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Cranberry Christmas Cake Recipe



If you’re looking for a fantastic and easy to make holiday treat to share with your loved ones, check out this festive Cranberry Christmas Cake. With just six easy main ingredients, you’ll be able to whip it up in no time! Drizzle the top with a simple orange glaze to take this sweet and tart treat to the next level.


Cranberry Christmas Cake

Adapted from JustaPinch.com,  Serves 12


  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 12 oz. fresh Cranberries (2 cups)
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
    For Orange Glaze:
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice + 1/4 teaspoon Orange Zest


  • In mixing bowl or stand mixer mix eggs with granulated sugar for about 5 minutes until mixture doubles in size.
  • Add butter and vanilla, mix for another couple minutes.
  • Fold in flour until combined.
  • Fold in cranberries.
  • Pour batter into a 9×13 greased dish and spread evenly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 40-43 minutes until lightly browned. The middle will be cooked through when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let cool.
  • For Glaze: Whisk powdered sugar with orange juice and zest until smooth.
  • Drizzle over the cake, and serve. YUM!christmas-cake

I think the texture is more like a muffin or coffee cake and it is so delicious served with coffee! The glaze adds an awesome orange flavor. What a yummy way to use fresh cranberries! Enjoy.


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 45

  1. Jackie

    Looks divine! I’ll try it this year, thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Enjoy and thanks Jackie!

  2. Ashley

    Definitely making this, looks yummy! I wish there was the pinterest button to pin these recipes, I thought it was there before but haven’t seen it for a while?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’m seeing a pin it button under first photo, or you can scroll to bottom of post where the “share” buttons are and the third one is the Pinterest logo. Thanks Ashley!!

      • Ashley

        Thanks Lina 😊 I went on the Hip2save website and did it. I guess it’s just not showing on the app for me.

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Oh gotcha! Thanks for pinning Ashley, we appreciate it. 👍

  3. Love From Munchkintime.com

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! – Love

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yay – thanks!

  4. Kase120

    We do this with a sweet, not orange glaze….more like liquid sugar cookie frosting……very yummy!! Been a huge hit around the holidays for years 🙂 thanks for posting 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh awesome! 👍

    • Andrea

      How do you make the sweet frosting? I don’t like orange too much. Thank you.

      • Erin

        Use water or milk instead of juice.

    • kase120

      Our recipe for the sauce is 1 C sugar, 1 pint whipping cream, some canned milk, 1 stick butter, 1 t vanilla
      Combine all ingredients in a double boiler and melt over medium heat until thickened. We store the sauce (or glaze) separately in a jar in the fridge. 🙂

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Thanks for sharing! Yum

      • laura

        Yummy, thanks for sharing..What kind of canned milk do you use?


    where u buy all purpose flower lolol jus playing great recipe tysm:) love this

  6. Laurie

    Does this recipe not need any baking soda or baking powder? thanks

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No it’s interesting. If you beat the eggs and sugar for that long it gets super fluffy. Thanks

  7. Kay

    Made this a few weeks ago! Yummy and not overly sweet (without glaze)

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome – thanks Kay!

  8. Sue

    I think I’d try adding some white choc chips & cream cheese frosting to make it similar to Starbucks cranberry bars

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great idea!! Thanks sue 👍🏻

    • liz


  9. AJ

    Can we freeze this if we have leftovers?

    • Erin

      I haven’t made this, but I’ve frozen almost everything at one point or another. I’d probably try freezing without the glaze, though it probably wouldn’t matter. Just wrap well.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I haven’t tried but I’m sure you could. -thanks Aj!

  10. HeatherG

    Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Emulvey2001

    Great way to use those fresh cranberries that have been sitting in my freezer! 🙂

    • Maggie

      Emulvy2001, if you want a healthy, non-fattening use for those frozen berries, put a few of those extra frozen cranberries in (real) oatmeal, with the cooking water, along with some chopped fresh apples and walnuts for a very healthy breakfast! (Use old fashioned oats, not quick-cook!) Put a few them in smoothies with other fruit for a tart, nutritious burst!

  12. jennifer

    Yum! thanks Lina!

  13. Jill Werda

    You made my heart sing when I saw this!! This has been a family tradition of our for over a hundred years! It’s so delicious!! 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Really? That’s so neat. Thanks for sharing! I love hearing about traditions ❤️

  14. Valerie H

    This looks so good! We’ve recently had to go gluten free because my son was diagnosed with celiac disease. I usually make cranberry cake on Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. Just in case anyone else is GF I make the Pioneer Woman’s Cranberry “Pie” but substitute the all purpose flour with GF all purpose flour. It turned out great! I think because there’s less than a cup of flour a straight substitute works. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/nantucket-cranberry-pie/

  15. Abby

    I’m so gonna make this! Thanks Lina! Quick question could I also try this with blueberries and just switch the orange to lemon????

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome idea!! – thanks Abby
      I’m so trying that!

  16. Susan

    This looks delicious! I will be making this, for sure!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Enjoy Susan!

  17. Juanita

    Could you do this is a bundt or loaf pan instead??

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I would think so. If you click through on the original recipe we linked under title, people have been commenting they have baked in loaf pans. 👍

  18. Melissa

    I made this recipe for Thanksgiving! Loved it! I followed this recipe exactly (with the exception of omitting orange zest) and it was so tasty. I will definitely be making this again!

  19. Michelle

    Holy Crap! I’m just now seeing this! This is MY recipe that I’ve been making for years! The only difference is that I don’t do the glaze, but I add sliced almonds, chocolate chips, and almond extract to balance the tartness of the cranberries. I call mine a cranberry almond tart and bake it in a pie pan. It’s a great holiday dessert but also goes great with a cup of coffee in the morning!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum! Thanks for sharing Michelle! 😀

  20. Tracy

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Our couponing and frugality includes not wasting what we have. Every year our local grocery has fresh cranberries on a BOGO and every year I have a left over bag. Now I have a great recipe to use those cranberries!

    • Lina D

      Yes! Enjoy. 👍

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