Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

Cranberry Christmas Cake

I found this recipe in a baking magazine over fifteen years ago. It was such a hit with the family, we’ve made it ever since for the holidays. The dense, sweet cake is the perfect backdrop for the bright, tart berries, and it’s so pretty with a dollop of whipped cream on the top.

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
¾ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
2/3 cup chopped pecans

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs with sugar until slightly thickened and light in color, about 5 minutes. Add butter and extract-beat 2 minutes. Stir in flour just until combined. Stir in the cranberries and pecans. Spread in a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream id desired. Yield: 16-20 servings.

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Now I’d like to welcome Christi Barth to the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.


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Becca Huntley’s produced the Lyndale Park Player’s over-the-top Christmas pageant for ten years. The beloved Minneapolis tradition is the theatre’s main fundraiser. But this year’s production is almost canceled when their director disappears into rehab at the last minute. Good thing his directing partner steps in to save the day. Except for the minor fact that he hates everything about Christmas.
Jack Whittaker wiped the Twin Cities off his shoe with his graduation tassel and never looked back. But duty compels him to fulfill Tyler’s promise to direct the show. Even though it means working side-by-side with Becca, the girl he always wanted, lost to Ty, but never forgot.
It’ll take more than a few handfuls of tinsel to soften Jack’s heart toward Becca’s favorite holiday. Steamy kisses that melt the snow right off his boots are a step in the right direction. They’ll both discover that Christmas is about making each other's dreams come true. But will doing so destroy their chance at a happily-ever-after together?

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