We were invited out to dinner this past Saturday night and I volunteered to bring a dessert. I wanted to make something appropriate for the season so thought to go with good ol' Apple Pie. Whoops. Not enough time to defrost a couple of pie crusts from the freezer and no time to make them from scratch.
Okay, cranberries. I make a wicked good Raspberry-Cranberry Pie. Rats. Pie crusts required again.
Got it! Almond-Cranberry Cake. A confessed poor cake baker I am but there are a few cake recipes I can wangle and feel good about. This is one of the few.
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1 - 16 oz. can whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/4 to 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Glaze: Put 1 cup powdered sugar in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon almond extract and enough milk (about 1 tablespoon) to make a frosting that can be drizzled over cake.
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, beating well. Stir in almond extract.
Combine the dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternately with the sour cream.
Spread half of the batter in a greased 10" tube pan. Top with half of the cranberry sauce.
(Before I spread the cranberry sauce, I put it in a small bowl and mix it up with a spoon to break up the jellied chunks. It's easier to spread on the cake batter this way.)
Repeat layers and sprinkle with almonds.
Bake in a 350° oven for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Mix up the glaze and drizzle over cake. I like to add a few more sliced almonds scattered randomly over the white drizzled frosting.
Sorry I don't have a picture of a slice of the cake to show you. I thought it might be a tad tacky Saturday night to whip out my camera and shout, "Photo op! Photo op!" when it was sliced and served. You'll just have to trust me that with the layer of cranberries running through the center of the slice it looks good enough to pass muster.
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