Ina First Fridays: Cranberry and Apple Cake

Our Ina First Friday group is coming to an end. Never fear, we'll all still be making Ina dishes, but we agree it's time to move on to new things. You can always go to our Ina Pinterest board and find recipes. As we make Ina recipes in the future, my hope is everyone will pin them there. I'm going to. It's been a fun experience, making new blog friends and seeing everyone's take on Ina Garten recipes. Ina is the greatest!

Ina labels this cake easy. Something we all like to read this time of year. The recipe was inspired by a cranberry pie from Sarah Chase's book Cold Weather Cooking. (I love Sarah's cookbooks and am going to look up her pie recipe ASAP!) The cake didn't take any time at all to prepare and I think everyone in the family will enjoy it. Ina used a 10" pie plate and I used a lovely Emile Henry ceramic pie dish my DIL gave me....somewhat smaller, but deeper. When I looked the recipe up online, every photo looked different. It all depended on size of your pie pan. My cake was a tad moist at the bottom, no doubt the result of using frozen cranberries. Use fresh if available. I was using up frozen cranberries from last year. Still, it was light and delicious. 

Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake
2010, Barefoot Contessa, How Easy Is That?

12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over for stems
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/8 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine the cranberries, apple, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With the mixer on medium, add 1 cup of the granulated sugar, the butter, vanilla, and sour cream and beat just until combined. On low speed, slowly add the flour and salt.

Pour the fruit mixture evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate. Pour the batter over the fruit, covering it completely. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle it over the batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the fruit is bubbling around the edges. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Ina Fridays participants:


  1. So fruity and tempting! A heavenly cake.



  2. Your cake looks lovely. I don't think Ina has ever led me astray. She's truly the best!

  3. It looks pretty in that dish..I am sure i would like it..I am following your board:)

  4. A cake and a pie combined….I like the idea.

  5. Love this cake, Barbara! Cranberries and apples are one of my favorite partners. There's no doubt in my mind that when you and Ina work your magic it has to be dee..li...cious! Love that pie dish too:)

    I was just looking back on a quick links post I did for Ina for her birthday because I thought for sure this recipe was there. It wasn't! I think I will up date that post and include this new addition! Many people still visit it even though it was posted in 2010! Yes, Ina is that good!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Barbara...I will be repining:)

  6. I'm sorry to see Ina's Fridays come to an end. Cranberries and apples sound divine together.

  7. I hadn't seen this one; it's sort of clafoutish--simple and good. Just right for fall! Happy Friday;)

  8. Absolutely delicious I love cranberries Barbara:)

  9. I love cranberries, Barbara, so I would love this! I am following your board too. It will be a great reference place and I hope the group will continue to post Ina recipes along the way also.

  10. I want this, badly. I believe you know cranberries rank second only to pumpkin this time of year!

  11. Hi Barbara, Ina's recipes are the best!

  12. I wish fresh cranberries were not so expensive over here. The cake looks super!

  13. Howdy Barbara ! Your apple cranberries cake looks awesome good. Hope you're having a fantastic weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy

  14. This looks amazing. I agree that I will always go to Ina's cookbooks for easy and good recipes.

    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  15. Cranberries with apples seems like the perfect combination, this cake is definitely down my alley :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. Dear Barbara, This is a wonderful cake. It is perfect with coffee. Blessings, Catherine

  17. i LOVE your dish, and the food made in it looks pretty outstanding too. :)



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