Cranberry Cake with Almonds

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If you’re looking for a way to enjoy cranberries this season, make this cranberry cake with almonds. There are a lot of flavors and textures happening in this recipe for a unique and tasty dessert experience.

The cake is sweet and the cranberries are tart to give your taste buds some action. Then you have the fluffy cake with the crunchy almonds to add different textures to the mix.

Cranberry almond cake in a sheet pan.

Sweet and Tart Cranberry Cake

Cranberry almond cake works well as a dessert or as a cranberry coffee cake. Since the cake is not overly sweet, it’s delicious for breakfast or brunch.

Serve cranberry cake with almonds as a coffee cake or breakfast dessert during the holidays. I originally made this recipe while trying out the Ninja Foodi Oven.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may recognize this cake from my feed. However, cranberry cake is so delicious that it deserves a spot on the blog where people can easily print the recipe.

My cousin was nice enough to share it with me, so I hope you can add it to your family favorites, as well. As I said, I used the Ninja Foodi Oven to bake this cake. I used the included sheet pan (13 x 13) for baking, and it ended up shaving quite a bit of time off the usual baking time.

Cranberry cake on a plate with pan and spatula.

Around the holidays when the oven is in use, using the Ninja Foodi Oven is super helpful. Of course, there are no special kitchen gadgets required to make this cake. Simply use your traditional oven if you don’t have a Ninja Foodi.

Cranberries, flour, and cake batter in bowls.

Cranberry Cake Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 2/3 cup almond slivers

Cranberry Cake Directions:

In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thickened.

Eggs and sugar in a bowl.

Add butter and almond extract and continue to beat mixture.

Cake batter in a bowl with the mixer above it.

Slowly mix in flour until combined.

Fold in cranberries.

Grease the baking pan and spread the mixture in evenly.

Almond cake with cranberries in a baking sheet.

Sprinkle almonds on the top.

If you use the Ninja Foodi Oven, bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Cake dough by Ninja Foodi Oven.

Check with a toothpick.

Let cool and serve. 

Cake in the Ninja Foodi Oven.

How to Bake in the Oven

My cousin typically uses a 13 x 9 baking dish and bakes in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

You end up with about 20 servings and thicker slices if you go that route, so be sure to adjust the nutrition facts if that matters to you.

We chose to sprinkle the almond slivers on top of the cake.

Part of this was because we forgot to mix them in with the cranberries, but it ended up being a happy accident.

Topping the cake with almonds adds an additional crispy crunch that everyone loved.

You can choose to mix the almond slivers into the batter or add them to the top like we did.

Baked cake in the Ninja Foodi Oven.
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This cake is flavorful enough on its own, but feel free to top with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting if you’re feeling it.

Additional Mix-ins

Again, there’s a good blend of flavors in this cake, but you can also add your choice of favorite mix-ins if you want to get creative.

White chocolate chips, caramel bits, walnuts, and pecans are just a few ideas that could be super tasty additions.

Fresh cranberries in a colander.

Cranberry Cake Recipes Notes and FAQ

Can I use Frozen Cranberries?

If you don’t have fresh cranberries for this cake, you can use frozen. Just thaw them first.

Can you substitute dried cranberries for fresh in recipes?

You can substitute dried cranberries for fresh cranberries in baked goods, but remember to use 1/4 cup LESS of the dried. If a recipe calls for 1 cup of fresh cranberries, use 3/4 cup dried.

Are Craisins the same as dried cranberries?

Yes. A lot of people call dried cranberries Craisins because it sounds like raisins. You’ll only ever see Craisin on Ocean Spray dried cranberries, though. They trademarked the word. 

Should dried cranberries be soaked before baking?

You don’t have to soak them, but if you want to get closer to a fresh cranberry feel in your recipe, soaking is easy. Just soak the cranberries in hot water and let them stand for 15 to 20 minutes and strain before using them. 

More Recipe with Cranberries to try:

Yield: 25 slices

Cranberry Almond Cake

Cranberry almond cake in a sheet pan

Sweet cake with tart cranberries for a tasty blend of flavors.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 2/3 cup almond slivers


  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thickened. Add butter and extract and continue to beat mixture.
  2. Slowly mix in flour until combined. Fold in cranberries.
  3. Grease the baking pan and spread the mixture in evenly.
  4. Sprinkle almonds on the top.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Check with a toothpick.
  6. Let cool and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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    1. It’s really cool, Michelle! I was able to give away my toaster oven and air fryer for this ONE space-saving gadget. Love it!

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