¾ cup (1 ½ stick) unsalted softened butter
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
2 cups whole fresh or frozen cranberry
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Few drops of almond extract or 1 tsp Amaretto liqueur
In a large bowl beat the butter well with sugar using mixer on medium speed until it becomes uniform and fluffy.
Add eggs one egg at the time, blending it in with the mixer before adding another egg.
Add the almond extract or the Amaretto if using.
Add the flour mixed with baking powder and mix it well with a mixer on low speed until batter is uniform in consistency.
Add the cranberries and almonds if using and carefully fold them into the batter with a spatula.
Preheat oven to 360 F.
Generously butter your baking form and dust it well with flour. I usually use 10” spring form or two smaller Christmas tree shaped forms. When selecting your form, remember that this cake does not rise too much; no more than by 1/3 to 1/2 of the initial volume.
Spoon the batter into the form leveling it at the end. It does not have to be perfectly leveled since it becomes thinner and levels itself at the early stage of the baking.
Bake the cake for 45-60 minutes depending on the size of your form. I usually start checking my cake for readiness after 45 minutes of baking. The top of the cake will become nice and golden and the toothpick inserted into the cake will come out dry.
When cake is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool down for 15 minutes.
Remove cake from the form. When I use spring form, I remove form sides and slice knife between the bottom of the form and the cake. Then I carefully move my cake to the plate without turning it over.
When I use the Christmas tree shaped forms, I flip my cakes over onto the plates, let them cool down completely and dust them with sugar. In this case adding sliced almond is very helpful in making cake look like a decorated Christmas tree.
I have not tried it yet but it may look even more interesting if 1 cup of cranberries is replaced with 1 cup of blueberries.
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