Cranberry Christmas Cake has only a handful of ingredients and comes together in a snap! A moist butter cake bursting with flavor is speckled with tart sweet cranberries. It is truly the most perfect holiday cake. This simple recipe will be on your dessert table again and again!
Cranberry Christmas Cake
I made this cake for Christmas last year and my nieces literally picked the pan clean. It is sooo good.
All of my social media networks have been flooded with fall flavors and I tell you cranberries have been screaming at me. After seeing this cranberry cake on my friend Mary‘s blog and Taste of Home I had finally had enough. I had to try it!
I was so excited, at long last Munchkin and I stepped into the kitchen to make this cake. Just a few ingredients and it came together so fast. Cranberry and almond flavors are bursting out of this moist simple buttery cake that will whisk you away to a winter wonderland.
As I took my first bite I knew this was THE cake of the season. Perfectly flavored and a crowd pleaser. Even my picky family loved everything about this cake and I am sure you will too. Want cranberry cookies instead, try these shortbread cookies
WHERE TO ORDER:
- If the almonds start getting too browned, you can tent a piece of aluminum over the pan for the remaining cooking time.
What you will need:
- Electric Mixer –
- 9×13 Baking Dish- I have my favorites and this set is one of them. The 9×13 is perfect for casseroles and the smaller size is awesome for making 1/2 a casserole recipe.
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
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- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries, or frozen and thawed
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×13 baking pan. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and eggs for 5 minutes with an electric mixer on medium. The volume of the mixture will increase by almost half and will be thickened. Do not skip this step. The eggs will work as the leavening the cake needs to rise.
- Add butter and extracts and beat for 2 more minutes. Slowly add flour and beat until combined. Fold in cranberries.
- Using a spatula, pour and smooth into prepared pan. Sprinkle almonds over top.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting.
- Serve and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published 11/21/13
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