Monday, November 8, 2010

TWD: Cranberry Shortbread Cake

This cake was a huge success! It falls into my favorite category of baked goods: hybrids! Part shortbread, part cake, part pie - ALL DELICIOUS! I was feeling a little lazy this weekend and was tempted to use canned cranberry sauce, but I pulled up my socks and made the filling as directed in the recipe. I'm so glad I did. It was phenomenal with just the right balance of sweetness and tartness accented by a hint of fresh orange flavor. I am definitely going to make this cake again and again with different fillings. Blueberries or cherries anyone? The only change I made to the recipe was to crumble the topping over the filling (like a streusel) instead of rolling it and laying out flat on top. I'm sending out a huge thank you to Jessica of Singleton in the Kitchen chose Not-Just-for Thanksgiving Cranberry Shortbread cake on pages 208-209. Check out her blog for the recipe!

25 comments:

Bergamot said...

This is lovely cake...love the crumble on top of the cake

Nickki said...

Looks so pretty with the crumble on top...great idea! I also loved this recipe :-)

Mary said...

I love the crumbly topping, and cherries sound amazing as an alternative--I hadn't thought of that. I was pretty lazy too, and didn't make this till last night. I used raspberries--mmm.
:)

Jessica said...

I loved this cake too! And yours looks amazing! If you're looking for an alternative filling, I used cinnamon/sugar apples and they were delicious!

Karen said...

The crumb topping on this looks fabulous! Lovely job Tia! :)

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Love the streusel idea! Great looking cake, Tia! :)

cindy said...

I like your blueberry suggestion. And the crumble on top--what a classy touch. Have a great day.

Danielle said...

Tia this looks so delicious! It'd be perfect to make for Thanksgiving. Great job on the cake!

Peggy said...

Hey girl. I tried to leave you a comment early this morning and for some reason it would not take me to the comment section. It is working fine now - who knows. I'm so glad you did this with a crumble top so I could see it. Looks delicious! I might try that on my next cake. Yum.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

hey-ggod idea with the crumble. looks great!!

Kayte said...

Oh, I love how you did the top, that looks so delicious that way, all bumpy and good. Very pretty slice.

Cakelaw said...

I like the streusel idea. I agree that this was all delicious!

Jessica said...

Tia, your cake looks delicious! I love the idea of crumbling the top. Thanks for baking along with me this week!

Flourchild said...

Thank you for saying you like my rolling pin..I love it..It's a Paula Deen brand and I got it at Walmart!
Your cake looks so good...I l-o-v-e the crumble topping!

Amber Marie said...

Nice way to do the topping! I loved this one too.

TeaLady said...

Oh, yeah. Lots of possibilities with this one. Nutella?? Blueberries?? Caramelized apples?? Lots of times in this house too.

Love they crumbly looking topping.

scrambledhenfruit said...

This is gorgeous! I love the beautiful cranberry layer in the middle. It looks like a perfect holiday dessert. :)

spike. said...

I'm so behind but it seems like this one was loved by all!

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful photos! I agree with you, this is one of the best recipes in the book.

Becky said...

cool idea on the crumble.

Jacque said...

Yours look awesome! I like the idea of crumbling the top crust on. (This recipe proved to be so versatile!)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Tina that looks just like what I want for breakfast. Right. Now. Darnit. I'm not able to reach through my screen. Maybe if I lick it I can get just a little taste.

Sighh... no luck. I will just have to make this and give 3/4ths of it away so I don't eat it all.

Thank-you for all the comments on my blog! They were a nice surprise and I loved reading them all.

Laura

Lynne said...

Great thinking outside the box! The crumble topping looks great. I loved this recipe, too.

Carolyn Jung said...

A cake that would be irresistible any time of day. With a fresh brewed pot of tea, I'd be in heaven eating this.

Jess said...

Ooh, cherries, please! But your cranberry cake looks great, especially with the crumble on top.