Monday, February 10, 2014

Cranberry Breakfast Cake -Secret Recipe Club

Welcome to my first Secret Recipe Club post of the year! This time, I was assigned a fabulous blog called A Spoonful of Thyme. I was thinking I might like to go and live with Kate so she can feed me. I’ve been pretty lazy about cooking lately, and all her food looks so good. There were so many delicious recipes to choose from and it was hard to pick just one. At first I was going to make Potato Cheese Soup, but I didn't have any ale. These Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms also looked pretty amazing. In the end, I decided to go with a Cranberry Breakfast Cake, because I felt like having cake. This recipe was super easy, and I made it 3 times in one week.

I always have cranberries in the freezer because you just never know when you’ll need some. There’s no reason why you can’t have cranberry sauce with your chicken all year long is there? This recipe calls for fresh, but mine were still frozen and they still worked out perfectly.

I used a loaf pan the first time, and a round pan the second and third time. The second time, I cut the recipe in half. It took about 10 minutes less to cook, but then I had to make another cake the next day because we wanted more.

I didn't have any turbinado sugar left, so I just used regular granulated sugar and it was fine. It adds a little crunch to the top. The second and third time I chopped up some almonds and sprinkled them on top before baking. Nuts are optional of course, but they had a nice roasted flavour and we like them.

Secret Recipe Club

Cranberry Breakfast Cake
From A Spoonful of Thyme
Makes 10 slices

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 heaping cup of fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons sugar (turbinado if you have it)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a loaf pan (or round pan) and set aside. I also lined mine with parchment.

In a bowl, mix the melted butter and sugar with a wooden spoon. It won't take long. 30 seconds will do.

Beat in the eggs and extract until creamy. Another minute here.

Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt just until combined, then gently fold in the cranberries.

Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining sugar. The batter was very thick, you can just use a spoon to push it evenly into the pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes depending on your pan. Use a toothpick to test at 30 minutes.

Let the cake cool completely before cutting.


  1. Now that looks like my kind of breakfast!!!! Love it!

  2. You cant go wrong with cake for breakfast - this looks delicious!

  3. YUM! I have two bags of cranberries in my freezer just waiting to be used. This would be perfect!

  4. Loved that you tried both a loaf and a cake pan.

  5. Oh my gosh, that looks so delicious! I don't have cranberries right now, but I bet I could make it with strawberries... hmm... I mean... cake for breakfast! Awesome!
    Also, I had your blog this month and I LOVED it. I made your mini chocoalte cinnamon donuts for the reveal, but want to make so many more of your recipes. And I made your flax crackers for my husband who is on a low-carb diet, so I have to thank you for that recipe, as well!!

  6. I am so happy you had my blog and liked the cranberry cake! I had to laugh as I made it three times also in a very short window of time....I too added almonds to the top and enjoyed the crunch!!! Great minds work together! Thank you for the kind words.

  7. I make something a lot like this with blueberries, but cranberries sounds really good! I am kind of a cranberry addict.

  8. I bet these would be great with blueberries too. Yum yum I have some of those in the freezer. All these SRC recipes are making me hungry

  9. Looks beautiful. Cranberries are such an under used ingredient!

  10. I love cranberry anything and always have cranberries in the freezer, too. This looks so good - no wonder you made it so many times!

  11. That would go great with a yummy cup of coffee. Perfect breakfast!

  12. It looks like a fantastic cake. I've never had a cranberry cake before but it's a great idea.

  13. Cake for breakfast! I love it. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

  14. This sounds delicious and is just the way to use up leftover cranberries in the freezer from the holidays.

  15. I was wondering where you got those cranberries this time of year! I always say I need to freeze some, and then I never get around to it! Looks wonderful. :)

  16. Now I know what to do with those extra bags of frozen cranberries - make this cake... immediately!

  17. This inspires me to look this yummy recipes. Thanks for this food guide.