Better than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread

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This Better Than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread has all the bells and whistles of the original cranberry bars, but in an irresistible pound cake form. Skip the coffee shop and stay home and bake!

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My better than Starbuck’s cranberry bliss bread is one of the best perks of fall!

I delight in everything about this season, and even though it’s a cliche, I still get a warm rush when Starbuck’s brings out the pumpkin lattes. But I think everyone can agree that while their coffee is pretty fantastic, their baked stuff has taken a nosedive in recent years. There was a time when I was happy to splurge on maple oat nut scones and pumpkin breads, but not anymore. Now I grab my coffee solo, because I know I’ve got an even better treat waiting for me at home.

cranberry bliss bread, sliced

The base of this ‘bread’ is a rich buttery cake made with part whole wheat  flour and studded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. The thick vanilla frosting is covered with more cranberries, and then the whole thing is drizzled with white chocolate. It’s fun, festive, and way better than the dried out squares in the case.

a slice of cranberry bliss bread

A slice of cranberry bliss bread, broken aoart

tvfgi recommends: the perfect loaf pan

Loaf pans can be surprisingly tricky to work with because they come in all kinds of sizes and most recipes aren’t specific about the dimensions. This is the classic 1 1/4 pound, 9×5 loaf pan that is your best bet for most recipes. USA pans are my favorite because they’re sturdy, and made here in the US.

I recommend having at least 2 loaf pans in your collection because some recipes are formulated for 2 loaves.

cranberry bliss bread, frosted

Part of the appeal of the cranberry bliss franchise is that gorgeous top. It just screams holiday! It’s a yummy combination of a creamy white frosting, drizzled white chocolate, and sweet/tart cranberries for a pop of color.

TIP: some white chocolate can be tricky to melt. Adding a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate before melting can help prevent it from seizing. Go low and slow, whether you melt it in the microwave, or a double boiler on the stove.

cranberry bliss bread, sliced on a wooden table

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Better than tarbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bread 4
3.29 from 257 votes

Better than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread

This Better Than Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bread has all the bells and whistles of the original bars, but in an irresistible pound cake form. Skip the coffee shop and stay home and bake!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Yield 8
Author Sue Moran


  • standard 9x5 loaf pan



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick 1/2 cup, 113 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries plus a handful more for scattering over the frosting
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • milk or cream to thin


  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut or vegetable oil


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Whisk together the flours, soda, powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla.
  • Gently mix in the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
  • Fold in the cranberries and chocolate chips.
  • Turn the batter into a greased standard (9x5) loaf pan. I like to line it with a sheet of parchment paper to make it easy to remove the cake after baking. Bake for 55 minutes to an hour until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it. Don't over bake, check it early. Let the cake cool before you frost it.
  • To make the frosting mix the sugar with enough milk or cream to create a thick spreadable consistency.. Blend in the vanilla. Spread over the top of the cooled cake. Scatter with dried cranberries.
  • Make the chocolate drizzle by melting the chocolate and the oil in a small (clean and dry!) microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir to melt. If necessary microwave for another few seconds, but be careful not to over do it.
  • When the chocolate is smooth, take a spoon and drizzle it all over the top of the cake in a criss-cross pattern.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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    Maria Mainero
    December 12, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Very good! It freezes nicely. I added some cardamom and orange zest to my batter for extra yum.

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