Cranberry Christmas Cake

This recipe may be called Cranberry Christmas Cake, but it is also a delicious Thanksgiving dish, and it is a versatile piece – it can be enjoyed as breakfast, an afternoon snack, or dessert. Desserts that can be enjoyed any time of the day are the best – like cinnamon rolls, danishes or crepes.

For at least five years now, this has been my No. 1 most-requested dessert recipe October through December, and it is all thanks to Barefeet in the Kitchen. With the bursting cranberries in each bite, sweet cake and slightly caramelized sides, I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like this. My own mother-in-law told me she didn’t realize how much she loved cranberries until I served her a piece of this cake! Now she requests it every year, along with some other cranberry dishes I keep in rotation for the fall months.

As a bonus, there is even a gluten-free version you can make, for any of your loved ones who feel like they miss out on too many desserts.

With a few common ingredients, and one hour, you can have this delicious treat ready to serve to family and friends. This is a big-impact dessert, with little work! Click here to watch my video that proves just how easy this Cranberry Christmas Cake is.

(Sorry the video is not embedded this week – reoccurring technical issues prevented it, but I couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you!)

It is made in a 9×13-inch pan, so you can easily cut up small slices and wrap them to drop off on the porches around you, or to send home with family and friends. Or, if you prefer, you can keep it for your household and slowly enjoy it all week. You can eat it at room temperature, but I prefer to enjoy it when it is out of the oven, or individual slices can be reheated in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to make it the ultimate comfort food.

Fresh cranberries are only in season for the fall, so be sure to stock up on several bags and freeze them so you can make this delicious dessert year-round.

Stay tuned as I highlight additional desserts in the coming days that would be a perfect complement to your Thanksgiving table!

Published by SweetOnSmith

Hi, I'm Anna! A few things to know about me: I'm a big fan of reading, writing, baking and eating desserts. Sweet On Smith started out in 2017 as a way to bake for others, while raising money to help various hurricane relief efforts, and area nonprofits. While that aspect is currently on pause, I wanted a space to share my good reads and sweet treat recommendations with you.

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