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Cranberry-Almond Pound Cake

When you want an extra-special dessert for the holidays, it’s hard to beat a seasonal homemade cake. I like to drizzle mine with a simple but elegant glaze flavored with amaretto. —Jackie Howell, Tucson, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup amaretto
  • 4 ounces almond paste
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 teaspoons 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons amaretto
  • Sugared cranberries and sliced almonds, toasted, optional


  • In a small saucepan, combine dried cranberries and amaretto. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat almond paste, half of the butter, and 1/4 cup sugar until well blended. Add remaining butter and remaining sugar; cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in almond extract.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Fold in fresh cranberries and dried cranberry mixture. Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • Bake at 325° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55-65 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Combine glaze ingredients; beat until smooth. Drizzle over cake. If desired, top with sugared cranberries and sliced almonds.

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  • Deanna
    Feb 3, 2021

    This cake would be really delicious except it is very dry I have made it twice hoping that the second one would have been moist but it didn’t. Any suggestions about making this cake moister I would appreciate the suggestion.

  • grandma ikki
    Nov 27, 2017

    I have been making this for years. It is a spectacular looking dessert and the flavor is amazing. I have also done this in mini loaf pans to give as gifts.

  • djmcris
    Jan 2, 2015

    Wonderful cake. Made for the Xmas holidays and got rave reviews. The cake is visually beautiful and festive looking and the flavors are well balanced.

  • SylviaEmiline
    Dec 7, 2013

    This pound cake has been a Christmas Favorite every year since it first appeared in the Taste of Home Magazine. It's rich, tender, delicious, and all but melts in your mouth. I usually wind up making 3 or 4 bathes of the recipe, baking most of them in different sized loaf pans, to be given as gifts to family and friends, who look forward to receiving them every year. This is, without a doubt, the best pound cake we've ever had. I omit the glaze, because it's so rich already, and doesn't need more than a dusting of powdered sugar before serving.