Today is a simple, quick Saturday post, seeing as it’s the Saturday before Christmas and hopefully you aren’t having to brave the shopping malls. But if you are out there braving the holiday madness, you have my condolences and when you get back, there is coffee cake to cheer you up. As there should be.
This particular cake is easy to prepare, features the lovely, beautiful cranberry – perfect for December – and the streusel topping is very special because it utilizes cocoa powder to give the cake a chocolate-y crunch. A welcome change-up from usual coffee cake streusel!
This cake batter is very thick, which yields such a moist end result. This would be perfect to make the day before or morning your guests are to arrive and keep it around all week for general grazing purposes. It’s such a festive and delicious coffee cake, everyone will love it. Enjoy!
COCOA STREUSEL TOPPING:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp ground allspice
1 stick (8 tbs) unsalted butter, melted
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp kosher salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plain Greek yogurt, either 2% or full fat, not fat-free
Zest of 1 orange
3 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped (I used my food processor for this)
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×13” baking pan. Set aside.
First make the streusel topping. Add the flour, sugars, cocoa powder, and allspice in a medium bowl. Use a fork or whisk to stir in the melted butter until well combined. Set aside.
Now make the cake. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream together with a hand mixer until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Now add one third of the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until fully incorporated. Add one third of the yogurt and mix on low until fully incorporated. Repeat, alternating between the dry and wet ingredients until all have been added. Add the orange zest and beat quickly to combine.
Use a rubber spatula to fold in the cranberries until evenly incorporated. Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan, smoothing it out to an even layer. Evenly sprinkle the cocoa streusel on top, making sure to get the outer edges too. Bake for 60 minutes, until a metal skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 30 minutes, then serve warm or at room temperature.