Goodbye Mrs. Smith: Last Minute Cranberry Cake

So, it's 2 days before turkey day and you haven't bought those Mrs. Smiths' pies yet? What are you waiting for? (why do people think they are baking a homemade pie, when they are heating up a frozen Mrs. Smiths's?????).

You can make this cake while having your a.m. coffee (like I did), it's so easy, and stick it in the freezer and you will have the most delicious, impressive, festive cake going, or make it Wednesday night for Thursday's festivities.

It's that easy.

I made 2, one for Thursday and one for Christmas. I plan on slicing into wedges and serving on my dessert tray along w/ my Swedish Apple Pie and Walnut Torte.

This is for the non-bakers out there, there is nothing fancy, no frosting, no egg white whipping, just a plain 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 stick butter, my kind of cake.

I think it's the 2 dashes of almond extract that makes this cake amazing, because I can't figure out why everyone loves this, heck, I don't even like cranberries.

The Silliest, Easiest, Cranberry Cake.....make in your sleep. (adapted from Lottie & Doof):

1 cup sugar
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
1 tsp almond extract
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 cup of fresh cranberries
2 tbsp sugar for topping

Mix the butter and sugar with the almond extract and eggs.

Mix in the dry ingredients.

Grease a 9" springform or 9" tart pan w/ removeable bottom and spread batter in pan.

Press the fresh cranberries into the top and sprinkle w/ the 2 tabelspoons of sugar.

Bake in a 350F oven for 35 minutes. Let cool in pan before unmolding.


See ya' Mrs. Smith.

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Kate said…
What could be easier? Sounds delicious. I do believe that I have enough time to mix this right up. Thanks!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
Stacey - This is a really easy and delicious dessert that takes no time at all to whip up. I have a similar recipe - cranberry squares - that I like to make when the kids are home - especially around the holidays. The almond extract makes it special.
Anonymous said…
DEFINITELY the almond extract, that heavenly elixir!
Natalia B said…
This looks amazing! I'm already all set for Thanksgiving desserts (for this year), but plan on baking this for Christmas - we head to my aunt/uncle's house & they have a ton of people, so this will definitely be a hit. Looks pretty too! Happy Thanksgiving Stacey.
Anonymous said…
There is NO reason not to make this cake (does that make sense?). This is definitely on my to-do list.
Jackie said…
I made this cake last night, and we had to sneak a taste.
It was so good, half of it is gone.
It was supposed to be for tomorrow!

What am I going to do now?
Please help!
Maggie said…
I'm going to try it this weekend when I get home from my cousins' wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, with no leftovers. It sounds like a wonderful remembrance of Thanksgiving with very little effort.
Reminds me a bit of your grape cake....I love cranberries so this is a must try
AdriBarr said…
This looks wonderful. I love cakes like this - simple and unfussy, but tasty. Also your title "Goodbye Mrs Smith's...." made me laugh! Have a great holiday!
I made this today for breakfast - the day after Thanksgiving! It made me very happy....
Nora said…
I made 2 of these cakes, and not a crumb left!
So easy and simple to make, even for me, who is not a baker.

Thank you for all your recipes!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Catherine said…
I made a double batch and made some cupcakes as well as a cake. Lovely bursts of tart cranberries.