The Holidays scream everything Cranberry, so why not a sweet, tart and tasty Cranberry Christmas Cake Recipe to celebrate! This untraditional cake, is best served in 1 inch bite size squares and so fun to include on a Dessert Charcuterie Board too.

Cranberry Christmas Cake
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This recipe is adapted from Barefoot in the Kitchen. I love all things cranberry and this cake is a hidden gem recipe that I have loved.

Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake doesn’t need a glaze or frosting. The baking process will make a delicious sweet and flakey topping on top. The cranberries will burst open and the cake is sweet enough to balance the tart for a fun cake recipe.

In our home we love Holiday Traditions, which include Christmas Cookies of all shapes and sizes. Who doesn’t love a fun Snowman Cookie, Reindeer Cookie or my favorite an Eggnog Cookie. Add this cranberry cake to your cookie board for a fun treat.

Cranberry Christmas Cake

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Fats: Butter

Dry Ingredients: Flour, Sugar

More Ingredients: Eggs, Almond Extract, and Fresh Cranberries

How to make Christmas Cake

Preheat oven to 350F Degrees. I use a 9×13 inch greased pan. You could try using a couple loaf pans if you wish or even smaller square or round pans which would be perfect for gifting to the neighbors.

In a mixing bowl or use a Stand Mixer cream sugar and eggs together. I love using my Bosch Universal Plus mixer. I can turn it on and let it cream and whip these ingredients together.

Cream for 5+ minutes allowing the eggs to really get light and fluffy. This will also help give the cake some lift too.

Then add softened butter and Almond Extra and cream for another couple minutes. Add All Purpose Flour until just combined and stir in whole fresh cranberries. The mixture is thick, almost like sticky cookie dough.

Cranberries in cake batter recipe

Spread batter into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan or line baking dish with parchment paper. You can also split between two smaller cake pans too.

Optional – I like to sprinkle a couple tablespoons of sugar on top of cake before baking to create a light and flakey top.

Sprinkle Sugar on top of Cranberry Christmas Cake

Bake at 350F Degrees for 45-50 minutes. Check by using a toothpick in center and it should come out clean or with only a couple large crumbs

Allow cake to cool, cut into 1 or 2 inch squares and serve

Store cake covered for 5-7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Variations

There are a number of fun variations to try and all are delicious. Try adding White Chocolate chips to the batter for an extra sweet taste. Throw in 2 Tablespoons Orange Zest to the batter before baking. It not only smells fantastic but gives a fun zest of flavor.

Spread on top a Cream Cheese Frosting is a fun addition as well or a quick dusting of Powdered Sugar. You can also substitute Vanilla Extra for Almond Extract or even use Orange Extract.

  • White Chocolate
  • Orange Zest
  • Orange Extract or Vanilla Extract
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Dusting of Powdered Sugar

Holiday Recipes

Making Holiday Recipes is fun and brings the holiday cheer into the home. Some of my favorites are Eggnog Bread, it’s a quick bread recipe filled with the spices of the season. Truly a delicious recipe. Along with a simple Cranberry Orange Pound Bread.

For Cookie Exchanges we also have our favorites. These cookies never disappoint when taken to any holiday event, party, or the office.

Cranberry Christmas Cake Recipe

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Can I use Frozen Cranberries

Frozen cranberries can be used, but I recommend throwing them in when they are still frozen so they stay whole. The baking time will take a few minutes longer so keep an eye on your cake

How to Freeze Christmas Cranberry Cake

Wrap cooled cake in plastic wrap and then in foil. Place in Zip-lock freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw on counter until ready to serve.

Can I substitute Fruit?

This recipe is delicious, what makes it fantastic is the tart cranberries mixed with the sweet cake for a fun balance of both sweet and tart in every bite. Try adding Blueberries, sliced Strawberries, or even frozen Raspberries or Blackberries.

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Cranberry Christmas Cake

Quick Bread made with Cranberries, Butter, Eggs, Sugar, and Flour. A Cranberry Christmas Cake recipe for the Holidays.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 268kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 Cup Flour
  • 12 ounces Fresh Cranberries
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar Garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F Degrees. I use a 9×13 inch greased pan.
  • In a mixing bowl or use a Stand Mixer cream sugar and eggs together. Cream for 5+ minutes allowing the eggs to really get light and fluffy. This will also help give the cake some lift too.
  • Then add softened butter and Almond Extra and cream for another couple minutes
  • Add All Purpose Flour until just combined and stir in whole fresh cranberries. The mixture is thick, almost like sticky cookie dough.
  • Spread batter into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan or line baking dish with parchment paper. You can also split between two smaller cake pans too.
  • Optional – sprinkle a couple tablespoons of sugar on top of cake before baking to create a light and flakey top.
  • Bake at 350F Degrees for 45-50 minutes. Check by using a toothpick in center and it should come out clean or with only a couple large crumbs
  • Allow cake to cool, cut into 1 or 2 inch squares and serve
  • Store cake covered for 5-7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

Variations

Try adding in one of these variations
  • White Chocolate 
  • Orange Zest
  • Orange Extract or Vanilla Extract
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Dusting of Powdered Sugar

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 431IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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