A sweet-tart cranberry filling and lemon cream cheese frosting are the special additions that make this cranberry-vanilla cake recipe taste like it came from a fancy bakery.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Cranberry-Vanilla Bean Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a small bowl combine egg whites and buttermilk. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and lightly flour two 9x1 1/2-inch round cake pans. In a medium bowl stir together cake flour, 1 3/4 cups sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Stir seeds into buttermilk mixture.

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  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir in flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in half of the buttermilk mixture until moistened. Add the remaining buttermilk mixture. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.

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  • Pour batter into the prepared cake pans, spreading evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

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  • For cranberry filing, in a medium saucepan combine cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, orange peel, orange juice, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture starts to thicken. Mash cranberries slightly with the back of a wooden spoon or a potato masher. Transfer filling to a medium bowl; cool.

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  • To assemble, cut each cake layer in half horizontally. Place one layer, cut side up, on a serving plate; spread with one-third of the cranberry filling. Top with a second cake layer; spread with 3/4 cup of the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. Spread one-third of the cranberry filling over frosting. Top with a third cake layer; spread with the remaining cranberry filling. Top with the fourth cake layer, cut side down.

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  • Frost top and sides of cake with the remaining frosting. If desired, garnish with sugared lemon peel strips and/or sugared cranberries.

To Store:

Store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Let stand at room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts (Cranberry-Vanilla Bean Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting)

638 calories; total fat 31g; saturated fat 19g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 8g; cholesterol 89mg; sodium 591mg; potassium 158mg; carbohydrates 86g; fiber 2g; sugar 65g; protein 6g; trans fatty acid 1g; vitamin a 1020IU; vitamin c 6mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 2mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 48mcg; vitamin b12mcg; calcium 172mg; iron 2mg.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Directions

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  • In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Beat in lemon peel and lemon juice. Gradually beat in the remaining 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar. If necessary, beat in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach spreading consistency.

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Reviews (3)

18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
10/25/2015
I agree, 1 oz. of cranberries doesn't seem correct, I wonder if it's 1 10oz package of cranberries????
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03/18/2014
I'm wondering about the same thing... There has to be more than one oz of fruit in this cake. Can anyone help???
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03/09/2014
The recipe calls for 1 oz fresh or frozen cranberries... is that a misprint?
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