This White Chocolate Cranberry Bundt Cake is so festive and perfect for celebrating the holiday season!
We’re hosting Christmas at our house this year and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m still ironing out the exact menu plans, but dessert? You know I have that covered! In addition to a couple dozen cookies, I’m whipping up some gingerbread cupcakes and this stunning White Chocolate Cranberry Bundt Cake.
Because let’s be real… doesn’t this beauty just scream Christmas?! ↓
For this recipe, I’ve teamed up with my friends over at Watkins. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’re probably aware of the fact that I’m a huge fan of this brand! I’ve used their extracts for years, and have recently become a fan of their spices and natural food coloring. So when they reached out and asked if I would be interested in developing a recipe for them, you know I jumped at the chance! Which brings us full circle back to this white chocolate cranberry bundt cake! It’s supremely moist and flavorful thanks to butter, cream cheese, juicy cranberries, almond extract, and baking vanilla.
Are you familiar with baking vanilla? It’s new to me, but I already adore it! Because baking vanilla delivers twice as much vanilla flavor, you can use less of it and rest assured the flavor won’t bake out or freeze out. I also used Watkins almond extract in this cake, which compliments the orange, cranberry, and white chocolate flavors.
Because the cake itself isn’t insanely sweet, it’s topped with fluffy white chocolate frosting and sugared cranberries! This combination is equally delicious and beautiful. And I added a handful of slivered almonds, too. Because why not? After I finished the cake it dawned on me that chopped pistachios would also be stunning, so feel free to try that if you want an extra colorful cake.
Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success:
- If you’re allergic to almonds, or just don’t care for the flavor, you may omit the almond extract as well as the slivered almonds without making any other changes.
- I know someone is going to ask me about this so I’m going to be proactive and answer now: yes, this cake really calls for 3 sticks of butter! And cream cheese. Trust me here.
- Because this cake is insanely moist, it will keep for up to 5 days. I recommend storing it in the fridge, tightly covered, then bringing it back to room temperature before serving.
- If you are going to make this ahead of time, I suggest waiting to decorate it until the day you plan on serving it. Otherwise the toasted nuts will become soggy and the sugared cranberries may bleed onto the frosting.
So, have I convinced you to try this cake yet? Say yes! And serve it with coffee 😉 Trust me!
If you try this recipe for White Chocolate Cranberry Bundt Cake, let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your kitchen creations makes my day.
White Chocolate Cranberry Bundt Cake
Yield 12 Slices
This White Chocolate Cranberry Bundt Cake is moist, flavorful, and perfect for holiday celebrations!
For the Cranberry Bundt Cake:
- 2 and 1/4 cups (273g/9 and 5/8 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups (340g/12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup (170g/6 ounces) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 cups (397g/14 oz) granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup (53 g/1 and 7/8 ounces) light brown sugar, packed
- 1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Watkins Baking Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon Watkins Almond Extract
- 5 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups (227g/8 ounces) fresh cranberries
- 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
For the White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
- 1 cup (227g/8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 and 1/2 cups (283g/10 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon J.R. Watkins Almond Extract
- 6 ounces (170g) quality white chocolate, melted and cooled for 10 minutes
For the Sugared Cranberries:
1 cup (198g/7 ounces) granulated sugar, divided1/4 cup (57g/2 ounces) water 1 cup (113g/4 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, if using frozen do not thaw
- Handful of slivered almonds
- Orange zest
For the Cranberry Bundt Cake:
- Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Generously grease a 10-inch (12-cup) bundt pan, being sure to coat all of the nooks and crannies. I suggest using a non-stick baking spray that has flour in it, or greasing the pan with shortening or butter, then dusting it with flour. Set pan aside until needed.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; whisk well to combine then set aside until needed.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually add in both sugars, then increase the speed to medium-high and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the orange zest, baking vanilla, and almond extract. Reduce the speed back to medium, then add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Reduce the speed to low and add in the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Turn mixer off.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cranberries and flour and toss well to coat. Using a rubber spatula, fold the cranberries into batter until just combined.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 70 to 75 minutes, or until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan, set on a wire rack, for 20 minutes. Then invert the cake onto the rack and cool completely.
For the White Chocolate Buttercream:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-speed until completely smooth. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add in the confectioners' sugar, beating until all of the sugar is completely combined. Add in the salt, cream, and almond extract and beat smooth. Add in the white chocolate and beat smooth. Once all of the ingredients have been incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and beat for a minute.
- Spread frosting on the top and sides of the cooled cake. Top with slivered almonds, orange zest, and sugared cranberries, if desired. Slice and serve, or store in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 5 days.
For the Sugared Cranberries:
- In a medium saucepan, add 1/4 cup of the sugar and the water and whisk well to combine. Place the pan over medium heat and bring to a light simmer, whisking frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the cranberries and stir to coat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cranberries to a wire rack and dry for at least 30 minutes.
- When the 30 minutes are up, roll the cranberries in remaining sugar, working in small batches and tossing until well coated. Set aside to dry for at least 1 hour.