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Print This Delicious Holiday Cranberry Cake Recipe

Cranberry Cake Recipe with Vanilla Sauce

Serve up a spectacular Cranberry Cake Recipe with Vanilla Sauce for your holidays.
Taking advantage of the cranberry season. A little sweet, a little tart and very healthy for your heart.

Recipe Ingredients
4 Tablespoons Margarine, melted
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Light brown sugar
2 cups All-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 can (12 ounces) Fat-free evaporated milk

2 cups Fresh cranberries, chopped,
OR 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

1/2 cup Chopped walnuts (optional)

Vanilla Sauce

1/3 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Fat-free evaporated milk
3 Tablespoons Margarine
1 tsp Vanilla extract

Oven Temp ~ 350°
Baking Time ~ 20 to
Recipe Pan Type ~ 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan
Preheat the oven, coat a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the margarine, sugar and brown sugar. In another bowl mix together the flour and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to margarine mixture alternately with the milk. Mixing thoroughly after each addition.
Fold in the cranberries and walnuts, if desired. Pour the cranberry cake batter into prepared baking pan. Bake cake until the top springs back when touched. Cut the cranberry cake into squares, serve warm with Vanilla Sauce.

Vanilla Sauce Recipe Directions:

In a small saucepan combine the sugar, evaporated milk and margarine. Bring to a boil. Boil for 4 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Serve warm vanilla sauce over cranberry cake.

12 Servings
Nutrition facts:
Serving Size 114 g
Calories 327
Calories from Fat 113
Total Fat 12.6g 19%
Saturated Fat 2.9g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 277mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 49.0g 16% Dietary Fiber 1.6g 7%
Sugars 31.2g
Protein 6.0g
Vitamin A 8% • Vitamin C 5% • Calcium 11% • Iron 7%

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No desserts for 20 years?
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Sticky sweet forbidden things.
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Suppling Tips for Healthy Homemade Cakes

When Baking with Butter:

Room temperature butter in the cake batter is one of the biggest cake baking mistakes. In fact, butter must be below 68° to trap air molecules and build structure. Otherwise, the fat will liquefy and the cake will be flat. To get “cool” butter, cut the chilled butter into chunks and let it sit in a bowl for 5 minutes before beating.

When Mixing Cake Batter:

You cannot over beat the eggs, sugar and butter, but you can over beat the flour. If you do, gluten will form and you will be making a quick bread instead of layer cake. Beat the flour just until there are no visible signs of dry flour, but not until the batter is completely smooth.

Cake Flour:

Cake flour is milled from soft wheat that has a lower gluten content and higher starch content than all-purpose flour. It helps to ensure a fluffy texture in cakes and pastries. A substitute for cake flour is to use all-purpose flour, but reduce the amount by 2 tablespoons per cup.

Green Food:

The food choices that we make every day have a profound effect on the environment. From farm to spoon, growing our food, processing it and transporting it all use tremendous amounts of energy, water and chemicals. By making just a few small changes in our eating and buying habits, we can greatly reduce this impact. When we eat green, we help the environment by reducing global warming pollution and help ourselves by eating fresh and healthy food. Eat local from farmers in your own neighborhood!