A Twist On A Family Classic: Fresh Cranberry Buckle Cake

What is Buckle Cake? When I decided to take a family recipe for Blueberry Buckle Cake and substitute fresh cranberries, it had me thinking about “what is buckle cake”?.  In my research I discovered that it’s a common New England dessert that consists of a yellow cake batter with berries, typically blueberries, mixed in.  The streusel topping, once baked, resembled a “buckled” surfaced.  Ok, so now that the mystery is solved lets move on to the delicious part of this post.

Using seasonal foods items is always best and since cranberries are in season, it was a perfect substitute.  It’s also important to note that I am using fresh cranberries so I can use a one-to-one ratio for the recipe.  Definitely look through your cranberries when you are rising with water.  You may need to discard a few before adding to the batter.  Happy Holidays!

Recipe Adapted from : Blueberry Buckle Post

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Fresh Cranberry Buckle Cake

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 50-60 mins
Yields: 12


  • 2 Cups - All-purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup - Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoon - Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Cup - Milk
  • 1/4 Cup - Canola Oil
  • 1 Egg (beaten)
  • 1 Teaspoon - Vanilla
  • 2 Cups - Fresh Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup - Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup - Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon - Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup - Unsalted Butter (cubed)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9" round, square or springform pan with cooking spray. I also add a piece of parchment paper to the bottom as well
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder
  3. Add the milk, oil, egg and vanilla. Mix until combined
  4. Fold in cranberries
  5. Pour into a greased 9" round, square or springform pan
  6. Topping: Mix topping ingredients together. Use a pastry cutter or fingers to crumble the butter into the mixture. Sprinkle ontop of the cake
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. When a toothpick is clean, the cake is ready. Enjoy!

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