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 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 slice: 608 calories, 33g fat (12g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 423mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g 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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doxiedeb4 User ID: 7903010 264063
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2017

"Kitcat12 dust the cranberries with flour. They won't sink to the bottom. :)"

kitcat12 User ID: 3795570 263553
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2017

"I made this cake in a 9x13 pan. I used rehydrated cranberries and left the walnuts out. the cake was delish but all the cranberries went to the bottom of the cake. How do I keep them mixed in the cake and not falling to the bottom?"

jkosio01 User ID: 2489237 243780
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."

sallyjojo User ID: 5675269 240739
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

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

glenda melvin User ID: 1385140 240027
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!"

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 238162
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?"

VijiP User ID: 8501278 238056
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"Great cake"

Talq User ID: 5289253 238011
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"This cake is absolutely, bar none, one of the best I have ever eaten. My family loves it so much, they rarely ask for any other cake. It is easy to prepare, delicious and makes a beautiful presentation."

Elora47 User ID: 2923037 214536
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014 Edited Dec. 14, 2015

"Great cake...I have made this cake twice. It is better without the nuts in the cake. I also increased the oil to 1/2 cup the first time I made it. The second time I used a stick of melted butter, which we like better."

Paulas40 User ID: 6107542 214462
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014


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