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Dec 27, 2013 02:22 AM

Searching for a cranberry cake recipe

Sometime within the last two years or so I ran across a recipe on another food blog for a cranberry cake, and now that I want to make it I can't find it anymore. I thought the recipe was from Smitten Kitchen or Orangette, but searching their recipe archives turns up nothing like the recipe in my recollection. As I recall it, the cake was cooked in a springform pan, the text of the post said it made a lot of cake, the cake was dense, and it might have included cornmeal, yogurt, or both. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: onrushpam

      +1 I made this a few days ago (it makes 2 8" loaf pans). It is moist and dense, with just the right amount of sweetness. I did not put the nut topping on it -- just sprinkled the tops with some coarse sugar.

      1. re: onrushpam

        That does look really good, and although it's not the one I'm looking for, it merits saving for the future. Thank you for posting the link.

      2. Bar Harbor cranberry pie is delicious and a misnomer. It is not a pie at all. I am not sure it is what you are looking for but it is yummy

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        1. re: ctfoodie

          Hard to tell what the ingredients are but the photo sure looks good! Not what I'm looking for though.

        2. This recipe is really good. Someone here at CH introduced me and I've made it several times so far:



          1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
          1 cup white sugar
          2 eggs
          1 teaspoon baking powder
          1 teaspoon baking soda
          2 cups all-purpose flour
          1/2 teaspoon salt
          1 cup sour cream (I use nonfat plain yogurt)
          1 teaspoon almond extract
          1 cup of fresh cranberry sauce, (recommended) - to make the sauce, follow the directions on any package of fresh cranberries), OR one 8-ounce can of whole cranberry sauce


          1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). (*Decrease the temperature by 25 degrees if using dark pan.). Grease and flour one 9 or 10 inch tube pan.
          2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs just until well blended.
          3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Lower the mixer speed, and add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream or yogurt until just blended. Do not overmix! Stir in the almond extract and mix until just combined.
          Pour 1/3 of the batter into the prepared pan. Swirl 1/2 of the cranberry sauce into the batter. Repeat, ending with the batter on top.
          4. Bake about 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
          5. Let cool in pan on wire rack about 10 minutes. Cut around edge of the cake to loosen, then turn out and let cool completely on wire rack.

          Makes 1 - 9 or 10 inch tube pan (12 servings).

          Note: Some people dust the cake with confectioner's sugar (one person made a lattice pattern); others make a glaze of confectioner's sugar, hot water (or milk), and a touch of almond extract; while others, like myself, prefer it unadorned.

          Note: Can be stored overnight on counter, double wrapped in cling (plastic) wrap or wrapped in cling wrap, then in foil. Make sure it's airtight. If dusting with confectioner's sugar, dust just before serving.

          Adapted from Allrecipes

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          1. re: tcamp

            The cake I'm seeking uses fresh berries in the cake, not a sauce. Nonetheless the recipe in your post looks good and certainly worth trying some time. Thanks!

            1. re: chowser

              Chowser, I had found this one too and was beginning to think my memory was really going, because I was pretty sure that this was not the cake I sought, but it was the closest on the SK blog, until mscoffee1 saved the day - she found the recipe I was looking for! But thank you for looking for me!

            2. Maybe:
              ZOE NATHAN'S CRANBERRY ORANGE CORNMEAL CAKE from Wednesday Chef website

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              1. re: mscoffee1

                THIS IS THE ONE! I can't believe you found it, thank you so much. I wonder where I first encountered it, I know it wasn't on The Wednesday Chef site because I'm pretty sure I only found her blog a few months ago. In any event, this is most definitely the recipe I was looking for. Thank you thank you thank you!

                1. re: janniecooks

                  LOL, I didn't think this could be the cake you were looking for because it has both orange and maple syrup which are more unusual than yogurt so I thought you'd mention them if it had them!

                  1. re: chowser

                    When I read the recipe, I remembered that ricotta was the other primary ingredient, not yogurt as I faintly recalled. Orange and maple syrup? I didn't even notice those on the first reading!

                    1. re: janniecooks

                      Let us know how the cake is if you make it. It sounds really good.

                      1. re: chowser

                        I plan on making it sometime next week, my AC went on the fritz, Friday night and we can't get it replaced until next week. It's hot enough here that I don't wish to heat up the kitchen. But I will report back, I promise.

                  2. re: mscoffee1

                    mscoffee1, thanks so much for sharing this link. The cake looks sensational!

                    1. re: mscoffee1

                      I couldn't resist making it. Delicious...a huge success. Thanks again mscoffee for finding the recipe and big thanks to jannie for alerting us to it!

                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                        That's a beauty! Did you use a stand mixer, or mix by hand? I'm a bit worried that the batter will be too much for my KA, based on the headnotes to the recipe.

                        1. re: janniecooks

                          Thanks jannie. I used my KA and it was no issue at all for the paddle attachment. The KA handled it with ease. Enjoy!

                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                          Glad I could help. That looks wonderful, now it is on my list. Thank you.