Christmas Cake Valentine Cake Cranberries Sauce Currant Jelly Buttermilk Buscuit Mix

At Christmas time, in addition to making cookies by the dozens to distribute to friends, family, and also to have at home, you might want to add a Christmas cake to your repertoire.  I wager that most families have a favorite Christmas cake recipe.  I am going to tell you about mine which is called “Cranberry Jewel Cake”.  It is not only delicious, it is beautiful when turned out, and, easy to make!

The required ingredients:

4 tbs. butter

½ cup sugar

1 cup red currant jelly

2 cups fresh cranberries, washed

3 cups buttermilk biscuit mix

1 cup sugar

¼ cup shortening

1 cup milk

2 eggs

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

Fluffy Sauce, below

Directions:

–          Preheat oven to 350F

–          Spray 10” tube pan with cooking spray

–          In small saucepan combine butter, ½ cup sugar, and jelly

–          Heat, stirring constantly, until jelly is melted and mixture comes to boiling

–          Pour into prepared pan; layer cranberries over jelly mixture

–          Place biscuit mix, sugar, shortening, milk, eggs, nutmeg, and vanilla in large bowl

–          With electric mixer at low speed, beat 30 seconds to blend; then beat at medium speed 4 minutes

–          Spoon batter carefully over cranberries in pan

–          Bake 40-45 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean

–          Cool cake in pan on wire rack 1 minute.

–          Loosen around edge; place serving plate on top; invert; shake gently; lift off pan

–          Serve warm with Fluffy Sauce.

–          8-10 servings

–          May be baked ahead of time and reheated just before serving.

While your cake is baking, you can be making the Fluffy Sauce:

–          ¼ cup butter

–          1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

–          1 egg

–          Vanilla

Beat all ingredients with an electric mixer. (May be doubled).  Keep refrigerated.

To serve, as instructed above, turn out your cake onto your most beautiful Christmas plate. The Fluffy Sauce can be placed in a container that fits in the empty center of the cake, spooned carefully around the base of the cake, or served in a separate container equally as beautiful as your cake plate.

Serve it with flare and your guests will be intrigued by the appearance of the cake and then be raving over the fabulous taste!  This one is definitely a keeper!  Keep in mind that it can also be served as a Valentine Cake or anytime you wish to impress your guests with your culinary abilities.

Reference:
1. Cake Recipes & Videos – Joyofbaking.com *Video Recipes*
2. A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn: Buttermilk Griddlecakes