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Cranberry Streusel Cake
© Lucy Schaeffer

Cranberry Streusel Cake

  • ACTIVE: 45 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • MAKE-AHEAD
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Cranberries usually appear on the holiday table as a condiment, but here they flavor a delicious cake, topped with a crumbly, buttery oat streusel.

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Batter

  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  7. 3 large egg yolks
  8. 1/2 cup sour cream
  9. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Filling and Topping

  1. 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (10 ounces)
  2. 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  3. 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  6. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  7. Pinch of salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  9. 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  11. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  12. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  13. 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9-inch-round springform cake pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using an electric mixer at low speed, beat in the butter until it looks like coarse meal. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sour cream and vanilla. Beat the egg mixture into the dry ingredients at medium-low speed just until incorporated, about 1 minute. Scrape the cake batter into the prepared springform pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the cranberries with the lime juice, zest, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, salt, black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Spoon the mixture over the cake batter.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, oats and brown sugar, then stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the chilled butter until it resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle the topping over the cranberries and bake the streusel cake for about 1 hour, until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely, then remove the ring and serve.
Make Ahead The cranberry streusel cake can be kept covered at room temperature for up to 2 days.