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Saucy Cranberry Cake Recipe

Saucy Cranberry Cake Recipe

The fresh cranberries in this dessert add a little zing! “I ask my mom to bake this cake for me every year on my birthday,” says Lisa Seehafer of Appleton, Wisconsin. “I also love to make it at Christmastime.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  • 1. In a small mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder; add to butter mixture alternately with milk. Fold in cranberries. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in brown sugar and cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Serve over warm cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 396 calories, 19g fat (12g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 367mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

"This is a Christmas dessert tradition, although I make a different sauce for this yummy cake: Melt 1/2 c. butter & 1 Tbsp. flour & 1 c. granulated sugar in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and immediately stir in 3/4 c. heavy whipping cream, 1 Tbsp. white vinegar (sounds weird, but trust me!) & 1 tsp. vanilla. Stir quickly until blended. Pour warm sauce over slightly-warm cake. Delicious!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"The sweet caramel sauce is a great compliment to the tart cranberries. The cake itself is light and fluffy. Eating the cake when it's still warm from the oven is excellent."

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