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Cranberry Cake Recipe

In this Cranberry Cake Recipe, soft and fluffy vanilla butter cake is layered with vanilla buttercream and cranberry sauce for a festive show-stopping holiday dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 440kcal

Ingredients

Cake:

Buttercream:

Other:

Instructions

For the Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour 2 9-inch round cake pans. Place a piece of parchment paper that’s been trimmed to fit in the bottom of each pan.
  • Beat together the oil, softened butter, sugar, egg whites, vanilla extract, and almond extract in a large bowl. Beat in the milk. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and beat to combine.
  • Pour the batter into the 2 prepared cake pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
  • Run a paring knife along the outside of each cake to loosen them from the pans. Turn the cakes out onto wire racks, let them cool for 5 minutes, and peel off the parchment paper.
  • Cool each cake completely, and then carefully use a serrated knife to slice each in half horizontally, so you end up with 4 layers of cake.

For the Buttercream:

  • Beat together the butter, vanilla extract, butter flavor, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Beat in the powdered sugar, drizzling the milk in until it reaches a buttercream consistency.

To Assemble the Cake:

  • Place 1 cake round on a cake plate. Spread on a layer of buttercream. Top with 6 tablespoons cranberry sauce, and then spread it out onto an even layer on top of the buttercream. Repeat this process twice.
  • Place the final cake round on top. Frost the top and sides of the cake. I like to do a thin layer of frosting on the outside for a "naked cake" look.

Optional Decoration:

  • If desired, top the cake with fresh cranberries or sugared cranberries and fresh rosemary for decoration.

Notes

  • Store this Cranberry Layer Cake wrapped in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • The nutrition information listed doesn’t include the sugared cranberries on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 444IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg