Christmas Morning Coffee Cake

Christmas Morning Coffee Cake
Christmas morning is a time to indulge, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a fresh-out-of-the-oven coffee cake. You’ll be hard-pressed to decide which you like more—the soft, fluffy cake bottom or the cinnamon-pecan topping.
  • Serves: 16
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes–1 hour



  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon minced crystallized ginger
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for the pan
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 6-cup tube pan.
  2. For the streusel: In a small bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pecans. Set aside.
  3. For the cake: Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until combined.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. On low speed, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the sour cream in 2 batches, beating until combined. Add the orange zest and beat to incorporate.
  5. Spread half of the batter in the tube pan. Sprinkle half of the cranberries then half the streusel over the batter. Cover with the remaining batter, streusel, and cranberries.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Let the cake cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, then transfer to a serving plate. Slice and serve.
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