My husband's bday fell on a weekday this year. Since I've been busy, I didn't have a chance to plan an elaborate bday cake or dessert and knew that some variant on SG's cake was in order. I also had a bag of frozen cranberries that I had defrosted that I wanted to use up. And thus, the cranberry version was born...Pictured below w/ candles (yes, he's older than 3).
I followed the original recipe (see link). I did add the zest of one lime (lemon or orange could work just as well) to the batter and used superfine sugar as always. The whole bag of cranberries seemed like too much, so I poured on about 2/3 of the bag. Remembering how tart cranberries can be, I loaded on nearly 1/4 c. of granulated sugar on top. With all the wet fruit on top, it was taking longer to bake than usual. I took it out after 80 min.
Well, the bday boy really liked this version. We thought the balance was good. It was still pretty tart even w/ that extra sugar. I liked the slight bitter edge from the cranberries and lime coming together. I've decided that my favorite renditions of this cake have been w/ berries. Their bursts of bright flavor and lack of tough skin seem to complement this cake well. Special enough even for a birthday.
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