Boozy Cranberry Tangerine Coffee Cake

Let’s raise our glasses….OR our plates, since we are celebrating with a boozy cake today!  There is a little a lot of Grand Marnier in each element of this fun coffee cake!

When talking with a manager during a food safety audit this week, we were discussing alcohol.  Random right?  I don’t even know how the conversation started for that matter, but hey I learned something new….so BONUS!  He was sharing about a spirit called B and B, apparently comparable to Grand Marnier.  AND since we all are discovering today that I love adore Grand Marnier.  My goal now, to find some of this delicious alcohol…..AND maybe make another coffee cake….maybe!!!

When grocery shopping, I SQUEEE’d when I found cranberries in the produce isle.  Cranberries are my all time favorite, and so this time of the year pretty much makes me do a little dance.  My hubby is not a cranberry fan, so more for me WOO HOO!!!  One of my favorite sides during Thanksgiving and Christmas is homemade cranberry relish/sauce.  My grandma makes a rockin’ cranberry sauce, I will have to share it with you all this year!  Be prepared for several cranberry recipes in the coming months!

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Boozy Cranberry Tangerine Coffee Cake

A moist cake full of happy dance flavors!

25 minsPrep Time

45 minsCook Time

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Streusel Top:
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup Florida Crystals pure cane sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup cold butter
Coffee Cake:
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup almond milk
2/3 cup Grand Marnier
1 cup Florida Crystals pure cane sugar
2 eggs
2 cups fresh cranberries
Zest of two tangerines
1 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp fresh tangerine juice
2 tsp Grand Marnier


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease with cooking spray a 12 inch springform pan (or use a 9 x 13 inch square pan.)

In medium bowl - mix together ingredients for streusel top - flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cold butter. Mix with hands, and break up butter, streusel top will be crumbly.

In medium bowl - mix together coffee cake batter dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Sit aside.

In medium bowl - mix together coffee cake wet ingredients - almond milk, Grand Marnier, sugar, eggs.

Mix together wet and dry ingredients, add in zest of tangerine.

In greased 12 inch springform pan, spread out half the batter, then add cranberries, next add half the streusel topping, then spread out remaining batter, and remaining streusel topping.

Bake for 45 minutes, depending on oven. Let cool for about 20 minutes before adding glaze.

For glaze - you want the glaze loose, so will run off sides of cake slightly. In small bowl, add 1 cup powdered sugar, then add 1 tsp Grand Marnier, and 1 tsp fresh tangerine juice, add more of each liquid if needed.

Drizzle glaze on cake, and enjoy!


This cake was tasted tested by several people, and each one gave a thumbs up!!!!  I kinda think I need to make more now, after looking at the pictures I am sooooo hungry!

What is your favorite holiday side dish?

Do you love cooking/baking with cranberries?

Cheers my friends, and congrats Megan!!!!

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  • Catherine
    B & B is made by monks! It's on my shopping list too. Your cake looks delish! I'm going to try it. Thanks for all you do for us home cooks!
    • Your words mean a lot, thank you so much! The cake really is fun, and so full of flavor:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I JUST started liking cranberries and cranberry sauce about three years ago! So many yars wasted avoiding them because I thought they tasted like poison lol This cake is the bomb diggity with the booze and berries. Is B&B really made by Monks?
    • Just three years ago, oh my word! You have A LOT of catching up to do, LOL! From what I read the Bénédictine was made by the monks, but B & B which is Bénédictine and Brandy is not....I could be off a little on that:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • This coffee cake looks so good! And you know I'm always up for a little booze in my baking, or is it while I'm baking - wink, wink...
    • LOL, be warned, this cake has more than a little booze in it:-) I hope you enjoy, Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen
    Oh my goodness, this boozy cranberry tangerine coffee cake just made so hungry. This looks divine! Perfect ender to a holiday meal. Must bookmark this and will try to make one soon. Thanks for sharing, Terra! Hugs :-)
    • Awww, Thank you so much!!! Sending hugs your way, Terra
  • ShesCookin
    B & B stands for Benedictine and Brandy - it is definitely a warming liqueur like Grand Marnier. Love your boozy coffee cake - the cranberry and tangerine combo is delicious!
    • Thank you for sharing what B & B is, I look forward to trying it VERY soon! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • so much yum in one cake!!
    • LOL! So true:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    I love booze for baking. This is a fantastic combination, I love grand marnier and tangerine!
    • It really is a fun combination! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • kitchenriffs
    B&B is a combination of Bénédictine & Brandy. I'd buy a bottle of Bénédictine, so you can make your own B&B. It's similar to Grand Mariner in that both are sweet and have a brandy (cognac, actually) base, but it doesn't have the same orange flavor that Grand Mariner has. Worth trying, however - Bénédictine alone has has a terrific flavor, although it's sweet. Adding the brandy in the B&B makes it much less sweet, and easier to drink as a before or (usually) after dinner drink. Anyway, this has nothing to do with this terrific coffee cake! I love cranberries and Grand Mariner, so I know I'd love this. You can't beat the combo of cranberry and orange, IMO. Good stuff - thanks.
    • lol I loved reading through your comment John. I make you my new Alcohol expert.
      • LOL Helene! John is truly a alcohol expert in my book:-)
    • Thank you so much John for your info! I will for sure have to look for the delicious alcohol! Thank you again, Take care, Terra
  • That cake is one of dreams my friend, this looks incredible :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru
    • Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • I love baking with cranberries...but have to find some friends to help me eat whatever I whip up. The ol' hubby is not a fan! Loving the dripping drizzle and the citrus paired with cranberries.... irresistible!
    • I bet all your friends would love this fun recipe:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • The Café Sucré Farine
    I love the cranberry and tangerine combination and with the Grand Marnier it must be amazing!
    • Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Soni Sinha
    Love the cranberries and tangerines in here!!Boozy cake sounds like a great idea at this time of the year :)Would love to try a bite with my coffee right now :)
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • YUM. You had me at boozy. lol Ok, nevermind the entire cake looks DEEEEELISH!
    • LOL!!!!! Seriously, I totally understand:-) A boozy cake for sure brings everyone together:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • This cake looks absolutely gorgeous! And I love the combination of orange and cranberries. Mmm.. Plus booze? We have a winner! :D
    • Mmmmmmm...That's good booze too!!! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Simply divine Terra! Love cranberries, yes, but tangerine are my all time favorite fruit since my parents always had a tree. My kids and I will head to their house late November and pick buckets of the yummiest tangerines . Sending loads of #cranberrylove your way this month :-)
    • Oh wow, fresh tangerines, that would be amazing! Enjoy making lots of fun treats with your family! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • you had me at boozy and cranberry.. the cake crumb looks gorgeous!
    • LOL! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Hotly Spiced
    I wish we could buy fresh cranberries here but unfortunately they're not available. I love the look of your boozy cake - it looks so delicious with that drizzled icing and the cranberries just spilling out of it. Tell your husband I'll eat his share! xx
    • No fresh cranberries, that makes me sad:-( You could soak dried cranberries in Grand Marnier to puff them up, and they would taste awesome:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • [email protected]
    ~Slurp~ Drooling on myself!! I want that cake in my face!! I do love cranberries...can't wait for that sauce on Thanksgiving Day. :)
    • LOL! You make me giggle:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Wow! That is one good lookin' coffee cake!! I adore the orange and cranberry flavors and all those hidden cranberries in the center. Yum!
    • Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Your coffee cake is gorgeous, Terra! I love the cranberry and tangerine combo!
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • justonecookbook
    Very nice, cranberries and tangerine combination. I love coffee cake, and I usually eat blueberry ones, but I'd love to try your cake. I admire of your icing drizzled on the cake so perfectly....
    • I say, it is time to try another fun coffee cake recipe:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • 2/3 cup of grand marnier?! now that's my kinda cake! berries + booze - who could possibly say no to that! :)
    • LOL, I always say if you are going to go for it, just go all the way! 2/3 cup is pretty fantastic, and sooooo delicious:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Girl, this cake looks amazing. I'm on board with any cake with the word booze in the title. Mmm, not just any booze, but Grand Mariner. Yum! I'm a huge fan of cranberries, too. Something about their tartness that drives me wild.
    • LOL! I have to agree, Grand Mariner pretty much ROCKS! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Do tell me more about that B&B! I love grand marnier, who doesn't right? You just reminded me that I need to hunt for some here in goa. Oh what a wonderful looking cake, you got me all drooling over my keyboard. =P
    • Just above Kitchenriffs shares what B&B is, and I cannot wait to try the delicious alcohol! Thank you so much, Hugs,Terra
  • Jamie
    I think cake with booze is a great way to get that gentle kick of alcohol and all the flavor without...drinking! And oooh I love cranberries and even spend a pirate's ransom here in France to get fresh Oceanspray cranberries! Your cake looks fabulous!!!
    • Thank you so much!!! oxox
  • justonecookbook
    I love coffee cakes and usually enjoy blueberry coffee cake. But now you open my eyes to new flavor - cranberry and tangerine! Hmmmm that sounds so yum!!!! I'm not much of a drinker but I don't mind having some booze in the cake!
    • Thank you so much! oxox