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Easy Cranberry Cake Recipe

Quick & easy Christmas cranberry cake recipe with cake mix - Loaded with cream cheese frosting, orange zest, candied nuts, fresh cranberries.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Decorating time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut cake, cranberry cake, holiday cake
Servings: 9 Slices
Calories: 742kcal
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


  • In a deep bowl, add eggs, milk, water, oil, orange zest and mix until smooth. 
  • Add cake mix and mix until just combined. 
  • In a separate bowl, add flour and cranberries. Mix them with a spoon until the cranberries and fully coated.
  • Dump these "floured cranberries" into your cake batter. Gently fold them into your cake mixture with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour this batter into two floured/greased round cake pans (Dimensions: 8x2).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow these cakes to cool completely. 
  • 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. 
  • Ice the entire cake in frosting and cover it in shredded coconut. 
  • Top it off with some fresh cranberries, candied nuts, mini chocolate chips (optional), gold and silver edible pearls.  
  • Slice and enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 


Calories: 742kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 86g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg