Cranberry Pound Cake for Christmas
This Daddy in the kitchen recipe is a cranberry pound cake. While the kids call it “Daddy in the kitchen”, kids are welcome to help with this recipe too. Kids love to measure, and there is a lot of that to do with this recipe, so you can bake as a family.
Here’s what we need to make this recipe:
For the cake:
- 187 grams flour sifted. (It’s approximately 1 ½c plus 3tbsp, but weigh it to make sure. Too much flour and it will be dense and dry.)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1c fresh cranberries
- 5oz white chocolate chunks
- ½ c unsalted butter
- 1 ½ c sugar
- ½ c heavy cream (sometimes called heavy whipping cream)
- ½ c mascarpone cheese
- 3 eggs
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp. browned butter
- ¼ c butter
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 1/2c powdered sugar
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- The first thing we do is preheat the oven to 350F. Have the kids butter and flour an 8.5×4.5×3 inched loaf pan and then line it with parchment. (The parchment helps it come out easily.) Take the flour, baking powder, and salt. Sift it 3 times then set aside. This is a great part to include the kids.
- Now is Daddy time: in a small sauce pan over medium heat brown 2.5 Tbsp. butter until it’s an amber color. Remove the foam and set aside to cool. Whisk the egg with vanilla and set aside.
- If your kids are old enough not to make a mess let them do this part. Next, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Slowly add sugar and continue beating until creamy. Add the heavy cream and mascarpone and beat on medium speed.
- Now switch to low speed. Gradually add dry ingredients and eggs.
- Have your kids pour the ingredients while you control the mixer. Now add a hand full of flour to the chocolate chunks and toss until covered. Do the same with the cranberries. Pour the white chocolate into the batter and stir well. Add the cranberries and gently stir.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Smooth the top and gently tap all around the pan to work out any air bubbles.
- Take a butter knife and draw a line down the center of the pound cake, then pour the browned butter in the line.
- Bake 55 to 65 minutes, turning half way. It will be done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Let cool 15 minutes then remove from pan and let cool on a rack.
When the pound cake is cool, we can make the glaze. Let’s do it together. With our trusty mixer we cream together softened butter and cream cheese until smooth, then mix in the vanilla extract. Spread on the cake and put in the fridge to set. If you want you can sprinkle the cake with left over white chocolate chunks and fresh cranberries for garnish.
Here’s how we do it. We take ½ c white chocolate and 1Tbsp vegetable oil and let melt smooth in a saucepan. Sprinkle the cake with a handful of cranberries then drizzle the white chocolate mixture over the cranberries. Whether you want to add that garnish or not is completely up to you. The cake is yummy either way.
Cook with your kids this holiday. It’s easy and fun.