This Cranberry Pound cake is a wonderful cake to make during the holiday season. It’s also really pretty and looks great on a dessert table.

Cranberry Pound Cake

Take a moment and read this great story on Front Porch Life about my Grandmother. Leigh talks about Jellied Cranberry Sauce and The Great Depression.

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This cranberry pecan pound cake was an experiment that turned out wonderful. This cake is made with a can of jellied cranberry sauce. I think this cake is better the next day, so you can easily make this one in advance!


  • all-purpose flour
  • white granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • butter, unsalted
  • eggs
  • baking soda
  • ground cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
  • can of jellied cranberry sauce
  • crushed pecans


  • Powdered Sugar
  • Whipping Cream


You could always use walnuts or leave the nuts out altogether. You could use a rum extract to add a different flavoring. I think you could easily add sweetened coconut to this cake as well for a new flavor and texture.


This is an easy pound cake to make and it’s delicious!


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 and spray a bundt pan. Using a mixer, mix sugar and melted butter together. Add eggs one at a time, and continue mixing.

Step 2
Add in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla, cranberry sauce and pecans. Mix well. This will be a thick heavy batter. 

Step 3
Pour evenly into the pan. My pan was 3/4 full. Bake for one hour or until it tests done. Let the cake cool and add glaze.


I let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then remove it. I also spray it really well so it doesn’t stick. I like to use a spray bakers spray it seems to work really well.


If you have followed our website for any amount of time you know we are a lover of all pound cakes. This Old Fashioned Pound Cake is one that has been in our family for many many years. It has amazing reviews. If you are looking for another holiday cake you may want to try our Pumpkin Pound Cake. It’s very similar to this one but made with a can of pumpkin.

You could also use different frosting on this cake and it would be delicious. Cream cheese frosting would be good!

Cranberry Pound Cake


This cake is wonderful for the holiday season so it would be great on a dessert table with this wonderful Southern Jam Cake or this Sweet Chocolate Pie.


Can I use fresh cranberries?

I really don’t think this is a recipe you can alter. The moisture in the jellied cranberry sauce it an important part of this cake.

Can I make this cranberry pound cake with gluten free flour?

You can always try but I haven’t made it that way. If it’s a flour that works well in baking I see no reason why it wouldn’t work.

Can I make this cake in advance?

Yes, I think it is better the next day, so it can definitely be made in advance.


I just store this cake in a cool place in a cake container. It seems to work well!


Old Fashioned Water Pie

Also known as Depression Pie, this one is so easy and so good!

Southern Jam Cake

This cake is a holiday tradition in our family! It’s fantastic!

Old Fashioned Tomato Soup Cake

This cake was on the back of a Campbell Soup can years ago!


This cake is about 10 servings depending on how you slice the cake.

This Vintage Cakes Digital Ebook is full of our most popular old fashioned cake recipes. Now in one ebook you can have all these recipes right at your fingertips! Any of these cakes are perfect for any gathering, from the holiday dessert table to any potluck! 

  • These cakes go back many generations are tried and true delicious!
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Cranberry Pecan Pound Cake

Anne Walkup

This Cranberry Pound Cake is a dessert your family will love and it's perfect for Christmas. It's so easy to make and has a wonderful flavor!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 1 hour hr

Total Time 1 hour hr 10 minutes mins

Course Cake, Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 8 servings




  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of melted butter unsalted
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 14 ounce can of jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup of crushed pecans

Glaze for Cake

  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of whipping cream



  • Preheat oven to 350 and spray a bundt pan. Using a mixer, mix sugar and melted butter together.

  • Add eggs one at a time, continue mixing. Add in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla, cranberry sauce and pecans. Mix well.

  • This will be a thick heavy batter. Pour evenly into pan. My pan was 3/4 full. Bake for one hour or until it tests done. Let cake cool and add glaze.

Glaze Instructions

  • Mix together. You can add more whipping cream to get desired thickness. Drizzle over cake.

Keyword Cranberry Pecan Pound Cake

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Hi, I’m Mohamed. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I’ve been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food on the blog because I believe in a balanced diet.

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