Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake Recipe

Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake is a melt in your mouth sweet bread covered in a sensational cream cheese buttercream frosting!

Super simple to make and it is always a hit at every christmas party!

This incredible cake is the perfect cake for Christmas! This is one of the most delicious cranberry cakes you will ever taste! Its so moist & sweet filled with tart cranberries and white chocolate chips- all rolled into one amazing pound cake base!

Once you take a bite, you will need to finish the entire piece- its that good! You need to make this for your dessert table, your guests will definitely love it.

My family and friends always rave about how they love getting a loaf of this as a gift every year! They always say It was one of the most delicious cakes they have ever had. This recipe would even work for Valentines day and gives you another reason and occasion to make this crazy yummy loaf!

Perfect for bake sales too! you can even make it in advance and frost it later to get ahead! It is unique, beautiful and perfect!!

This incredible loaf cake is sure to become a family baking tradition!

Looking for perfect, delicious and easy Christmas dessert recipe? Then you should try this decadent pound cake with cranberries, white chocolate and cream cheese frosting! Your family would love to have this cake for Christmas, for sure!


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 65 minutes

Yield: 12 

Category: Dessert

Method: bake

Cuisine: American


For the Cake:
  • 187 grams cake flour-sifted (it’s about 1 1/2 cups plus 3 Tablespoons cake flour before sifting but you better measure it on kitchen scale because the cake could be dense or dry if you overdo it with the flour )
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh or thawed)
  • 140 grams (5 oz.) white chocolate chunk
  • 115 grams (1/2 cup) unsalted butter-softened at room temperature
  • 300 grams sugar ( 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons browned butter


  • 56 grams (1/4 cup) unsalted butter-softened
  • 112 grams (4 oz.) cream cheese-softened
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar (or more to make it thick enough to spread on top of the cake)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • handful dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the convection air oven to 325 F (if you don’t have convection air oven raise the temperature to 350 F and you will have to rotate the pan half way through the baking time)
  2. Butter and flour 8.5 x 4.5 x 3 (or 9 x 5 x 3 )inches loaf pan and line it with parchment paper.
  3. Combine cake flour, baking powder and salt and sift it three times, set aside.
  4. In a small sauce pan over medium heat brown 2.5 Tablespoons butter until it’s nice amber color, remove the foam and set aside to cool.
  5. Whisk the egg with vanilla extract and set aside.
  6. Mix the butter on medium speed until it’s creamy, slowly add sugar and continue beating until it’s creamy.
  7. Add heavy cream and mascarpone, and beat on medium speed.
  8. Turn mixer on low speed and gradually add dry ingredients alternately with eggs.
  9. Add handful flour in chocolate chunks and toss them to cover evenly.
  10. Toss cranberries with a handful flour to cover them completely.
  11. Add chocolate chunks in the batter and stir well, then gently stir in cranberries
  12. Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan, smooth the top and gently tap the pan on working surface to remove the air bubbles.
  13. With a butter knife draw a line down the center of the pound cake and pour browned butter into the line.
  14. Bake until the top of the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean (about 55 to 65 minutes).
  15. If you don’t have convection air oven, baking time might be about 10 minutes longer.
  16. If the top starts browning too much tent the cake with aluminum foil
  17. Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool on the rack.


  1. When the cake is completely cooled prepare the glaze.
  2. With a mixer, cream together softened butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Slowly add in powdered sugar and beat until smooth, mix in vanilla extract.
  4. Spread on top of the cake.
  5. Place the cake in the fridge until the frosting is set.


  1. When the frosting is set melt 1/2 cup white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a small sauce pan over low heat until it’s smooth( cool if it’s too thin)
  2. Sprinkle the cake with dried cranberries and drizzle with chocolate.
  3. (You can drizzle the chocolate with a spoon or transfer it into small zip-lock bag, cut off the corner and pipe the chocolate over the cake).


If you are using frozen cranberries, thaw them first, rinse with cold water until the water is clear, drain the cranberries and then dry them on paper towel.

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