Easy Cranberry Christmas Cake Recipe

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Christmas is around the corner, and celebrations can’t be complete without a sweet and tangy Christmas cake. So, I bring to you a delectable cranberry Christmas cake recipe that you will surely like.

Cranberry Christmas Cake Recipe

I love making this Christmas cranberry cake recipe as it takes little effort but delivers amazing flavors. This cake literally screams holidays! It brings divine flavors of vanilla, sweetness from sugar, and tangy notes of cranberries. 

To make this cake, you only need 15 minutes of preparation time. It is left to bake for 45 minutes. This cake’s mouthwatering aroma during baking sets the mood right to begin the festivities. 

To make this cake, you need simple ingredients like eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, cranberries, and pecans.

You can have cranberry Christmas cake right out of the oven or decorate it with whipped cream and cranberries. I’m sure you will love this cake for its delicious flavor. Moreover, this cake is a good option to pack on the healthy nutrition from cranberries. 

What Equipment Will You Need To Make Cranberry Christmas Cake?

  • Baking Dish – To bake the cake batter, you will need a 13×9-in. baking dish.
  • Oven – To bake the cake, you will need an oven.
  • Bowl – A bowl will be required to mix all the ingredients to prepare the cake batter.
  • Whisk – A whisk will help you beat the butter and sugar.
  • Spatula – A spatula will help you to mix the ingredients.
  • Knife – A knife will be required to slice the cake. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Cranberry Christmas Cake?

Preparation TimeBaking TimeTotal Time
15 Minutes 45 Minutes 1 Hour

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Cranberry Christmas Cake?

  • Eggs – To make cranberry Christmas cake, you will need three large eggs at room temperature. 
  • Butter – No food items, especially bakery goods, can be made without fat. Therefore, you will need three fourth cups of softened butter.
  • Sugar – To add sweetness to the cake and balance out the cranberries’ tangy flavors, you will need two cups of sugar.
  • All-Purpose Flour – To prepare the cake’s structure, you will need two cups of all-purpose flour.
  • Cranberry – Cranberries are the star ingredient of this recipe. You will need two and a half cups of fresh or thawed cranberries.
  • Pecans – Pecans have a nice nutty, and sweet taste. To add a twist of textures, we will add two third cups of chopped pecans.
  • Vanilla Extract – To add some delectable notes of vanilla, you will need one teaspoon of vanilla extract. You can also experiment with flavors by swapping vanilla extract with almond extract.
  • Whipped Cream – This cake tastes absolutely amazing with or without a whipped cream topping. You will need two cups of whipped cream in case you plan to add some. 
Cranberry Christmas Cake Recipe

Steps To Make Cranberry Christmas Cake

1. Prepare The Cake Batter

Set the oven for preheating at 350°. Take a 13×9-inch baking dish, line it with a baking sheet, or grease it with butter and flour.

Take a large bowl and beat the sugar and eggs until the mixture turns lemony in color and thickens. Add the softened butter and vanilla extract to the mixture and beat for 2 minutes. 

Gradually stir the flour into the prepared mixture. Make sure not to over-stir the flour; it should be combined. Add cranberries and chopped pecans to the batter. 

2. It’s Time To Bake!

Now that your cranberry Christmas cake batter is prepared, place it in the oven and bake it. You will know that your cake is baked by doing the toothpick test. 

If a toothpick inserted in the center of the cranberry Christmas cake comes out clean, it’s ready to be taken out of the oven. Baking the cake would take you about 40-50 minutes. Take the cake out of the oven and set it on a cooling rack. 

Your cake is ready to be served. At this point, you can cut slices of your cranberry Christmas cake and serve it right away. Or else, you can serve each piece topped with whipped cream or ice cream and chopped cranberries.

Nutritional Value

Calories 227 kcal
Fat10 grams
Saturated Fat 5 grams
Cholesterol 46 mg
Sodium 66 mg
Carbohydrates32 grams
Sugar21 grams
Fiber1 gram
Protein3 grams

How Will Cranberry Christmas Cake Look And Taste Like?

Cranberry Christmas cake tastes absolutely divine! This cake brings tangy and sweet flavors that combine to form a delicious cake. It also holds a great mix of textures, all thanks to the chopped pecans, soft and chewy cranberries, and crumbly cake. 

Apart from its taste, this cake also looks festive. The white base with contrasting red cranberries looks like it’s straight out of a Christmas card!

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Cranberry Christmas Cake Recipe

Cranberry Christmas Cake Recipe

Try out this delicious cranberry Christmas cake that packs the goodness of cranberries and takes no time to make.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Baking Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 227 kcal

Equipment

Baking Dish
Oven
Bowl
Whisk
Spatula
Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • ¾ cup Butter (softened)
  • cups Cranberry
  • cup Pecans
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large Eggs
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 13×9-in. baking dish with butter and flour or line with parchment paper.
  •  Take a large bowl and beat the sugar and eggs until the mixture turns lemony in color and thickens.
  • Add softened butter and vanilla extract and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Stir the flour gradually into the prepared mixture. Make sure not to over-stir the flour; it should be combined.
  • Add cranberries and chopped pecans to the batter.
  • Place the baking dish in the oven and bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. This would take you about 45-50 minutes.
  • Take out the cake and set it on a cooling rack.
  • Slice the cake and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g
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Conclusion

I hope you will try out this easy and delectable Christmas cake recipe that takes no time to prepare. You can also find out more holiday recipes on our website. 

Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs)

What ingredients do you require to make Cranberry Christmas Cake?

To make cranberry Christmas cake, you will need eggs, butter, sugar, all-purpose flour, cranberries, pecans, and vanilla extract.

How can we serve cranberry Christmas cake?

Cranberry Christmas cake can be served sliced on its own. You can also top it with whipped cream or ice cream with chopped cranberries.

How much time does it take to make cranberry Christmas cake?

It takes one hour to make cranberry Christmas cake.

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