Cranberry Buckle

A coffee cake filled with cranberries and finished with a perfectly crumbly and buttery topping.

[Peeps! Although I posted this recipe about a year ago, this delish cranberry buckle is finally having it’s moment in the sun and is participating in a cranberry collab with a bunch of other cranberry-inspired treats made by a whole bunch of lovelies. The list of all the participants is at the end of this post! XO]

Thanksgiving is behind us, I get it, but you may still have a bag of cranberries in the freezer, or maybe even a half-filled one, bound with a rubber band, in your fridge’s veggie drawer. And if this is the case, might I suggest you put them to good use in this cranberry buckle. A buckle is a coffee cake, but with a much better name, a generous handful or two of berries or chopped fruit, and a copious (ie: perfect) amount of crumbly, buttery topping.
Cranberry Buckle Recipe | Jessie Sheehan BakesI love a buckle for its name, but I make them over and over again (see here for another buckle o’mine) for their easy assembly and popularity amongst house guests (and picky family members with whom I live). I am particularly fond of a cranberry buckle, as the cranberries are the perfect tart counter to the sweet, vanilla infused, and tender cake. Cranberry Buckle Recipe | Jessie Sheehan BakesI think eating cake studded with burst cranberries might be one of life’s greatest pleasures, just saying. Here’s to hoping you, your holiday house guests, (and any picky eaters that you cross paths with on the regular) feel similarly. Now go enjoy this cranberry buckle!

Below is the list of participants in the cranberry collab. Go peruse all of their deliciousness. You will not be sorry!

Square Meal Round Table’s Cranberry Orange Streusel Pie

Easy and Delish — Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip

Flottelottehaan Buchteln with Cranberry Oranges Jam

The Cooking of Joy’s Cranberry Curd Tart

Ciao Chow Bambina – Cranberry Pecan Cracker Spread

Baking The Goods – Cranberry Apple Brown Butter Crumble Pie

Katiebird Bakes – Cranberry Sauce Breakfast Rolls

Crumb Top Baking’s Cranberry Orange Overnight Oatmeal Muffins

The Baking Fairy – Vegan Cranberry Apple Bundt Cake

You Can Live Rich On Less – Cranberry Cherry Tarts

Bappy Girl –

Ronnie Fein – Baked Goat Cheese with Honey Sauce and Cranberries:

Lemon Thyme and Ginger

Cranberry Agua Fresca with Mint and Lime:

Cranberry Pie with Dried Figs and Cashews:

Susannah Chen’s Cranberry Pico de Gallo

Katherine in Brooklyn: Cranberry Cinnamon Buns

Pie Girl Bakes: Dark Chocolate Chunk Cranberry Cookies

Le Petit Eats: Dark Chocolate Tart with Cinnamon Sugared Cranberry

Prickly Fresh’s: Cranberry Crostini with Prosciutto & Port Salut

Zestful Kitchen: Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Curd

Cranberry Buckle Recipe | Jessie Sheehan Bakes
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Cranberry Buckle

A coffee cake filled with cranberries and finished with a perfectly crumbly and buttery topping.
Recipe Author Jessie Sheehan


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter cold
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 cups 3 Tbsp cake flour
  • generous 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups of cranberries
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour sifted
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream


  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees. spray and paper and spray again a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. set aside.
  • cut the butter into small cubes. set aside.
  • place all of the dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and whisk to combine. add the butter, and using your hands, incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients, until a variety of different sized crumbs form (some big, some not) and there is no more loose flour or sugar. place the crumble in the refrigerator.
  • place the cranberries in a medium sized bowl and lightly spray with cooking spray. toss with 2 tablespoons of the all-purpose flour until all of the berries are coated. place in the freezer til ready to use. if cooking spray is not your thing, you can skip it. i call for it, as it helps the flour to stick to the cranberries, and thus prevents them from sinking.
  • place the remaining all-purpose flour and all of the cake flour, the baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine.
  • place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. cream the butter on medium-high until smooth. stop the mixer, scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula, reduce the speed to medium, and add the vanilla, and then the sugar gradually, stopping the mixer and scraping down the bowl periodically, if needed, until all of the sugar is added.
  • increase the speed of the mixer to medium-high, and cream the butter and sugar for at least 5 minutes until quite light and fluffy, stopping and scraping, occasionally, if needed. reduce the speed to medium, add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  • reduce the mixer speed to low, and add the dry ingredients in three installments, alternating with the heavy cream, and beginning and ending with the dry. scrape the bowl after the second addition of the dry. stop creaming all together when the batter still has a bit of dry flour throughout.
  • remove the bowl from the mixer and add three cups of the cranberries. using a rubber spatula fold the berries into the batter. transfer the batter to the prepared pan, smoothing the top, and place the pan in to the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes (this stint in the fridge, also prevents the berries from sinking to the bottom of your buckle).
  • remove the pan from the fridge and sprinkle the top with the remaining cup of cranberries. cover the berry layer with the crumble, pinching the crumble between your fingers to form large crumbs.
  • place the buckle in the preheated oven and bake for about 50 - 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with only a moist crumb or two. rotating the cake halfway through the baking time.
  • let the cake come to room temp before slicing it and serving. or don't, and serve it warm with a dollop of whipped cream. the cake is very moist and will last on the counter for a few days, tightly wrapped. the slices also freeze well and can be reheated in a 350-degree oven, wrapped in tinfoil.
  • when making this buckle, i had some berry-sinking issues. that is why i recommend freezing the cranberries, spraying and flouring them, placing the batter in the fridge to chill before baking, and why i have you sprinkle a cup of the berries right underneath the crumble.

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