Hello all– We all know that people have definite opinions about fruit cake. My dad loved it. But the rest of us were not so sure.
So this cake is my compromise. It sort of looks fruit cake-esque. Little bits of dried cranberries and chocolate bits (I know, not a fruit!). And then, cream cheese frosting which nothing like a fruit cake. oh well.
And we ate it after Christmas Eve lunch with the grandparents– such a sweet time with them. There’s just one slice left on the kitchen counter. I’m pretty sure it will be someone’s midnight snack.
CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY “FRUIT CAKE”
1 white cake mix
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup water
1 cup dried cranberries, chopped to bits*
1 cup mini chocolate chips**
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound box powdered sugar (3 3/4 cups)
1 tsp. vanila
2 to 3 tab. milk
1 cup cranberries
3 to 4 tab. sugar
Mix up the cake according to the directions on the package. Mine called for 3 eggs, 1/2 cup canola oil and 1 cup water. Gently fold in the chopped cranberries and mini chocolate chips. And scoop the batter into two 8″ or 9″ cake pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake the cake layers 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees until they ae lightly browned and are firm to the touch. Let the cake layers cool.
To make the frosting, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and if it seems a bit stiff still, add the 3rd tablespoon of milk. Frost the cake layers.
Put the cranberries and sugar into a small zip loc bag and shake until the berries are coated with sugar. Arrange them on the frosted cake with a bit of greenery ( I used bits of pine from the the back of the Christmas tree!) Enjoy!
*I like to mince the dried cranberries so they just give a touch of sweetness, but don’t seem gummy.
** Use mini chocolate chips– they won’t sink to the bottom of the cake like the standard chips do.
Sweet Jobay & Jodi– ending up our Christmas Eve lunch and ready to open gifts with the Great Grandparents.