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White Chocolate and Cranberry Cake

I don’t know whether to blame or thank Lisa for that one! I have made it twice already and my neighbor ordered a whole on after sampling some over the weekend. A few days ago she mentionned a white chocolate and cranberry cake I should try in order to help me use the one bag of cranberries I still had. The mere thought of these flavors melding together in a cake made me crave a taste. She graciously emailed me the recipe and it sounded too good not to make it on the spot. The flavors of white chocolate and cranberries go perfectly together and the addition of orange zest and juice made it close to heaven. Perfect with a cup of bergamot tea on a cold afternoon…that’s the part I have to imagine because it was 72 today.

The recipe calls for a tube or 9 inch round pan but I wanted bite size squares (except for the picture) so I used a 13×9. The cake is supposed to be drizzled with a white chocolate-orange icing but I skipped that part. Why? Could not wait that long to eat it! The only thing I will do next time will be to reduce the butter from 2 to 1 or 1.5 sticks.

White Chocolate-Cranberry Cake:

1-1/2 pkg. (9 squares) whit chocolate, divided
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
3 Tbsp. grated orange zest
5 Tbsp. orange juice, divided
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 9-inch tube pan or fluted tube pan.

Chop 6 of the chocolate squares; set aside. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, orange peel and 3 Tbsp. of the orange juice; mix well. Add flour and baking powder; beat until well blended. Stir in chopped chocolate and the cranberries.
Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 min. or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 min.; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.

Place remaining 3 chocolate squares and remaining 2 Tbsp. orange juice in small saucepan; cook on low heat until chocolate is completely melted, stirring frequently. Drizzle over cake. Let stand until glaze is firm

Another winner going into my gifts baskets, cut into squares and nicely packaged in tin boxes.

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Anonymous December 6, 2006 um 11:43 pm

Miam, quelle bonne idee! J’adore les deux couleurs ensemble. J’ai aussi cuisine avec du chocolat blanc la semaine derniere 😉 En revisitant une recette de maman. Coincidence 😉

Anonymous December 7, 2006 um 4:19 am

Hi! I just found your site, am enamored already, and I would love to try this wonderful cake. I have some white chocolate that I didn’t know what to do with. Question: I don’t have an electrical mixer. Do you think it will come out alright if I mix it by hand? If so, should I aim for getting it fluffy or just mix it quite well?

Anonymous December 7, 2006 um 10:08 am

That cake looks amazing thanks to you and Lisa for the recipe it will be wonderful to have on chrismas eve night when we usually all sit with family, cakes and tea.

Patricia Scarpin December 7, 2006 um 11:22 am

This cake looks so good I want to bite the computer! lol

We don’t find cranberries here in Brazil, but I feel like trying it with raspberries or something else. I love white chocolate!

Helene December 7, 2006 um 12:50 pm

Bea: les coulerus et les gouts vont bien ensenble. J’ai hate de voir la recette de ta maman!

Pomme: Thank you for visiting! I think that you can make it by hand just fine. Cream the butter and sugar really well, and folow the rest of the instructions. You are gonna get some major arm muscles!

James: what a lovely idea and the cake will be perfect for this occasion.

Patricia: I think raspberries will be great with the cake. Let me know how it turns out!

Helene December 7, 2006 um 2:02 pm

Jb: Thank you for the link. Going to check it out right now! Sounds delicious!

wheresmymind December 7, 2006 um 2:44 pm

I so wish my wife dug white chocolate more

Lauren December 7, 2006 um 3:16 pm

All of these cranberry recipes are taunting me… I should just get a damn bag a supermarket today. This looks absolutely perfect!

Anonymous December 7, 2006 um 7:51 pm

Bravo pour toutes ces bonnes choses, mais que vas-tu nous faire à Noêl. J’adore la photo des biscottis, et je viens auprès de ta cheminée avec ma tasse de thé.Mam

janelle December 7, 2006 um 7:52 pm

All that waiting while it baked! The flavor combo sounds truly festive!

Lis December 7, 2006 um 7:53 pm

awww! I’m happy to see what the inside of it looks like! Very pretty with the cranberries peaking through the sponge. 😀

I had no idea you’ve made it so many times! ha!! Have you ever made the glaze? How does that taste?

You crack me up.. twice already. heee!


Helene December 7, 2006 um 7:56 pm

Eh ya’ll, my mom finally left a comment!!

Wheresmymind: it’s a shame, tell her it’s just solid vanilla.

Lauren: go ahead and splurge, well invest is a better word because the possibility are endless.

Maman: je sais pas, je fais faire semblant d’avoir une perte de memoire! C’est les vacances apres tout!

talkoftomatoes: waiting sure is the hardest part, because it goes fast!

Anonymous December 7, 2006 um 9:18 pm

Helene, I really wish I were your neighbor, for your company ofcourse and for delicacies such as this that come out of your kitchen, this is no exception, absolutely delicious!

Brilynn December 7, 2006 um 11:20 pm

I can’t decide whether I like white chocolate or not, but I keep eating it, so I guess I must… It’s better in combination with other things, like cranberries.

Anonymous December 9, 2006 um 1:06 am

Chocolate and Cranberries, I love it! I have a bag full of cranberries left over from Thanksgiving, now I need to get busy. Yummy!

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