Walnut Street Cafe's holiday babka with cranberries and candied orange

The glazed chocolate babkas have been big sellers since the Walnut Street Cafe opened this year in Cira Centre South. This month, pastry chef Melissa Weller has added a seasonal loaf to the bakery’s regular offerings.

Weller, of New York, whose babkas and sticky buns have been praised in N.Y.C. media, created a cranberry orange variation for customers to add to their holiday tables. The babka is made with ricotta and cream cheese, which gives the cake a light, flaky crumb. Covered in a cinnamon-buttermilk glaze, the loaf contains bits of candied orange and bursts of tangy cranberries that add a light, vibrant touch.

The chocolate babkas are available year-round for $15. The cranberry orange loaves are available through Jan. 1. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance, and can be done by calling 215-867-8067.

Cranberry orange babka, $18 at Walnut Street Cafe; 2929 Walnut St.; walnutstreetcafe.com.