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Cranberry Christmas Cake

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings


This cranberry Christmas cake is rich, moist, and buttery. It’s studded with gorgeous red cranberries and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze.



  • 2 &1/2 cups (315g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 oz bag fresh cranberries (set aside a handful to decorate the cake with if desired)
  • 12 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond or 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk


  • 1 heaping cup powdered sugar plus more if needed
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 12 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9″ bundt pan well and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well in between. Then mix in the vanilla and almond extract or orange zest.
  4. Stir in half the flour mixture, followed by the milk, then the rest of the flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Toss the cranberries with just enough flour to coat and gently fold them into the batter. Spoon the batter into a greased bundt pan.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes and invert the cake onto a cooling rack to cool completely before glazing.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until completely smooth. Add more powdered sugar if needed for a thick but spreadable consistency.
  8. Spread the glaze over the cake and top with sliced almonds and cranberries if desired. Dust the cranberries with a touch of powdered sugar before serving and a pretty snow appearance.


Leftovers can be tightly covered and stored in the fridge for up to a week.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cranberry cake recipe, cranberry bundt cake

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