• Easy Cranberry Cake


Quick Holiday Dessert

By Andrew Zimmern

This simple cranberry cake is a perfect addition to your holiday dessert spread. Not too sweet and packed with fresh cranberries, it’s as beautiful and festive as it is easy to make.

Cranberry Cake

Servings: makes one 9-inch cake

Total: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups whole cranberries


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch cake pan.

Cream together butter and sugar. Sift dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar, alternating with the cup of milk.

Beat with an electric mixer or standing mixer.

Fold cranberries into the batter.

Using a spatula, spread batter into a buttered cake pan. Bake at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes, until a cake tester pulls out clean.

Cool on a baking rack, un-mold and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with whipped cream.

Photographs by Madeleine Hill. 

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