One for the road: one-pan Cranberry Cake.


Psst! Here’s a quick-and-easy dessert for the Thanksgiving groaning board. And, since it’s served right from the pan it’s baked in, it’s incredibly easy to wrap and take to wherever your moveable feast is being held this year.

We posted a blog on a berry-topped cake back in September. Now that Thanksgiving is upon us, it’s time to take that same recipe and substitute fresh cranberries for the raspberries.

Take a look at our recipe for Late Summer Berry Torte. Make the following changes, and Bob’s your uncle: Thanksgiving Cranberry Cake.

Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 8″ round pan. Top with 2 cups fresh cranberries. Sprinkle the cranberries with 1/3 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons coarse sparkling sugar; or with 1/2 cup granulated sugar.

Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and serve warm – as is, or topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Bookmark this blog, and let the Thanksgiving countdown continue!

PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!


  1. cranberry pills

    Interesting post and thanks for sharing. Some things in here I have not thought about before. Thanks for making such a cool post which is really very well written. I will be referring a lot of friends about this. Keep blogging.

  2. phoebe18775

    The cranberry bread recipe from the back of the Ocean Spray bag has been a holiday tradition in my family. I’m going to try this, but I think I have to do the cranberry bread too or risk the wrath of the relatives!

    If you have time, make both – have a vote on Thanksgiving and then you’ll know for sure what you need to make next year! I know it’s risky to chage recipes or food offerings that are family traditions! Irene @ KAF</strong

  3. Tess

    OMG! It was a huge success for Christmas Eve dinner. I’ve made 4 so far of which two were made w/a mixture of cranberries and blueberries. I’ll be placing an order for a supply of your round bake’n give containers – will make for wonderful hostess gifts. Downside: fresh cranberries are nowhere in sight at any of our markets! Do you think this torte will work well with fresh sliced pears? Sure, give it a try. let us know how it comes out. mary @ KAF


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