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Cranberry Christmas Cake, with a bowl of fresh cranberries and festive cinnamon and herbs

Doves Farm's Cranberry Christmas Cake

November 25, 2021

A great alternative to the traditional Christmas cake, you can use either dried, fresh or frozen cranberries in this cake although you do need dried cranberries for the topping. If baking with frozen berries, add five minutes to the cooking time. 

Cooking Time: 50-60 minutes Temperature: 180°C, Fan 160°C, 350°F, Gas 4



200g butter
200g caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp grated orange rind
125g Doves Farm Organic Self Raising White Flour
100g ground almonds
3 tbsp orange juice
150g cranberries, dried, fresh or frozen
butter, for tin

Cranberry Orange Topping 

10g dried cranberries

1 tbsp orange zest
4 tbsp orange juice
200g icing sugar
100g butter
25g ground almonds



1. Pre-heat the oven.

2. Rub some butter around the inside of a 18cm/7" round deep, loose bottom cake tin or insert a baking liner.
3. Chop the butter into small cubes.
4. Put the butter cubes and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.
5. Beat in the eggs one at a time followed by the grated orange rind.
6 Sieve the flour into the bowl and mix well.
7. Stir in the ground almonds and orange juice.
8. Mix in the cranberries.
9. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top, pushing any exposed cranberries back into the mixture.
10. Bake for 50-60 minutes until a cocktail stick, pressed into the centre of the cake, comes out clean.
11. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

Cranberry Orange Topping

1. Dice the dried cranberries, zest the orange, squeeze the orange juice and set these aside.
2. Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl.
3. Chop the butter into small cubes.
4. Put the butter cubes into a mixing bowl or kitchen mixer and beat until light and smooth.
5. Continue beating, adding the icing sugar a spoon at a time.
6. Add the ground almonds and orange juice and stir to combine.
7. Spread the topping over the top and sides of the cold cake.
8. Sprinkle the diced cranberries and orange zest over the top.