Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

This cake is just the perfect thing to serve on Christmas morning. It only takes a few minutes to put together; you can have it ready before the little ones have even finished opening their presents. It’s a blend of crunchy sugariness on the edges, and moist softness in the middle, with the slight sourness of the cranberries made tolerable with just a pinch of salt.

Christmas Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened (Plus Additional for Buttering Baking Dish)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Fresh Cranberries
  • 3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar

Christmas Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With a mixer, on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar for 7 minutes.
  3. Add the butter, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest; mix for 2 minutes, on medium speed.
  4. Stir in the flour with a spatula, just until combined.
  5. Fold in the cranberries.
  6. Spread the batter evenly into a buttered 9×13-inch glass baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle the top evenly with brown sugar.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.

Christmas Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • It is important to mix the eggs and the sugar for 7 minutes. The mixture should almost double in size. The eggs work as your leavening agent in this recipe, so do not skip this step.
  • This cake tastes best served warm. Reheat any leftovers in the microwave for 30 seconds before serving.

Christmas Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Improvements:

  • Use orange zest in place of lemon zest.
  • Add some chopped pecans or almonds to the batter.

Christmas Cake Draft

Christmas Cake Draft

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened (Plus Additional for Buttering Baking Dish)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Fresh Cranberries
  • 3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With a mixer, on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar for 7 minutes.
  3. Add the butter, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest; mix for 2 minutes, on medium speed.
  4. Stir in the flour with a spatula, just until combined.
  5. Fold in the cranberries.
  6. Spread the batter evenly into a buttered 9x13-inch glass baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle the top evenly with brown sugar.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.
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ORIGINALLY POSTED 12/23/2013




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