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Thanksgiving is coming.
Do you feel it?
I have the perfect holiday dessert for your guests.
It’s also perfect to bring with you and impress your mother-in-law! ha ha
Cranberry Cake with Warm Vanilla Butter Sauce
My grandmother made this every Thanksgiving while growing up.
She also made hundreds of servings for the Masonic Lodge Christmas Party.
And then again, just for me, when we sat together decorating her Christmas tree.
Such a sweet lady.
I love using cranberries.
I love the bright red color they bring. They add the perfect tartness to this cake.
Then you warm up the vanilla butter sauce and drizzle it over………Mmmmm, it balances the tart with a rich, warm sweet taste.
It’s delicious and looks so festive.
I’m sure many of you have had this or make it yourself. But if you haven’t…….do not miss out!
You’ll love it.
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup cream or half-and-half
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Start with the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
This cake is served room temperature. The sauce will bring the warm element.
After the sauce cools a bit, I put it in a squeeze bottle for drizzling.
You can find them with candy making supplies. (I bought mine at Micheal’s.)
After the cakes cool wrap them up in plastic wrap for the next day. Make your sauce and then keep it in the fridge in Tupperware or squeeze bottle. Then reheat in microwave before serving.)
Before I serve the dessert, I candied up some cranberries for garnish. I just used the left over cranberries from baking the cake and used the same cooking method as I did from THIS post.
Add the sugar and water to a pan and simmer the cranberries for 10 minutes.
Mine didn’t keep their round shape but still made a great garnish.
Then heat up your sauce and drizzle all 3 slices with plenty of the sauce……..and place a few candied cranberries on/around the cakes for garnish.
Then everyone can take a slice. Or maybe 2…..I know they will want more!
I hope this recipe will add some goodness to your table.
Oh no! I am overly excited about the food already! Ha ha!