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cranberry cake on a white rectangular plate with a heart and a fork on the side

Easy Cranberry Cake (aka Cranberry Dump Cake)

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This is one of the fastest and easiest made-from-scratch cake recipes around. A version of a cranberry dump cake, or lazy cake, it has a base of cranberries with an easy, cake-mix topping. The result is a two-layer cake with sweet-tart berries and a golden, buttery cake topping.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Dish Type cake
Cooking Style Baking
Seasonal autumn, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, winter
Ingredient cranberries
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 12 servings
Author Amy Reiley


For the cranberries

  • 3 cups fresh cranberries, washed and sorted discard any soft berries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cake topping

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold, unsalted butter cubed


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Oil a 9 x 13-inch pan or coat with baking spray.
  • Toss the cranberries with the sugar and vanilla and spread in an even layer at the bottom of the pan.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and brown sugar. Top the berries with an even layer of this dry cake mix.
  • Cut the cold butter into small cubes, 1/4-inch if possible.
  • Dot the top of the cake evenly with butter cubes.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top of the cake is golden.