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Cranberry Pound Cake Recipe


As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to treat yourself and your loved ones to a culinary delight that embodies the spirit of Christmas. This Cranberry Pound Cake is not just any dessert; it’s a symphony of flavors and textures, combining the tartness of cranberries with the sweetness of white chocolate, all topped with a creamy frosting that will leave you craving for more.


A Symphony of Flavors: Ingredients and Preparation

Gathering the ingredients for this masterpiece is the first step on your journey to culinary bliss. With a combination of cake flour, baking powder, cranberries, white chocolate chunks, and a hint of browned butter, each component adds its own unique touch to the final creation.

Begin by preheating your oven and preparing your loaf pan with care, ensuring that every inch is coated with butter and flour to prevent any sticking. The meticulous preparation sets the stage for what’s to come, building anticipation with every step.

Crafting the Perfect Pound Cake: Method and Technique

The magic truly begins as you sift together the dry ingredients, creating a foundation that will support the luscious cranberries and decadent white chocolate. With each whisk of the eggs and beat of the butter, the batter comes to life, promising a symphony of flavors with every bite.

But the secret ingredient lies in the careful addition of browned butter, infusing the cake with a depth of flavor that elevates it from ordinary to extraordinary. As the cake bakes to golden perfection, the tantalizing aroma fills your kitchen, signaling that something truly special is about to emerge from the oven.

A Finishing Touch: Creamy Frosting and Garnish

No holiday dessert would be complete without a creamy frosting to crown the masterpiece. With a blend of softened butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract, the frosting adds a final layer of indulgence that ties the entire creation together.

But we don’t stop there. A sprinkle of dried cranberries adds a festive touch, while a drizzle of melted white chocolate transforms the humble pound cake into a work of art. With each slice, you’ll experience a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave you longing for just one more bite.

In Conclusion

This Cranberry Pound Cake is more than just a dessert; it’s a celebration of the holiday season, a testament to the joy of gathering with loved ones, and a reminder of the simple pleasures that make this time of year so special. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and prepare to embark on a culinary journey that will delight your senses and warm your heart.

Cranberry Pound Cake Recipe

Cranberry Pound Cake Recipe

Indulge in the perfect Christmas dessert with this delightful pound cake featuring cranberries, white chocolate, and cream cheese frosting. It's a sure hit with your family this holiday season!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Yield


For the Cake:

  • – 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons cake flour sifted
  • – 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • – Pinch of salt
  • – 1 cup cranberries fresh or thawed
  • – 5 oz. white chocolate chunks
  • – 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • – 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • – 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • – 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • – 3 eggs
  • – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • – 2 tablespoons browned butter

For the Frosting:

  • – 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • – 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • – 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar or more for desired thickness
  • – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Garnish:

  • – Handful of dried cranberries
  • – 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • – 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (if using a convection oven; if not, raise the temperature to 350°F and be prepared to rotate the pan halfway through baking).
  • Butter and flour an 8.5 x 4.5 x 3-inch (or 9 x 5 x 3-inch) loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
  • Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, brown 2 tablespoons of butter until amber in color; remove foam and set aside to cool.
  • Whisk eggs with vanilla extract and set aside.
  • Cream butter on medium speed until creamy, then gradually add sugar and continue beating until creamy.
  • Add heavy cream and mascarpone, beating on medium speed.
  • On low speed, gradually add dry ingredients alternately with eggs.
  • Toss chocolate chunks in a handful of flour to coat evenly. Similarly, toss cranberries with flour to cover them completely.
  • Stir chocolate chunks into batter, then gently fold in cranberries.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, smooth the top, and tap gently on the counter to remove air bubbles.
  • Use a butter knife to draw a line down the center of the cake and pour in the browned butter.
  • Bake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean (about 55 to 65 minutes). If not using a convection oven, baking time may be about 10 minutes longer. If the top browns too much, tent the cake with aluminum foil.
  • Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting:

  • Once the cake is completely cooled, prepare the frosting by creaming together softened butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until smooth, then mix in vanilla extract.
  • Spread frosting on top of the cake and place in the fridge until set.

For Garnish:

  • Once the frosting is set, melt white chocolate chips with vegetable oil in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth (cool if too thin).
  • Sprinkle dried cranberries over the cake and drizzle with melted white chocolate. You can use a spoon or transfer the chocolate into a small zip-lock bag, cut off the corner, and pipe the chocolate over the cake.


– If using frozen cranberries, thaw them first, rinse with cold water until clear, drain, and pat dry with paper towels.

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