Fresh Cranberry Cake

Fresh Cranberry Cake

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  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    40 m
  • Ready In

    2 h
Recipe by  dday515

“A beautiful and easy cake to make! Great for the holiday season and even better in the summer with any fresh berry you have on hand!”

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Original recipe yields 1 9x13-inch cake



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Beat 1 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons melted butter with a whisk until well mixed. Add eggs and beat until smooth. Stir flour mixture and milk into egg mixture until batter is well blended. Fold cranberries into batter until just mixed and pour into prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  4. For sauce, heat 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, heavy cream, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium-low heat; cook and stir cream sauce until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Pour hot sauce over hot cake. Allow cake to cool in the baking dish for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

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The biggest problem I had with this cake was the cream syrup. Yes, the syrup was tasty, but IMO there simply was too much of it. It totally saturated the cake making it sticky and gooey. I understand that it added moisture, but the cake was soggy from top to bottom. When I poured on all of the syrup, there was so much that I thought there was no way it would soak into the cake. I used a toothpick and poked holes in the top of the cake to help the syrup seep in. And how you're supposed to get a cake baked in a 9x13 pan that has been saturated with syrup removed in one piece from the pan to a wire rack after 10 minutes is beyond me. When first baked, I sliced a small piece, tasted it, and there was a decent flavor balance between the tart cranberries and the sweet glaze. However, later in the day, the berries discolored to purple and the sweet syrup just overpowered the cranberries. The cake's presentation was not good, and I ended up just piling whipped cream on the top to serve as a Christmas dessert. If I were to make this again, the first thing I would do is cut the amount of syrup in half. Sorry dday515 for the critical review, but this was a disappointment and just didn't work in this house.



Enjoyed this Recipe for Cranberry cake better then any other that i have tried. I served it with a Orange liquer sauce. Very good.



Best desert EVER!!!! My old-time favorite recipe is almost identical with the following changes. Evaporated milk instead of regular, no eggs in the cake, and increase the heavy cream in the sauce to 1 cup. Increase bake time to 30-40 minutes, and heat sauce to a rolling boil then simmer 10 minutes.

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 366 cal
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 15.7 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs
  • 53.5 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 4.3 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 78 mg
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 587 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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