Cranberry-Vanilla Mini Bundt Cakes

Cranberry-Vanilla Mini Bundt Cakes

This Cranberry-Vanilla Mini Bundt Cake Recipe is a variation from a Sunset Magazine Recipe. The mini bundt cakes are very festive for the holidays and are moist and delicious! Because cranberries are available frozen, these little cakes can be made all year. You will need a mini bundt pan with 12 cups… the Wilton brand pan is great (Walmart, approx $9).

  • heaping 1/2 C frozen or fresh cranberries
  • 6 T cranberry juice cocktail, divided
  • 1 C plus 6 T granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • 5 oz cream cheese, room temperature, divided
  • 1/2 C butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla, divided
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 C powdered sugar

Bring cranberries, 2 T juice and 1/4 C granulated sugar to a boil in small saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer mixture, stirring often, until most of berries pop, about 4-5 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 3 T juice and puree in food processor. Let cool completely.

Beat butter, 3 oz of cream cheese and 1 C plus 2T granulated sugar in bowl with mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, 1 t vanilla and salt. Beat on medium until blended.

Whisk together flour and baking powder in medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to batter and beat on low speed just until blended.

Fill each Bundt cup (after sprayed with Pam) with 2 T batter. Dot each with 1 t cranberry sauce, then dallop 1 T batter on top of sauce, leaving some of it exposed. With a toothpick, swirl sauce and batter together.

Bake cakes in preheated oven @ 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in thickest part comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Invert cakes from pan, using a small spatula if necessary to loosen them.

Beat remaining 2 oz of cream cheese in bowl with a mixer until smooth. Add 1/2 t vanilla and powdered sugar. Add 4 t water(can add a little more if too thick to drizzle over cakes) and beat until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over slightly warm cakes…

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