Taste of Home’s Cranberry Cake with Butter-Cream Sauce

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our house. The presents are wrapped under our beautifully decorated tree (at least I think it’s beautiful) and the multi-colored lights are strung outside add some cheer to the street. Tonight I am throwing a holiday party filled with appetizer foods, a special homemade festive drink, and lots of Christmas cookies to let everyone “help me” decorate. This cake looked too good to pass up and with the plump fresh cranberries it seemed just right for the Christmas season.

The cake was easy to whip up especially since I used a hand beater to make things go quickly. I felt that  the batter was a little too sticky though so I added about 1/4 cup of lukewarm water to it, stirred, and then poured it into my round non-stick cake pan. The cake rose nicely in the oven and was done in 35 minutes. I let it cool for a few hours before making the sauce to drizzle on just at the time of serving.

What a gorgeous dessert this was! The sauce was simple to make and really added a nice extra touch to an already lovely cranberry-studded cake. I had a little cake and sauce leftover so I covered the cake and left it on the counter and kept the sauce in an airtight container and refrigerated it.

Celebration Cranberry Cake 

Recipe from: Taste of Home, Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook, 2003

Makes: 9″ cake

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Bake Time: 40 minutes + cooling time


  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, halved

Butter Cream Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in milk.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in cranberries.

3. Pour into a greased 9″ square or round baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

4. For the sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in the sugar and cream; bring to a boil, stirring often. Boil for 8-10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Serve warm with cake.

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2 Responses to Taste of Home’s Cranberry Cake with Butter-Cream Sauce

  1. Adri

    What a great cake. Taste of Home is a wonderful source. One of my dearest friends is a food editor there, and let me tell you their recipe testing protocol is rigorous indeed! Happy New year to you and yours!

    • EverydayCook

      Thanks Adri! I really like Taste of Home and get their weekly newsletter full of recipes. Happy New Year!!

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