan.
  • Put all of the topping ingredients into a small bowl.
  • Use a fork or your fingers to mix the ingredients together until they resemble coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the topping mixture over the batter.
  • Bake for 60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool for about 30 minutes on wire rack before removing the loaf from the pan.
  • Cut into slices of desired thickness, serve and enjoy!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2mg

A slice of cranberry coffee cake on a white plate.

So Tell Me…

Have you ever made a Cranberry Coffee Cake? Did you know that most vegetable oils at the grocery store are 100% soybean oil? Were you aware of all of the health benefits of soybean oil? Will you use soybean oil more frequently now in your baking and cooking?

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week!



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Recipe Rating


Monday 6th of April 2020

I love cranberries but I don’t eat them often. This looks so delicious!

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Thank you!

Fransic verso

Sunday 5th of April 2020

This looks delicious and would be perfect snack with a cup of tea. We usually do these type of cakes because it doesn't include a lot of sweets. Would love to try this soon!

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

It is great with afternoon tea!

Karen Monica

Sunday 5th of April 2020

I love cranberries and this coffee cake looks super yummylicious. I am craving for a slice now.

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Thank you, hope you get to make it!


Sunday 5th of April 2020

I haven't made any coffee cake before. one simple reason why! I hate coffee! Seriously cannot stand the stuff! Love soy though!

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Oh boy! Coffee cake is not made with coffee, it is just meant to go with coffee :-)


Saturday 4th of April 2020

Looks absolutely amazing and perfect for an afternoon treat!

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

It is great with afternoon tea!