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Monday, November 21, 2016

Cranberry Snack Cake #CranberryWeek



     Hi everyone, and welcome to cranberry week!  Please remain seated and keep your arms and legs in the vehicle until we come to a complete stop.  I know this week is a bit crazy for everyone, turkey day just a few days away and all, but we thought we would give you some great ways to use cranberries this week.  Maybe you will get a few ideas to use still before Thanksgiving.  If not, Christmas season officially starts on Friday and there will be plenty of chances to get the cranberry juices flowing.


     To be honest, cranberries are a somewhat newly acquired taste for me.  I grew up only knowing the cranberries that came jellied in a can.  I honestly couldn't really tell you if I even like it or not.  When there are so many delicious options to be had on a Thanksgiving spread, I am going to be hard pressed to give up even a square inch of my plate to something that still has the rib lines from the inside of a can.  No judging, just give me a little bit extra mashed potatoes and gravy any day!


    At some point I developed a fondness to dried cranberries.  They are great on salads, in cookies or in trail mix.  But I still wouldn't have considered myself much of a cranberry aficionado.  In the last few years, I have come around.  I started making my own cranberry sauce from fresh berries.  (To be honest, I'd probably still take a little more mashed potatoes and gravy... but I like the sauce when they aren't in direct competition for that last bit of room on my plate.) I have also used cranberries to make a delicious and festive Orange Cranberry Charlotte Russe.

     So that brings us to this snack cake.  I think it might be one of my favorite cranberry recipes yet.  It has a sweet, dense, simple cake studded with those tart berries that burst and give beautiful color and flavor.  You really can't get much easier.  I made this batch and brought it in to my coworkers as part of my (probably obnoxiously) large spread of birthday treats.  I will be sharing a couple more recipes of my birthday treats in the next couple weeks.  I thought the cookies I made would go quickly, but wasn't sure about the cranberry snack cake.  It seems like people have a love/hate relationship with the little gems.  To my surprise, this was the most raved about of the treats.



    I probably shouldn't have been too surprised, they really were delicious.  Please promise me you'll give them a try!

Cranberry Snack Cake
makes a 9x13" cake, serving about 16 people


Ingredients:

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups butter, softened
2 cups flour
12 oz fresh cranberries
1 T orange zest

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare a 9x13" pan.
  2. In you mixer, beat together eggs and sugar on medium high until they are pale, thick and voluminous (about 6 minutes). 
  3. Add the butter and vanilla and beat for 3 more minutes.
  4. Stir in the flour until just combined, then fold in the cranberries and orange zest.
  5. Spread in your prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes.  The top should be lightly golden and an inserted toothpick should test clean. 
  6. Cool completely then cut into small pieces to serve. 





Welcome to #CranberryWeek, hosted by Caroline's Cooking and A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures. We'll be sharing cranberry-inspired creations all week long in celebration of national cranberry day. Search #CranberryWeek to keep up to date and follow the #CranberryWeek Pinterest board for more cranberry inspiration. But first, see all the other cranberry recipes being shared today:







32 comments:

  1. This cake looks delicious. I grew up with that sauce in the can and loved it but my Grandmother also made the sauce using fresh so I've always loved it!

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    1. Thank you! I am certainly becoming a cranberry lover as time goes on, but wouldn't have thought it even a few years ago!

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  2. Hi Carlee, wow that cranberry cake looks and sounds so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe to make it.
    I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie! The cake is simple, but turns out really well. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving as well!!

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  3. Cranberries are a newly acquired taste for me too! This would be perfect for Thanksgiving morning.

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    1. It's funny how you can all of the sudden like something you've been telling yourself you don't like your whole life! It would be perfect for Thanksgiving morning (and snacking on throughout the day!)

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  4. Yay, I'm in with cranberry week as I have a cranberry recipe tomorrow!! I'm so so with the whole cranberry taste too except for craisins, lol. This snack cake looks perfectly sweet for me plus it's so pretty!! Happy start to your turkey week!

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    1. Hooray! I can't wait to see what you made!

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  5. I haven't made snack cakes in so long! I used to make them for Sarah all the time. And she's coming this week so maybe this is a plan!

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    1. That would be fun! Have a great time together!

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  6. This sounds delicious! I can understand cranberries can take a bit of getting to like - I was lucky my introductions were my mum's homemade sauce and muffins. Thanks for joining in the #CranberryWeek fun!

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    1. You're very lucky! I have been having fun playing with them these last few years... after a lifetime of thinking I didn't like them! Thanks for putting this together!

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  7. This is a wonderful little cake to snack on Friday when you are too exhausted from Thursday to move.

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    1. Ha! Yes, it would be perfect for that!

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  8. I love the idea of cranberries in cake, yum!

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    1. They are perfect in a simple cake like this, thanks!

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  9. This recipe is too yummy-looking to ignore. I'm looking forward to making one of this myself. Thanks!

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    1. It is definitely a good one, I hope you love it! Thank you!

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  10. I'm going to have to bake and take. I could eat the whole pan!

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    1. It's definitely the way to go, otherwise it gets dangerous!

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  11. This looks easy and really good. Gotta give it a try.

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    1. It really is both, I hope you love it!

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  12. I love cranberry and orange together. It screams Christmas to me, especially as it bakes in the oven, the smell is so festive. Happy Birthday my friend. I hope that this next year is full of sweet treats, laughter, fun, success and so much love!

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    1. Thank you so much, Nikki! It is off to a good start as far as sweet treats are concerned anyway ;-)

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  13. Funny how it took us longer to realize that fresh cranberries are so totally different that the jellied version! LOVE fresh cranberries!

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    1. They are like two completely different animals!

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  14. I didn't realize I liked fresh cranberries until I used them in a recipe last year. They are so good! I really need to use them more, and this looks like the perfect vehicle for them!

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    1. I didn't think I did either, but I bought some to play with anyway. This cake is my favorite fresh cranberry recipe so far!

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  15. This looks so tasty, Carlee! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

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  16. oh yum! What a neat recipe!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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