Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 12 min
15 min
57 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over for stems
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer on medium, add 1 cup of the granulated sugar, the butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.

Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate. Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Looks like a great recipe.  Ina's recipes are always my favorite.  Just to add my voice to this messed up website.  It was so nice before the change.  Sometimes change is not good.  Don't fix what wasn't broken.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had left over cranberries from the holidays that I wanted to use so I checked some recipes and found this one. Read the reviews and decided to try. So glad I did as we LOVED it. My husband doesn't like very sweet food so this cake fit the bill perfectly. I made it exactly as printed and topped it with vanilla ice cream. YUMMY......I just loved the cake topping.....perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazingly delicious and amazingly easy! We love the tartness and that during the holidays, there's a dessert that isn't sickeningly sweet. Perfect dessert for cranberry purists! Making this for all of my holiday parties! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the second Thanksgiving I have made this cake. It is delicious! We like it with a little French vanilla ice cream. I have a few relatives who don't care for pumpkin pie, but they gobble this right up! This year, even folks who do like pumpkin pie were begging for a piece too. Mine didn't come out too tart or too runny. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with those saying it is too tart. Too many cranberries, Will try with less cranberries and a bigger pan. May be a square one will be better. On the other hand, there was too much liquid in the fruit bottom. I also agree with all of those complaining about the "new" website. Is a pain in the neck to save and to print. You cannot send the recipe to any of your folders when saving, and for printing the logo and photo make it so big it prints in at least 2 pages (could set the percentage of page size in the print preview lower, but to make it fit in one page it is so small it's impossible to read without a magnifier). In any case the recipe is not to blame for these website problems, just a vehicle to rant an express our rage. I wrote to Foodnetwork a few times, and others probably did too, but Foodnetwork doesn't care at all, they keep the same obnoxious website design . Why change the previous one that worked so well? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Haven't made this yet, it sounds great - I am wondering if I can make it with a hand mixer, instead of a stand mixer? I am saving up for a kitchen aid but won't get one for quite awhile, and I want to try this recipe sooner rather than later! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's wonderful!! I made this for the first time today,and it is very good. It's also very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe is great, as expected from Ina. I am also complaining about this messed up website. First the links in the recipes were all printing instead of just the word (for example, the words "orange zest" above are highlighted &amp; if you click on it you go to the food encyclopedia.) That entire link was printing for all of the included links, making a mess trying to read the recipe. That was actually a programming error they finally fixed. Now, if you do get the print screen &amp; print, the recipe comes out blown up so big it takes multiple pages. I've given up &amp; just do a print screen if it fits, or print it to PDF &amp; fix it. Maybe they should hire a programmer that knows how to test. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm sure this will be delicious as are all of Ina's recipes. I'm posting this to also complain about the updates to this website. I hate them! Very slow to access my recipe box or find a new recipe---if I do save one, I save it on Pinterest now. I emailed Food Network to let them know how I felt, but no response- interesting to see many others feel as I do. I find I am seldom coming to this site anymore-easier to find things on Pinterest item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's rare when Ina's recipes don't deliver, but this was one of those occasions. I found the cake almost harsh from the acidity of the cranberries. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree with you about FN web page. I hate it. In fact, I hate to say, I don't visit as much as I use to item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am going to make this recipe tonight. With a bit less cranberries and taste test the Orange zest. I'll add a little at a time item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't tried the recipe, but I do have a tip for all of you who complain about printing the recipes. I always set to print the recipe, but then I simply copy and paste the whole thing to a word document and then save it. Voila, easy peasy and no logo to worry about. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree, the FN web page. I hate it too. Very difficult to find the recipe. I could copy it to Word, but doesn't that create a lot of work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've just made it with my hand mixer and it worked just fine. Just have to have patience and strong hands! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Please don't rate a "great" recipe as one star because of issues you had with the site. You do a great disservice to other cooks who are looking for a great recipe. Use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of every page. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I understand how you feel about FN web you rating pages. But! Why are you rating this recipe with one star? People like you give the chef a huge disservice item not reviewed by moderator and published

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