This is a recipe my mom and I found in a magazine, somewhere. If I can find it, I’ll post the credit. We did make some adjustments for our own family’s taste, so it’s not exactly the one we found, but again, when I find the original source, I’ll list it here.

This is also the one I referenced in this post. I’ll post the alternate “summer” ingredients another day.

(I’ll also add some photos too, maybe.)

Christmas Cranberry Cake


2 cups white sugar

3 large eggs, room temp are best

3/4c butter, softened

1 tsp. almond extract

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups flour

8 ounces fresh or frozen whole cranberries (I buy them fresh around the holidays and stash a few bags in the freezer)

2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

1 cup sliced almonds (totally optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13 pan and set it aside.

Put the 2 Tbsp. of powdered sugar in a small bowl and add the cranberries to them, coating them, and set aside. (Note: I’ve found frozen cranberries are coated more easily than fresh from the fridge.)

In a large bowl, use an electric beater to mix sugar and eggs for 5 minutes. The volume of the batter should increase by about half and start to look thicker.

Add the butter and extracts, beat for 2 more minutes.

Slowly add the flour and beat until combined. Fold in the coated cranberries.

Using a spatula, scoop and spread batter in the prepped pan. Sprinkle almonds on top, if you’re using them.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Top should be light brown, edges golden brown.


4 thoughts on “Recipe – Christmas Cranberry Cake

  1. I love Krusteaz cranberry/orange muffins and this sounds even better. (Fresh cranberries can’t be beat!) Thanks for sharing the recipe – I’m definitely going to have to try this. 🙂


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