Keeping Cake

Keeping Cake
Great gift idea.

I came across this recipe in one of those fun coffee break moments at work when everyone is escaping tasks and chores for a few moments and recycling their brains with some chatter about home.  I have used the recipe a few times, mostly around the holidays,  and I have found the assertion that it “keeps” for a lengthy period of time to be absolutely true.  In fact, as difficult as it may be to believe, it improves with age (as most women do, of course).

Keeping Cake
  • 3 cups cranberries, rinsed and divided
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon orange peel
  • 2-1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine 1-1/2 cups cranberries, sugar and orange peel.
  3. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until berries pop and mixtures thicken (about 5 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Chop remaining cranberries and add to the cranberry mixture.
  6. Cool
  7. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt.
  8. In another bowl beat eggs with sour cream.
  9. Stir egg mixture into dry mixture.
  10. Stir in butter, cranberry mixture and pecans.
  11. Pour into two greased and floured 8X4 inch loaf pans and bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Cool the cakes in the pans 10 minutes before removing from pans and cooling completely on wire racks.
  13. Wrap cakes in aluminum foil and allow to age 1 week.
  14. The flavor will continue to improve over several weeks.
  15. The cakes will keep up to 3 months in a cool, dry place.


Keeping Cake
Tastes great with fresh brewed coffee.

FREEZE ME — Freezes gracefully and when defrosted tastes great.  Freezing prolongs the “keeping”

This is a perfect recipe for GIFTS!

Refill my coffee, please…..DebraJ.

I have not received any compensation or free gifts for creating this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

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