Becky Luigart-Stayner
12 servings (serving size: 1 square)

Serve this buttery cake for a make-ahead brunch dish or at the end of a casual meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour. Combine cranberries, dates, walnuts, and rind in a bowl. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, 2 tablespoons juice, and cinnamon; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour brown sugar mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle cranberry mixture evenly over brown sugar mixture.

Step 3

Lightly spoon 1 1/2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to granulated sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spoon batter over cranberry mixture.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack; run a knife around outside edges. Invert cake onto a plate; cool.

Step 5

To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Cut cake into squares.

Ratings & Reviews

pdxcook's Review

March 27, 2012
Delicious cake. Wonderful warm and also the little bit left the next morning was still very tasty. Did not make the glaze since we were out of powdered sugar but didn't miss it. In fact, may try cutting the sugar a bit in the cake part as it seemed a little too sweet.

kbehroozi's Review

November 24, 2011

honucooks's Review

November 26, 2008
Outstanding recipe indeed. I've never made the glaze and have never missed it.

moragaebd's Review

November 26, 2010
This was great. Left out the dates and nuts, and used 2 to 3 cups of cranberries. Made the glaze, but only used about half. Cake was a little dry, so I would cook a little less time. It was delicious and everyone loved it.

oanieJ93612's Review

December 27, 2011
Super cake for a anyone who doesn't want 'SUPER-SWEEET" dessert!. Made it for a birthday cake and it was an absolute HIT!!!

barski1's Review

October 17, 2010
Delicious . I used raisins instead of dates but next time I will omit raisins and increase cranberries and nuts.

Cebennae's Review

December 15, 2012


December 28, 2015
I've made this twice over the holiday season.  It is easy and everyone raved.  The tartness of the cranberries offsets the sweet caramel.  So good and pretty too with the drizzled icing.