Secret Recipe Club: Cran-Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

It's Secret Recipe Club time of the month again! It's only my second month of participation but it has already become on of my favorite parts of keeping this blog. I look forward to the surprise of seeing what other people will create, and I find so many new blogs that I never would have known existed otherwise. So far I'm 2 for 2 in finding recipes to add to my regular rotation as well.

This month's recipe comes from  Authentic Suburban Gourmet, a blog run by Bay Area native Lisa. By day she's an executive, but by night (and weekend) she's a self taught home cook and overall foodie. Her blog is filled with plenty of great recipes and wonderful restaurant reviews that made me more than a little homesick for Berkeley/San Francisco. 

I had a hard time deciding between recipes this month. The Caramelized Apple Skillet Cake and the Cranberry Orange Bars all looked delicious. But I ended up choosing her Cranberry Streusel coffee cake. Like her, I buy a few bags of cranberries and put them in the freezer to have all year. I knew I wanted to use some of those cranberries on this recipe. 

I changed a few things in this recipe to fit the ingredients he had in our house on that lazy Sunday morning. I substituted Greek yogurt for sour cream, which made it a little more dense but still quite good. I also used used half apples and half cranberries because we have 10 pounds of apples in the fridge from our CSA box that really need to get used. I also used a different streusel recipe because I was running out of butter, but it's all essentially the same. Thanks for the awesome recipe Lisa!

Cran-Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 apple, peeled and cored (I used a pink lady)
Ingredients for topping
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup AP flour
  • 4 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • pinch of salt 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Cream together butter and sugar for the cake. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the yogurt, vanilla and almond extract
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add that to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Fold in cranberries and apples and spoon into a prepared 9 inch pan.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together all ingredients for topping until a crumbly mixture forms. Sprinkle over the top of the coffee cake
  5. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about an hour until cooked through. Let cool completely before serving. 

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  1. I love streusel cake!! This sounds incredible. I miss cranberries and I've always meant to buy extra to freeze but have never done it. I've heard tales about cranberries in the frozen section but have yet to find them...though I haven't looked very hard I admit. Great job on your cake - I'd totally hit that. :D

    1. Thanks! I've never looked for cranberries in the freezer section, but I'm not sure if I would trust my luck. Glad to liked this post

  2. I LOVE streusel cakes in all forms, and this one looks a winner! Great SRC pick, Karen

  3. What a delicious cake, Stephy! This is ideal both for breakfast as well as as a dessert treat.

    1. It was great for breakfast that weekend and it was an awesome dessert with tea the next day too. I'm glad SRC only happens once a month. We would get too fat off delicious foods like this if it was more often.

  4. I love streusel un cakes this look absolutely delicious!!

  5. Oh yum! This looks wonderful!

  6. As soon as I saw Cranberry I knew I was hooked. I've loved streusel cakes ever since I was a wee one, now I think I'm falling in love again.

  7. What a great addition that cranberry must be. Looks wonderful!

  8. I like that this uses Greek yogurt. It looks delicious!

  9. LOVE cakes with streusel on top and apples inside.

    1. The apple flavor isn't really big in this cake, but it does add a little extra something :-)

  10. We have been on a coffee cake kick in my house. This one sounds great!

  11. Stephy- what another great looking recipe. I bet this coffee cake would be nice to make ahead and freeze into slices for individual servings as well.. So I wouldn't eat the whole thing myself in a week! :-) also, I had your lemon cooler recipe this month and it was fantastic to keep ahead in freezer and perfectly quick for company to serve up delicious cookies.

    1. Heather, thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed my cookie recipe. I'm sure this cake would have frozen well, but it never made it to the freezer... oops.


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