are you full force into holiday baking? what is it about this time of year that makes me want to disappear into a black sugar-coated hole filled with flour, candied cherries and frosting? we had our annual baking day a few weeks back with my mom and sisters, and i baked this really lovely (and easy) cranberry apple cake for thanksgiving. but! i think it would also be gorgeous for christmas. it's so simple and really, have you ever seen a prettier simple cake?
i found this recipe through the queen, ina garten. she has yet to steer me wrong, and this cake is no exception. it was super easy and even penelope helped put it together.
if you are looking for an easy yet impressive (and totally delicious) cake for the holiday, i highly recommend this one!
cranberry apple cake
*adapted from ina garten
12 oz fresh cranberries, washed
1 large granny smith apple, peeled, cored & diced
1/2 C light brown sugar
1/4 C orange juice
1 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
2 extra large eggs, at room temp
1 C + 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted & cooled
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 C sour cream
1 C all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange juice, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Mix together and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add 1 C granulated sugar, butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.
Pour the fruit mixture into a glass or ceramic pie plate. Pour the batter evenly on top of the fruit, ensuring it's all covered completely. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 Tbsp granulated sugar and 1/8 tsp 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 with whipped cream, if desired.
What are you baking lately? What's on your holiday baking list?