Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

by cakeduchess on November 19, 2010 · 22 comments


Later on tonight  I will announce the winner of the fabulous Ina Garten giveaway! In the meantime, I have a present for all of you: a delicious recipe from “How Easy is that?” I had to get a copy of the book for myself and I have been busy exploring her wonderful recipes. The first recipe I was drawn to was an amazing apple cake with cranberries.

My sweet friend Lindsey made the same cake this week and made a delicious twist of the recipe…you should check it out!

I know you are all busy with Thanksgiving preparations. Maybe some of you are lucky to be invited somewhere and don’t have to cook a thing. Maybe some of you have to bring a dessert. IF you do, you should consider this recipe. I have been nominated by everyone to make this again for Thanksgiving. It was a hit…a huge hit!  It is so easy to make. You don’t have to flip out it. You slice it out and there is the juicy fruit on the bottom and this moist and rich cake on top with a gentle cinnamon sugar sprinkle on top. My eyes are glazing over…look at all this gorgeous fruit!

Be sure to check back tonight for the winner of the giveaway! I am leaving it open until 11 PM EST tonight! Good luck to all the participants and thank you to everyone that has left great comments!!

Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake
Ina Garten

  • 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. Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and teaspoon of the cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer on medium, add 1 cup of the granulated sugar, the butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.
Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate. Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges. Serve warm or at room temperature.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels November 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Aww thanks for the sweet words! :) Your cake looks sooooo delicious, I seriously want to eat the whole cake you made! I wish I was in Florida and could have Thanksgiving with you :)


Cucina di Barbara November 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Mamma mia che bontà!
Ne posso avere una bella porzione ?


Gigabiting November 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Hunting for a dessert to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner. We may have a winner.


Annie November 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I love a good and easy recipe!


The Mom Chef November 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

This looks fantastic as well. I love the idea of whole, wonderful cranberries to bite into.


Wilde in the Kitchen November 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm

OOo, yum! Everyone is posting such great cranberry recipes it is just so hard to pick!


Alexandria November 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

Amazing! And so festive. The picture of the vibrant fruit is insane! Yum :)


Jean November 20, 2010 at 1:54 am

Beautiful cake! Can’t go wrong with Ina. Love the combination of apples and cranberries in a cake.


Jennifer November 20, 2010 at 4:11 am

Wow, this does look easy. And love apples and cranberries together, so I’m positive I’ll like this cake.


scrambledhenfruit November 20, 2010 at 4:43 am

That looks so delicious and easy- beautiful!


Monet November 20, 2010 at 6:31 am

So many of us have been inspired by cranberries and apples this season. I’m loving all the recipes I’m finding! This cake looks moist and chock-full of the good stuff (fruit, that is!) Thank you for sharing love…I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of good eating and fun!


Koci November 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

Yum!! This cake looks so perfect for fall. I just bought some fresh cranberries, so this is very tempting! :D


Liana @ femme fraiche November 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

This looks beautiful! I’m curious to know how it came out…was it a sweet cake? Or more of a spongey, tarty flavour!?


Green Girl @ A little bit of everything November 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

wow, such an easy but yet so delicious cake. love a good cranberry cake this time of the year.
p.s. I’m one of those lucky people that don’t have to make anything for Thanksgiving, feels so good :d


Brenda November 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I have Ina’s cookbook, Barefoot in Paris, and LOVE it! I’m dying for her new one, it’s on my Christmas wish list. What a beautiful cake, I love the cinnamon and sugar on top. Mmmmm…


foodwandeings November 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Wow, you are on semi autmatic, shooting all these fabulous cakes for Thanksgiving! Love!!Got to get the book! Shulie


Cookin' Canuck November 21, 2010 at 5:43 am

What a pretty, festive cake. This is perfect for the holidays!


Conor @ Hold the Beef November 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm

So much fruity goodness, with a crispy top to boot :)


Karen November 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm

This looks yummy…I have a bag of cranberries that I want to make something other than sauce with. Dessert sounds like a good option. Very pretty colors here.


baking.serendipity November 22, 2010 at 3:10 am

I just discovered the fantastic combination that is apples and cranberries and I’m embarrassed at how behind I am! Love this cake recipe :)


Magic of Spice November 23, 2010 at 4:10 am

Oh wow, that is a fantastic cake! I am not surprised that everyone is asking for you to make it… very lovely :)


Asmita November 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I love all Ina Garten recipes! I baked this last year for the holidays.


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