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Christmas Cranberry Cake Recipe

Red tray with baked cranberry cake

Fresh, in-season fruits are scarce during the winter months, so we're always searching for new ways to use the ever-abundant cranberries supermarkets are stocking right now. This dish is a great choice to bring to holiday gatherings, as it is so pretty with the bright red berries. The tartness of the cranberries is balanced out quite nicely with the sweetness of the cake, so it's tasty too!

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
With a mixer, beat a few eggs with two cups of sugar until slightly thickened and light in color, about 5-7 minutes. The mixture should almost double in size. This mixture should form a ribbon when you lift the beaters out of the bowl. Add ¾ cups softened butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix a couple more minutes. Stir in two cups of flour until just combined.

Red apple colander filled with cranberries

Just look at those bright, beautiful berries! Yum! We washed the cranberries with this equally bright red fruit colander.

White dish with batter and a red spoon

Add the cranberries and stir to mix throughout. We used this cheerful spoon to stir and smooth the mixture in a buttered pan.

Golden Brown Cranberry Cake

Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean. Just look at those red festive berries!

Cranberry Cake pieces on a red serving tray

Let cool completely before cutting into slices. Check out this bright serving tray that matches the cranberries, and sets a festive tone - whether you bring your cake to a party, or simply want to serve it at home.

Cranberry Cake pieces stacked

Bars of Cranberry cake stacked

Baked Cranberry Cake on a red serving tray

Or you can display your cake on this modern tray. Incorporate it into your tablescape with sprigs of evergreen and pinecone from your backyard. Festive, fast, and free! Enjoy!

Christmas Cranberry Cake Recipe Instructions

Christmas Cranberry Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 15 servings

Ingredients

A stack of Cranberry Cake pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon wvanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. With a mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until slightly thickened and light in color, about 5-7 minutes. The mixture should almost double in size. This mixture should form a ribbon when you lift the beaters out of the bowl.
  3. Add the butter and vanilla; mix two more minutes.
  4. Stir in the flour until just combined.
  5. Add the cranberries and stir to mix throughout.
  6. Spread in a buttered 9x13 pan.
  7. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Let cool completely before cutting into slices.