Cranberry loaf cake is a favorite for Christmas with my family and is so pretty.

Cranberry Loaf Cake The Southern Lady Cooks

Cranberry Loaf Cake is wonderful for the Christmas holidays. I make this loaf cake often as it is good anytime of the year. You can easily substitute different fruits and berries. This dessert keeps well for several days in a cool place. I normally just put it under a cake cover and it never lasts long at my house. This cake is delicious coffee. This cranberry dessert makes a great gift, too.

You might also like our recipe for easy Christmas divinity.

Cranberry Loaf Cake Ingredients:

All-purpose flour


Baking powder

Butter, softened

White granulated sugar



Sour cream

Vanilla extract

Chopped fresh cranberries

Chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts

Glaze Ingredients Needed:

Powdered sugar


Recipe Notes: You don’t have to use the glaze. You can easily dust this loaf cake with powdered sugar.

Recipe Comments: “I love how pretty this cake turned out!!”-Kelly

“Made this for our church gathering last week and everyone loved it! Thank you for always sharing such wonderful recipes!! I also gave Front Porch Life Magazine for Christmas gifts last year and everyone loved it! I plan to do it again this year”-Sharon

If you like this loaf cake, you may want to check out our other cranberry recipes. Also, don’t forget about our maple banana bread. It’s delicious and also makes a fabulous food gift for the holidays.

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Cranberry Loaf Cake The Southern Lady Cooks

Cranberry Loaf

Judy Yeager
Easy Cranberry Bread
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course bread
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped nuts pecans or walnuts

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons milk


  • Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and set aside. In a mixing bowl cream the butter, sugar and eggs with a mixer. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix along with milk, sour cream and vanilla extract.
  • Fold in the chopped cranberries and nuts with a spoon. Spray a 9 x 5 bread pan with cooking spray. Pour in batter and bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes checking center at 1 hour since ovens will vary.
  • Makes 1 loaf cake.

Glaze instructions

  • Whisk together and drizzle over cake.
Keyword Cranberry Loaf
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