Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake Recipe
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Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake Recipe

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When you want an extra-special dessert for the holidays, it’s hard to beat a seasonal homemade cake. I like to drizzle mine with a simple but elegant glaze flavored with amaretto. —Jackie Howell, Tucson, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto
  • 4 ounces almond paste
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons Amaretto


  1. In a small saucepan, combine dried cranberries and amaretto. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, beat almond paste, half of the butter, and 1/4 cup sugar until well blended. Add remaining butter and remaining sugar; cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in almond extract.
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Fold in fresh cranberries and dried cranberry mixture. Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  4. Bake at 325° for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Combine glaze ingredients; beat until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p158

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djmcris User ID: 8195830 216712
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"Wonderful cake. Made for the Xmas holidays and got rave reviews. The cake is visually beautiful and festive looking and the flavors are well balanced."

SylviaEmiline User ID: 816230 179095
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"This pound cake has been a Christmas Favorite every year since it first appeared in the Taste of Home Magazine. It's rich, tender, delicious, and all but melts in your mouth. I usually wind up making 3 or 4 bathes of the recipe, baking most of them in different sized loaf pans, to be given as gifts to family and friends, who look forward to receiving them every year. This is, without a doubt, the best pound cake we've ever had. I omit the glaze, because it's so rich already, and doesn't need more than a dusting of powdered sugar before serving."

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