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
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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 large 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.
    Freeze option: Wrap cooled cake layers in plastic wrap, then cover securely in foil; freeze. To use, thaw cakes before unwrapping. Assemble as directed.
    Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Layer Cake in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p36

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Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"Outstanding! I made this as directed, then again as cupcakes for my daughter-in-laws baby shower. Everyone loved the cup cakes! Thanks so much for this recipe. It is a keeper."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"What a FABULOUS cake. Delicious!! Not too heavy after a big Christmas dinner. Thanks for sharing!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Wish I could give it more than 5 stars. This cake is so delicious with the hint of orange in the frosting and the cake and the cranberries are perfect in this cake. The walnuts add just the right taste to go with the other flavors. My husband asked me to make this to take to the family Christmas dinner!"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"This cake sounds pretty good, but 'what's-up' with having to bake it in 2 pans? Can you possibly bake it in one pan?"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"Great cake"

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