5 from 6 votes

Easy Cranberry Cake Recipe

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Quick & easy Christmas cranberry cake recipe with cake mix - Loaded with cream cheese frosting, orange zest, candied nuts, fresh cranberries.

Servings: 9 Slices
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Calories: 742 kcal
Author: CakeWhiz


  • 3 Eggs Large
  • 1 cup Milk Whole or 2%
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 1 tbsp Orange zest
  • 1 box White or yellow cake mix Any brand you like
  • 1 tbsp Flour For coating cranberries
  • 1 cup Cranberries Fresh
Frosting, filling and decoration
  • 3 cups Cream cheese frosting
  • 1/2 cup Candied nuts For decoration
  • 1/2 cup Fresh cranberries For decoration
  • 1 tbsp Edible gold and silver pearls For decoration
  • 2 cups Shredded coconut For covering the whole cake
  • 2 tbsp Mini chocolate chips Optional, For decorating


  1. In a deep bowl, add eggs, milk, water, oil, orange zest and mix until smooth. 

  2. Add cake mix and mix until just combined. 

  3. In a separate bowl, add flour and cranberries. Mix them with a spoon until the cranberries and fully coated.
  4. Dump these "floured cranberries" into your cake batter. Gently fold them into your cake mixture with a wooden spoon.

  5. Pour this batter into two floured/greased round cake pans (Dimensions: 8x2).

  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.

  7. Allow these cakes to cool completely. 

  8. Place one cake on a cake stand. Spread frosting on top. Place the other cake on top of the frosting and press gently to stick everything together. 
  9. Ice the entire cake in frosting and cover it in shredded coconut. 

  10. Top it off with some fresh cranberries, candied nuts, mini chocolate chips (optional), gold and silver edible pearls.  

  11. Slice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cranberry Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 742 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 62%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 332mg 14%
Potassium 177mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 94g 31%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 86g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.