Welcome to the wondrous world of the pound cake recipe, a dessert that has been made traditionally with a pound of four different ingredients. Flour, butter, eggs, and sugar.
Moving away from these ingredients, what sets a pound cake apart is its distinct shape, usually a pound cake is baked in a bundt mold, however, sometimes they are baked in loaf tins if that’s not the desired shape the baker wants.
Overall they are great desserts for parties and family gatherings because of how easy they are to make and how outstanding they can look when baked in a bundt mold or tin.
Usually, they are served with a glaze or coating rather than thick icing as the cake itself is quite dense and rich in flavors and textures. So there’s no need for rich icings with these recipes!
Pound cakes just look magnificent when presented at family gatherings so why not take this opportunity to grab a recipe and get practicing!
These cakes are also best served the day after you bake them so it may be a good idea to bake this cake a day before a family gathering. This also gives you more time if something goes wrong when baking or mixing.
This cranberry pecan pound cake has been made using a can of jellied cranberry sauce as for this baker the recipe was an experiment to use what they had, and you can too. Make use of things you already have rather than buying new ones if you don’t have to or it’s not necessary for the recipe!
The great thing about pound cakes is how easy they are to throw together, they require a pound of each ingredient, hence the name.
So, for a baker who understands the basic cake ingredients you may not even need to get any extra ingredients if you have it already stocked in the pantry, for a beginner, you have a good start to go off, you’ll need a pound of everything!
Flour, eggs, butter, and sugar. This recipe has gorgeous cranberry pieces baked into the cake which when it rises, protrude out of the cake, making it look even more outstanding in color. See if you can find where the pecans are!
We love this slight twist on a cranberry pecan pound cake, the orange essences that are added to the recipe work so well with cranberries, and even though this recipe does not have pecans or require them, feel free to add them in as something extra special!
That’s what makes recipes so unique when you get experimental and make them your own through adding and taking things away.
The cranberries bake so well inside this sponge and are mixed with the orange flavors, making for a fruity and fresh cake recipe that does its purpose!
Again, no icing is required necessarily because of the sweet aromas inside, however, if you wish to do one, make use of glazes for a subtle sweetness added to the decoration of the pound cake.
You know when you see a lemon loaf, and the glaze just reminds you of how scrumptious it tastes inside?
Well, pound cakes have that same effect because the glaze shows you how little icing is required to make these cakes outstanding in taste and appearance. Sometimes the most subtle details make for the best tasting cakes.
This cranberry pecan pound cake takes roughly 75 minutes to prepare and bake, and uses 13 ingredients that we guarantee you’ve already got in your pantry and fridge!
Simply top this recipe off with crunchy pecan pieces on the sugared glaze and a few sweet dried cranberries to finish it off the right way.
Pound cakes are perfect for the holidays as they easily become family favorites to have around the dining table every year. They’re impossible to resist and definitely go down like a treat so why not bake your own from scratch?
The cranberries inside this pound cake make each bite a surprise of flavors and the pecan praline frosting is a wondrous sight every holiday at the table. Just watch the kids and adults don’t get their hands on it before the main meal is over!
What’s extra special about this cranberry pecan pound cake, is that the cake has been flooded with the freshest cranberries whole and it’s perfect for serving during the holiday seasons!
When you bake your own, be sure to go all out on the cranberries as this is what makes or breaks these cakes! We also adore the cream cheese element as we think cream cheese is such an underrated ingredient when baking.
The sweetness of the cranberries with the tartness of the cream cheese complement each other perfectly for a well-balanced and delicious pound cake.
The beauty in pound cakes comes from the inside, as the flavors are bursting with cranberries, and the sponge is dense but rich in texture.
They’re a simple cake in design, however, the taste makes up for this 100% and it’s why they have become family favorites to bake and present at family gatherings and Christmas every year!
They’re also super easy so getting your children or grandchildren involved in baking can be easier than ever. You can make this recipe a family tradition today!
We all know it’s hard to beat a homemade recipe around the holidays, so if you want something extra special this year, try this recipe with a simple glaze that can be drizzled over the freshly baked pound cake.
Then top it off with frozen cranberries and almonds for that outstanding appearance! Most of the ingredients you will already have available in your kitchen, however, if not they are simple to get hold of from your nearest store and you can be baking this cake within the hour if you wish to do so!
As we talked about at the beginning of this article, pound cakes are often baked in loaf tins as well as bundt molds because of how simple the ingredients are. This recipe entails using a loaf tin to mimic a lemon cake in a cranberry pound cake dessert.
The pound cake has a lemon glaze drizzled over it which reminds us all of our childhoods in grandma’s kitchen when she baked her fresh lemon loaf.
Lemon also compliments cranberries so well in desserts because they both have a sweetness to them that is tart and fresh!
There’s always leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving dinner, right? So, why not use your extra cranberry sauce up with this cranberry sauce pound cake recipe?
Whilst cranberry sauce is wonderful with thanksgiving dinner, we always make too much which can end up going to waste every year.
So, this recipe can ave you wasting cranberry sauce, as well as baking an outstanding dessert for the whole family the day after Thanksgiving. Also, you can enjoy the cranberry sauce throughout several recipes and dishes this way!
We love how outstanding and magnificent this cranberry pound cake looks when displayed simply, and you can too when you bake your own!
Because of the shape of pound cake molds, you can fill the center of your cake with crumbly and rich toppings so each slice of this wonderful cake has a taste of orange and brown sugar crumbs!
The glaze is also divine on the tongue and is just sweet enough to compliment the pound cake rather than overshine its magnificent flavors.
The thing about bundt and pound cakes is that they can be easily decorated to look splendid! The pound cake mold does all the rising for you with the cake and all you have to do is top it with your choice of glaze and fruit decorations.
In this case, why not try this recipe that makes use of smothering the cake in organic sour cream and butter frosting, that has coconut flakes and fresh cranberries placed on top.
These pound cake recipes bake moist and fluffy, and while they are rather dense, they make up for it with the flavors inside! This recipe uses a vanilla glaze to finish off the cake and it pairs beautifully with the orange and cranberry flavors inside the cake!
Try yours with a sprinkle of orange zest over the vanilla icing for something extra special on your homemade cake!
We love this simple cranberry pound cake recipe and you will too when you get your hands on the recipe! The result is a rich and delicious cake that may look simple, but tastes remarkable on its own, let alone with a drizzle or glaze topped to it!
Feel free to make your own glazing for this cake, however, it isn’t necessary at all so it’s up to you!
When making your own pound cakes, it’s easy to add in ingredients that you want to try out to see if they will work. This recipe uses pumpkin to pair with the cranberries in an unusual combination, however, bakes fantastically!
It’s been smothered in almonds and other nuts to add that crunch to the toppings. And the cranberries inside are just divine when baked right!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Put Pecans In My Pound Cake Recipe?
Of course! Pecans pair amazingly with pound cake recipes and especially cranberries. The sweetness of the cranberries and the richness of the pecans make for great cake recipes so try out both combinations today.
How Should I Decorate My Cranberry Pound Cake?
You’re the baker, so when it comes down to it, it’s your decision on the decorating! However, we recommend either leaving the decorations out this time because the pound cakes are outstanding on their own, or using a simple glaze to top off the cake.
There really is no need for fancy decorations with these recipes.
We hope you can find a cranberry pecan pound cake recipe to work for you this Thanksgiving or Christmas from our outstanding list!
Our personal favorite was the cranberry pecan pound cake by The Southern Lady Cooks because it utilizes ingredients that the baker had in their pantry and kitchen which is upcycling to the max!