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Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

This Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe. This easy cranberry apple cake recipe is an easy dessert recipe you will be making all throughout the fall! So easy to put together and just perfect for any holiday party.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, cake, cranberries
Servings: 1 10-inch cake
Author: Lora


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries rinsed and picked over for stems
  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled, cored, and diced (I used 2 apples)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 2 oranges (I used a lemon)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice I used lemon juice and lime juice
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons ground cinnamon divided
  • 2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 pound 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl, combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and teaspoon of the cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. On medium speed, mix in the sugar, butter, and vanilla until combined. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in flour and salt.
  • Spoon the cranberry mixture into a 10-inch glass pie plate (or casserole dish). Spoon the batter over the fruit mixture. Spread evenly over the fruit. Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. The fruit will be bubbling nicely all around the edges of the cake. Best served warm but still nice at room temperature.


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