Looking for a perfect, delicious and easy Christmas dessert recipe? Then you should try this decadent pound cake with cranberries, white chocolate, and cream cheese frosting! Your family would love to have this cake for Christmas, for sure! You should check my Christmas Lasagna and Cranberry Christmas Cake, too!
Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake
Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake is the perfect dessert for Christmas. It’s really moist, flavorful and easy to make. Above all, this cake topped with white cream cheese frosting, red cranberries and drizzled with white chocolate looks so festive and pretty enough to take a central place at your Christmas table.
Your guests will be impressed with delicious and pretty looking Christmas cake.
Also, I don’t know if you knew about this, but to bloggers, the holidays begin a few weeks before the holidays really come. and that you are already thinking about your Christmas recipe as you are cutting your Thanksgiving turkey 🙂 Instead of baking a peanut butter cheesecake or a magic cake you try to come up with more fitting desserts.
And for that reason, I decided to share this Christmas dessert recipe already two days after Thanksgiving. Since it’s a perfect idea for winter holidays – Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake will be a great recipe to open the season of winter holidays, too.
I adapted this recipe from Bobby’s Baking Blog. Fist of all, I doubled the number of cranberries which I put in the dough and after a little thinking. Also, I decided to throw Orange Zest out of the recipe since it’s not my „cup of tea“.
And for the glaze, instead of milk and powdered sugar, my idea was a combination of cream cheese and powdered sugar over the whole Pound Cake with many, many dry Cranberries over the whole cake. However, after only a short time in the kitchen, on my table was my beautiful Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake.
For the Cake:
187 grams cake flour-sifted (it’s about 1 1/2 cups plus 3 Tablespoons flour but you better measure it on kitchen scale because the cake could be dense or dry if you overdo it with the flour )
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1cup cranberries (fresh or thawed)
5 oz. white chocolate chunk
1/2 cup unsalted butter ( room temperature)
300 grams sugar ( 11/2 cups)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons browned butter
1/4 cup butter(softened)
4 oz.cream cheese
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar (or more to make it thick enough to spread on top of the cake)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
handful dried cranberries
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat the convection air oven to 325 F (if you don’t have convection air oven raise the temperature to 350 F and you will have to rotate the pan halfway through the baking time)
Butter and flour 8.5×4.5×3 inches loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
Combine cake flour, baking powder, and salt and sift it three times, set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium heat brown 2.5 tablespoon butter until it’s a nice amber color, remove the foam and set aside to cool.
Whisk the egg with vanilla extract and set aside.
Mix the butter on medium speed until it’s creamy, slowly add sugar and continue beating until it’s creamy.
Add heavy cream and mascarpone, and beat on medium speed.
Turn mixer on low speed and gradually add dry ingredients alternately with eggs.
Add handful flour in chocolate chunks and toss them to cover evenly. Toss cranberries with a handful flour to cover them completely.
Add chocolate chunks in the batter and stir well, then gently stir in cranberries
Pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan, smooth the top and gently tap the pan on working surface to remove the air bubbles.
With a butter knife draw a line down the center of the pound cake and pour browned butter into the line.
Bake until the top of the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean (about 55 to 65 minutes). Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool on the rack.
When the cake is completely cooled prepare the glaze.
With a mixer, cream together softened butter and cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar and beat until smooth, mix in vanilla extract. Spread on top of the cake.Place the cake in the fridge until the frosting is set.
When the frosting is set melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a small saucepan over low heat until it’s smooth( cool if it’s too thin)
Sprinkle the cake with dried cranberries and drizzle with chocolate. (You can drizzle the chocolate with a spoon or transfer it into a small zip-lock bag, cut off the corner and pipe the chocolate over the cake)