Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cranberry Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Graze

I admit I get a thrill when I spy the first bag of fresh cranberries in the produce section each Fall, I am crazy for cranberries! 

A "superfood" high in antioxidants, tart and crunchy, cranberries offer more than average health benefits.  What I love most about these berries are their attractive bright red color and they can be used in countless ways.  I hope to share more cranberry ideas through the holidays, so be watching!

For our traditional Thanksgiving dessert spread, I was inspired by the new "seasonal release" 
of Jello's Pumpkin Spice Pudding and Pie Filling.  Cranberry Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Glaze 
seemed perfect for those few who aren't big on pies in our family.  Some actually prefer cake and ice cream.

It's fast and easy to make.  

Preheat the oven and prepare a 12 cup bundt pan.  Be sure to reserve 1/4 cup of the cake mix in a plastic bag.  Wash and dry your cranberries and then toss them in the bag with the cake mix and coating them well.  This tip helps to keep them from falling to the bottom of the pan.  

In a mixing bowl combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water and oil and beat together for about 2 minutes.  Now gently fold the berries into your batter and pour into your cake pan.  Pop it into the the oven for about 40 to 45 minutes...ovens vary, so watch it carefully.  I always test it with a toothpick.  When the toothpick comes out clean, it's done.  Cool on a wire rack.  While the cake is cooling, you can make the caramel glaze.  

Cranberry Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Glaze
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 oz) Jello pumpkin spice instant pudding
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed and dried
Preheat oven to 325 degrees for dark or coated pans, or 350 degrees for a metal or glass pan. Reserve 1/4 cup of cake mix in a plastic bag. Mix the remaining cake mix with pudding mix, water, oil and eggs. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Shake the cranberries in reserved cake mix. Fold berries into the cake batter. Pour batter into a bundt pan that has been greased and floured well. Bake according to pan type for 38 to 43 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto cake plate and cool completely before glazing.

For Caramel Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
Melt butter in a medium saucepan.  Add corn syrup and brown sugar.  Stir over medium heat until it comes to a soft boil.  Decrease heat and add cream.  Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Drizzle over cake, allowing the glaze to drip down the sides of the cake. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

This cake will freeze well prior to glazing.  Mine is all wrapped up and tucked in the freezer ready for the big day.  What's waiting in yours? 

Happy Baking All! 


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  2. that looks fab, love the spreckles of cranberry.

  3. Oh my... that caramel glaze is calling my name! What a delicious cake :) I am crazy for cranberries too.

  4. Triple yum! That looks good. I love cranberries. The sauce would make it so perfect!

    Say hi to Jen for me!

  5. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Sounds so tasty.
    I went to a cranberry festival and have a bounty in the freezer. Looking forward to trying this.
    'hugs from afar'

  6. Yum! This looks delish and such a lovely photo! Makes me want to get a fork and snitch a bit! :)

  7. The cake looks like a seasonal favorite! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving:@)

  8. Wow, what a great recipe! I've printed this one and can't wait to try it. Love that it called for fresh cranberries and not the dried ones. And that glaze...yum.

  9. Oh can I have a piece? Looks so delicious!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  10. I agree with you about being excited about cranberries back in season! Love this recipe! I am sure not all the caramel would make it on the cake :). Joni

  11. I love cranberries too and even try to freeze some to use after the holidays. What a delightful way to use them, and that caramel, wow!

  12. UGH! I missed this post, and I don't know how. I'm grunting because I would have loved to try it for a dinner I had Friday night. At the very least, I would have substituted that jello pudding for the one I used in my cake. It would have made it even better.

    This looks delicious, and I WILL without a doubt be trying it during this season. I'm going to look for that pumpkin pudding ASAP to stock some.

  13. Oh this looks absolutely heavenly!!!

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  15. HOLY to Maple, I love cranberries...I just made cookies last night with fresh cranberries and I meant to freeze them for Christmas, but.......

  16. I just found your blog while "surfing" the blogs glad I did!! The mix looks yummy and a good change from the age-old "Texas Trash" with the cerals!! And the cranberry cake.......uummmm! To die for....I am printing both recipes and making a grocery list so I can try them out!! I love ANYTHING cranberry, including a "cranberry martini"!!!
    Thanks for sharing and you have a new follower in me!!!
    Yasmin (Francy)


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