Monday, December 20, 2010


This is the latest selection from The Cake Slice Bakers, this year we are baking from Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chatman, and I have to say that it is a misnomer - there is no way you will be able to keep this cake - it will be gobbled up in no time!!!

This is a fantastic recipe - the tart ruby cranberry nuggets spread through  the sweet soft cake add up to sweet perfection!!  I loved the streusel on top, the crunch contrasting nicely with lightness of the cake.  All is forgiven Lauren!

I made the Cranberry Cake on the first day of the recent snow, and couldn't resist trying to take a photo of the cake+snow+cake keeper  - but I wasn't willing to get my toes cold, so just took the photo from the back door!!!!!

Cranberry Cake


1 cup            sliced almonds
2 tbsp           melted butter
2 tbsp           packed light brown sugar


2 cups          plain flour
1 tsp            baking powder
1/4 tsp         salt
3                  large eggs
2 cups          granulated sugar
3/4 cup/
6oz              butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp            vanilla extract
12 oz           cranberries (I used frozen)

Preheat oven to 150 C
Line or butter a 10" round springform tin.


Combine the butter, almonds and sugar,  Use your fingers to form large crumbs.
Set aside.


Beat the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl, until light and at least doubled in volume - this will take about 5 minutes.
Turn the mixer to low and add the melted butter slowly, turn up the mixer to medium and beat for another 2 minutes.
Add the vanilla.
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
Gently fold the flour mixture into the batter, 2 tbsp at a time.
Fold in the cranberries.
Place the batter into the prepared tin, and sprinkle with the streusel.
Bake the cake until a skewer (I use uncooked spaghetti) comes out clean.
The recipe specifies 60 - 70 minutes, mine took about 90 minutes.
When cooked remove tin to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Then take the cake out of the tin and cool completely on the wire rack.

If you are very lucky this cake will keep for up to 5 days (not in my house though!!)    

    Pretty from any angle


La Bella Cooks said...

This sounds fabulous. I would love to take a peek at that book. Wow, that is one gorgeous snowy scene out your back door. I am quite envious!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Not many have missed the snow. That cake looks and sounds wonderful. A rather nice Christmas cake alternative?

Unknown said...

I find anything with a streusel-type topping really difficult to make - because I can't resist eating it before it goes on the cake! The snow looks incredible, much prettier than the torrential rain and gale-force winds that are currently destroying my baby cherry tomatoes!

Chele said...

This is our second round with the snow now, reckon I'd be happy to suffer it with a piece of this cake ;0)
Very pretty backyard by the way!

Unknown said...

i'd probably just eat the batter and to hell with the cake keeping!... looks delicious!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Hee hee - it didn't last long here either. Well done for braving the snow for the pretty picture even if you didn't actually venture into it. It looks gorgeous here too but my car is well and truly stuck.
I love your cake keeper - so pretty.

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Sounds lovely and festive.

My Little Space said...

Ooo... love the cake with the snow together! It must be so comforting to enjoy the cake with a cup of HOT drink. Thanks for sharing & hope you're having a fabulous day. Stay warm.
Blessings, Kristy

Brownieville Girl said...

Getting a bit tired of the snow now Bridgett - too much to do before Christmas.

Thought we were getting off easy this 2nd wave Granny, but we have been badly hit this evening.

I nover thought that I'd say this KM but I'd prefer rain to this!!!!!

Thanks Chele.

Dom the batter was pretty special (I did try it!)

PDNFTA, Thanks a million - hope you get out soon!

Thanks Beth.

Wish I had some left Kristy, I fancy it with some coffee and Baileys ... yummmm!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous snow, more gorgeous cake!

art is in the kitchen said...

Exquisite cake to enjoy with hot tea indoors with friends! Even here in California with the rain! I like the cranberries and almonds that makes the cake really scrumptious! Love visiting your blog, makes me smile all the time!
Happy Christmas!!!

Diana's Cocina said...

Look at that snow ~ So beautiful! Can't wait to try this cake!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

New England native and loving anything with cranberries. Sounds delicious.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Oh, this is lovely! Your cranberry cake looks so moist, delicious and full of flavor. Thanks so much for sharing, and happy holidays to you!

Unknown said...

Looks Cold!!!! I love any cake that has an almond flavor in it! Lovely!

Katie said...

Your cake looks great and perfect for this of year, especially with all the snow

Joyti said...

Hmm, that cake sounds delicious. Those cranberries add a very holiday-ish touch of color...

Biren said...

Sounds like a wonderful cake! Love the struesel topping. That's always such a nice touch.

Miri said...

That snow looks amazing - rather beautiful! Cake is always needed for days with snow like that!

ruairi said...

Perfect for Christmas, Ive just got back to Ireland and am also enjoying the snow, allready planning lots of baking and food related projects !! Yahoo! Have a super foodie Christmas girlie :-)

Zoe said...

Cranberry is always my favorite. This cake sounds good :D

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Your cake looks wonderful. You are right about it not staying around for long. I took some to my neighbors and it was gone before I left. I can't wait to make it again.

Brownieville Girl said...

Thank you all so much for your kind comments - very, very much appreciated.

beauty be told said...

I loved this cake too!!! yours looks great :)

Pam said...

Your cake looks and sounds delicious. Good with the almonds! We have a lot of that white stuff here and I don't blame you for not getting your toes cold. I wouldn't either. This cake is on my to do list! Merry Christmas to and yours!

Anonymous said...

An attribute of a good recipe is that the cooked version disappears quickly. I always know when my family doesn't like something I've baked because it goes into the trash after a few days (LOL).

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Your cake looks great next to that wintery wonderland background! Just now able to post mine due to some kitchen issues.

Merry Christmas!

Monica H said...

Look at all that snow! It's gorgeous and so is your cake.