Cranberry Layer Cake Recipe
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Cranberry Layer Cake Recipe

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I adapted a Bundt cake recipe to create this layer cake. Cranberries, walnuts and homemade frosting make it taste so delicious that you'd never guess it starts with a convenient cake mix. —Sandy Burkett, Galena, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 608 calories, 33 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 423 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Transfer batter to prepared pans.
  2. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and orange peel until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with walnuts. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Freeze option: Wrap cooled cake layers in plastic wrap, then cover securely in foil; freeze. To use, thaw cakes before unwrapping. Assemble as directed.
Originally published as Cranberry Layer Cake in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p36

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 608 calories, 33 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 423 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

Delicious, especially the frosting! Definitely a keeper.

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

This cake was fantastic. I have made it twice and everyone that had it loved it. Really easy to make also.

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

This is wonderful...Thanks for a keeper!

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

One of my friends who I shared this cake with exclaimed, "This should be our traditional Christmas cake!" This cake is delicious, the presentation is beautiful, and the icing is divine! It was a hit at Christmas and I will surely make it again next year!

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

Thank you Sandy Burkett!!!!This is the quintessential holiday cake.Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas,All the opulence of fruitcake but minus the heaviness and density.Follow the recipe to the letter.Do not substitute a single thing.Perfection.So easy if you use your food processor to chop and a stand mixer or handmixer to beat.The frosting is the perfect amount to generously cover and fill the layers.Sandy you are so wonderful to share this.It will be a tradition in our home,and the homes of my two daughters.Note aside:Fresh cranberries freeze very well in their bags.The food processor chops them coarsely even when frozen,just pop them in.xxoo

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